I received the cigars I used for this review from General Cigar; as always, all reviews are my own
Esteli is a region in Nicaragua known for producing delicious tobacco. Personally, I like a lot of the cigars featuring tobacco from this region. Generally, the flavor profile leans towards being more robust with a good deal of spice. So, yes, I’m looking forward to reviewing this cigar.
On the other hand, it’s a thick cigar, which is something I generally do not like. So… strike one.
But it does look well made with a few minimal veins, some oils on the darkish brown wrapper and no soft spots in any of the samples that I have tried (this being the fifth).
Ring Gauge: 60
Price: MSRP $6.36/Single
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The beginning of the cigar is quite tasty. There’s a soft, effervescent spice buttressed by a combination of flavors including: cedar, cream, coffee and some sweetness (I swear, I didn’t mean to start out with that little bit of alliteration). It all works together extremely well and there isn’t a sour note to be found so far.
Caramel starts coming through during the second third. I think the saltiness of the caramel is playing very well with the soft, yet receding, spice and coffee notes.
A hint of vanilla gets added to the blend of flavors during the final third. At this point the spice is all but gone and the flavors that remain revolve around this sweet woodiness. It’s not a bad end, per se, but the first two thirds were much better.
Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli is a good cigar with a lot of good flavors going on during the first two thirds at least. During that part the dark flavor profile was a joy to experience and, perhaps, with some more age on these cigars the flavors will develop even more so.