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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Here we are kicking off Wednesday, and what better way to do so than by reviewing a couple of cigars on Puff.com.  Today we are going to get close and personal with the La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama and the Table 36 Integrity.

La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama

The La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama, as the name suggests, is yet another fine offering from the La Gloria Cubana brand.  As with some other cigars from the La Gloria line, there not a lot of these bad boys floating around out there - I had to do some shucking and jiving to get my hands on a few. If you follow my reviews, you know I have a fondness for the lady La Gloria, so when I saw the press release for this one, I marked it down as a future must try. Was it worth the wait and hassle to nab, or will it ultimately be a let down? Let's fire this bad boy up and find out!

The La Gloria Cubana Bella Dama measures a hefty 8x60, making it one of the larger cigars out there. Its filler is a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco, and its binder is Nicaraguan. The wrapper, meanwhile, is comprised of Ecuadorian leaves, giving this cigar a medium brown color with touches of red throughout. From a strength perspective, the Bella Dama ranges from medium to full-bodied.

Eyeballing the Bella Dama, its well-made construction is obvious. It has some veins, but they do not interfere with the feel of the cigar. Its pretty solidly made, I have to say - no soft or spongy spots at all. It has a little oiliness to the touch. A cold tasting gave off hints of honey/molasses, wood, and leather.

This stogie lights up easily enough and has a pretty smooth draw - no complications at all. The ash is spot on solid, holding for over an inch and a half, mostly white in color. A touch-up or two were needed, but overall it was a solid burn - no relights needed on this one.  Smoking this one took me around an hour and fifteen minutes, give or take.






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