Cuba is well known around the world for its tobacco, and there’s a good reason for that; prior to the 1960s, they were the biggest name in cigar tobacco and cigars that the world had to offer. Indeed, before John F Kennedy signed the embargo on Cuban products, he told an assistant to round up at least one thousand of his favorite cigars; the man found 1200 within a few hours, and thus began the embargo.
Why do we embargo their cigars? Well, it may have something to do with how the cigars and other products of Cuba are now made by a government which took them at gunpoint. During the revolution, fine folks like those at La Gloria Cubana were told that they would either be making cigars for next to nothing, working for the Cuban government, or they would not be making cigars at all. Hardly much of a choice, and because of it, we’re not allowed easy access to the cigars in local humidors or online cigar shops.
La Gloria Cubana, however, was reformed, outside of Cuba, where they could make cigars how they like without a dictator telling them what to do. They are the ones who make the Serie R Esteli line, and it is a worthwhile line indeed. It begins with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper, into which is placed some of the best tobacco that can be found in Nicaragua, from Esteli and Jalapa in particular. The filler is aged a bit longer than usual to make sure that is a bit smoother, and the cigar is dark and earthy, with hints of spice and espresso. A great cigar, and one that you will likely want more of, one that may even become a favorite.