For much of its history, Cuba has been known for two things; their sugar, and their tobacco. Some of the best cigars in the world, for quite some time, came from Cuba, and La Gloria Cubana was one of them; a cigar that was made in a factory begun in the 1880s, one made by master blenders and rolled by master cigar makers. A true treat for the people of the United States, especially during the economic boom after World War 2, when we were one of the few nations in the world that emerged without severe damage to our country and our industries.
Of course, with the Cuban revolution, all this changed. The Cuban communists killed many of the best cigar makers the country had to offer, exiling or killing the owners of the major cigar brands, and nationalizing those (like La Gloria Cubana) which they thought were good enough to be worth keeping around. And so it was that La Gloria Cubana became a cigar that the average cigar smoker in the United States was seldom, if ever, to find, either in their local humidor or on their favorite cigar shop online.
But in the 1990s, they began to manufacture La Gloria Cubana cigars elsewhere, having refounded the company outside of communist control. And having achieved that, they began making great cigars, including the Serie R. This cigar begins with a dark and oily Maduro wrapper, into which is placed the tobacco of the Dominican Republic, lovingly aged just a bit longer than one would normally age it. The cigar has deep earthy tones, a full body, and hints of espresso, and if you like dark cigars, you cannot find a better one for the price.