If you read my blog, you would know its no secret that I am an avid La Gloria Cubana fan. From the original, to the Series R, to the Artesanos de Miami Artesanos de Miami review, to the Obelisco, to the extremely limited Series R Gigantes Serie R Maduro Limitada Gigante review that only come in the EPC Humidor 2006 Serie R Limitada Humidor review, I am proud to say I have smoked every La Gloria Cubana ever made.
I have made a ritual out of visiting their flagship store on the corner of 8th & 11th in little Havana, whenever I am in Miami, and I have even drank their in house cafe cubano, along with a smoke of course La Gloria Cubana Factory review.
Their newest release, the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale, or LGC Retro ESP, features a stunning Honduran Connecticut Wrapper that is dark golden in color, and a new Cigar Band that is very attractive.
The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale smells of dried yellow hay, and starts off with light flavors of hay and earth for most of the first third. It took a while for the core flavors to kick into full gear, but by the end of the first third the flavors really began to shine.
Dried hay, lemon meringue cream, white pepper spice and light cedar wood, intermixed with alternating bursts of sweet caramel and earthy peanut. The cream and wood flavors lay on the tongue, and the caramel and peanut flavors seem to coat the cheeks. The dried hay and white pepper spice are most apparent on the retro-hale, and creep up the back of the throat and into the nose for a very pleasant smoking experience.
The final third mellowed out into a dry earthy smoke, with yellow hay and just a touch of white pepper spice.
Overall I was very satisfied with the newest La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro ESP. It’s a dry, creamy, medium bodied smoke that is complex and full of flavor. 92 points.