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by Bryan Glynn, May 15, 2013
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La Gloria Cubana® is making a bold departure from its Dominican roots with the launch of two new Nicaraguan collections, the first-ever La Glorias to have Nicaragua as the country of origin. Both expressions will mark the expansion of the top-selling Serie R line which started the large ring, full flavor craze back in 1999.

According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s director of innovation, “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size and flavor spectrum of our cigars with two unique and different full-flavored Nicaraguan blends, each in ultra-large ring gauges. Both new collections are trend setters in the making.”

GCC-25726-LGC-Serie_R_Black-Box_Structure-v5The first of the two new Nicaraguan collections is a puro called Serie R Black. The blend features viso leaves from Jalapa and Esteli, and a Jalapa viso binder. The use of Jalapa viso as a binder and in the blend speaks to the spectacular characteristics of this tobacco, which was cultivated by a small, independent grower named Pedro Joaquin Guardian. It was Pedro who took a bold step by raising the tobacco on several small, unconnected plots on the craggy Jalapa mountainside. The blend is punctuated with an audacious Jalapa ligero wrapper. Harvested from the 2009 crop, this flavorful tobacco was fermented for an entire year, and aged for two and a half years.

Serie R Black debuts with a trio of brawny frontmarks, each in 18-count boxes. This includes: No 58 (6.87” x 58, SRP $6.99); No 60 (6” x 60, SRP $7.24) and No 64 (6.25” x 64, SRP $7.49). This collection will only be available for purchase through Internet/catalog retailers.
Initial details about the second Serie R offering will be released in June, with a full reveal in July at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. This new line will be a brick and mortar exclusive.
Giannini noted, “What’s also significant about both new blends is that they have the full flavor that’s characteristic of Nicaraguan tobacco, but they’re not about power. They are meant to deliver the smoking experience of a well-aged, refined and balanced Nicaraguan smoke, and we believe we’re delivering that in spades.”

PrintAbout La Gloria Cubana
La Gloria Cubana cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., a division of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana, Punch®, CAO®, Partagas®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and also exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® La Gloria Cubana, El Credito, Macanudo, Cohiba, Punch, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Co. Inc.

  • LunchBox87km

    Sounds like a good smoke, will definitely have to try it out

    • Rico

      Yum!! Those sound like an awesome smoke!!
      I gotta get my hands on one or a box. Mouth watering
      Just thinking about them…

  • TheSmokingGunman

    I am drooling already… I LOVE the Serie R line! And I love the characteristics of Nicaraguan tobacco. I’ve gotta try these for sure.

  • TimB

    Already have these on order will try one next week.

  • Daniel.A

    i want one of these. i like gloria cubana. i’ve had the serie r, maduro, habano i think, serie n, and some other one with half connecticut and habano leaf. i can’t wait to try this one. i just hope i don’t get sick from it.

  • lostonmonday

    I kinda’ have mixed feeling about this. I mean WHOOO, YEAH!!! another LGC R, but I’m also like whooo, yeah, another huge 64rg cigar. Bold flavors and no strength is pretty promising though!

  • yosef5

    A good switch for the Gloria line.
    This new line should be good

  • stevenknisley

    This is awesome. la gloria makes great cigars

  • Joseph Szeremet

    LGC R’s are one of my favorite cigars. I am super excited for this one. Plus being one that does not shy from the challenge of a 64 ring gauge cigar I am more excited than most.

  • garlar10

    Good to see General Cigar Co. Inc. still has money for advertising and marketing…

  • wcfennell

    I have yet to try a LGC but these sound like something I would definitely enjoy.

  • zzpop102

    I have not tried a LGC. I will have to pick some up.

  • MaxDuo

    These prices seem pretty nice. Honestly when I loaded the page… I saw the main pic and thought this was going to be some dumb / awesome cigar dispensor! 🙂

  • eric.hanson

    Hmmmm I’m not the biggest La Gloria fan, but I might have to give thse a shot.

  • sanchoinatree

    The Serie R was the cigar that started it for me,still one of my favorites to this day. cant wait to try these Serie R Black, they sound like an amazing stick =]

  • kurngar

    Another cigar I will need to try, the list keeps growing.

  • Jared

    Good grief, a NICARAGUAN Serie R? Because the line wasn’t powerful enough, right? Whew. That being said, I can’t stop going back to the Serie R, so I guess I’ll have to bite. I guess this also counters my previously stated idea of “only buy it if you can get it at the B&M”.

  • Craig

    I love the Serie R but the only one I smoked ended up being pretty strong in the end. Of course I hadn’t eaten much that day so that may of been it. Sounds like a good one though. I like the idea of a “Puro”.

  • Keith.VanMetre

    Sounds good. I love the serie R maduro.

    Wrapper definitely looks dyed though. hopefully none of the “Black” comes off on the fingers and lips from this one.

  • smokethis

    ok. Sounds pretty decent.

  • Dirk

    Interesting.. La Gloria isnt in my top 10 and neither is the big ring gauge. Hope folks enjoy this stick.. I will be waiting for some feedback before I jump in on this one.

  • LordCybor

    These are on my “list to try”. Nicaraguan cigars are my favorite. I hope my local B&M stock these beauties!!

  • bmac7754

    looks like a tasty stick

  • I’m dying to try these. I really enjoy a LGC, and these are STRAIGHT up my alley.

  • stevesatch

    Out of my price range but I would love to try one.

  • mikemagri

    Great packaging. Would like to try but these days, it seems the greater the packaging, the flatter the cigar.

  • jpculp57

    I hadn’t ever noticed they didn’t have a Dominican line before. Seems like a no brainer and wonder why they hadn’t up until now.

  • bond007

    looks interesting. Cant wait to try this one!

  • TimB

    Had the No 60 last night a very good smoke.Construction was great and flavor was outstanding.But you better eat first it lasted 2:50 min!No joke one of the longest and pleasurable smokes I have had in a long time.

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