Mfgr: La Gloria Cubana (DR)
Dimensions: 5.5" x 54
Wrapper: Oscuro (Ecuadorian Sumatra)
I paired this lovely lady with some Tennessee whiskey and an IPA. (or three)
This cigar is slightly uneven in shape, but well-constructed with a beautiful silky smooth wrapper. Pre-light aromas are earthy and a little sweet. The trademark "N" is glued to the wrapper, and it looks like a bit of whatever adhesive they use slipped out from under the letter and left a little streak. No biggie.
The ash held tightly, but I had some issues with an uneven burn. I had to correct it about three times over the 1.5+ hours(!) I smoked this cigar.
When it's burning evenly, this cigar produces loads of smooth, chewy smoke.
The first third has a sweet draw with flavors of smooth, rich cocoa, with a mildly spicy finish. This evolved into a taste not unlike chewing on espresso beans, with complements of honey, dark toast and vanilla. I caught some woody notes and a spice/vegetable hint by the halfway point. Towards the end, the coffee background set the stage for flavors of dark fruit, like raisins or dried prunes.
Overall: The flavors in this cigar are not complex at any one point, but it gives a very nice progression of tastes over the length of the smoke. The Serie N line is priced just below the Serie R, and I would say that's pretty fair; it's not an R, but it's a fantastic smoke in its own right. Will definitely pick up a few more.