La Gloria Cubana started out in Cuba in the 1880s, a cigar company making a good cigar and one that was well-loved outside of Cuba. The times were good, the cigars were good, and the profit margin was beautiful. Things seemed like they would always be good for La Gloria Cubana.
Then came the communist revolution in Cuba, and the cigar manufacturers were not popular with the revolutionaries. Many fled to the United States, others would leave later, but the cigar manufacturing in Cuba would suffer due to the revolution, and that would culminate in the 80s and 90s when Cuban cigars began to experience serious quality control issues.
However, many of the brands were reformed outside of Cuba, and La Gloria Cubana is one of them. Reformed in 1992, they began to make their cigars outside of Cuba, and the line has seen a lot of progress since then.
The Coleccion Reserva is a cigar made to celebrate that they’ve been in operation for a quarter of a century. It begins with a Sumatran wrapper that has been grown in the dirt of Ecuador, into which is placed some of the best tobacco blended together lovingly, artfully, to make a medium-full bodied cigar that is flavorful, a bit oily, and complex.