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Monday, 24 March 2014

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March Madness is now in full swing, and the tournament is only made better by smoking a cigar.  Speaking of which, it’s time for another pair of cigar reviews on Puff.com, and today we’ll take a look at the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black and the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black No. 60

It may seem like I’m on a La Gloria Cubana kick as of late, but can you blame me?  The brand makes some damn good smokes!  One of its newer offerings is the Serie R Black, a cigar that is said to offer a ton of rich, bold flavors.  If you’ve smoked La Gloria Cubana cigars in the past, you know that they can pack quite a punch, and according to the La Gloria website, the Serie R Black not only starts strong, it remains that way throughout.  Having smoked plenty of stogies from the brand, I feel prepared for this strength.  With that being said, let’s jump into the actual review.

The La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black comes in three sizes, all of which are quite thick: the 6 x 60 No. 60, 6 ¼ x 64 No. 64, and the 6 7/8 x 58 No. 58.  I’ll be smoking the No. 60 for this review.  As for its composition, the Serie R Black is a Nicaraguan puro that is highlighted by a Jalapa Tapado Ligero wrapper.  The binder and filler also come from the Jalapa region.  In terms of strength, it comes as no surprise that this selection falls into the full-bodied category.

Undoubtedly, the first thing most will notice when looking at the Serie R Black No. 60 is its thick frame. This is a plus, as I enjoy larger cigars.  The construction of the cigar is superb. A decent amount of oil is noticeable on the dark wrapper. There are also some medium veins present. A decorative band near the head of the cigar displays the La Gloria log and the Serie R Black name. There is also a band near the foot with the La Gloria Cubana name stamped repeatedly on it. Both bands are black, red, and gray in color which looks great against the dark wrapper. The cigar has a cold taste and aroma that are mostly spicy.  

After lighting, the Serie R Black No. 60 burns well. It has a nice draw that’s a bit stiff at the start, but soon softens up. The cigar produces long gray ash that contrasts nicely with the cigar's dark appearance. Touching up is not necessary, and it only needs a single re-light.






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