To fully appreciate the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigar, one must first understand the origins of La Gloria Cubana (LGC) and the man that brought it to prominence: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. After taking over the Carrillo family's boutique-style El Credito factory in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood in the '80s, Ernesto began attracting cigar enthusiasts through his quality craftsmanship and fuller-bodied smoking profiles. Cigar Aficionado then gave the LGC line a host of high ratings in their inaugural issue, and the brand became one of the most sought-after smokes throughout the cigar boom of the '90s.
This led to the eventual acquisition of La Gloria Cubana by Swedish Match in 1999, with Ernesto staying on for the next decade, before leaving to create EPC Cigar Co. and its associated Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the DR.
But while LGC continued on without the supervision of Carrillo, this changed in 2017 with the introduction of the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigar. For this nostalgic release, LGC returned to the brand's creator, enlisting E.P. Carrillo and the talented artisans of his Tabacalera La Alianza factory to showcase a new LGC blend for the modern enthusiast. The La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigar is based on a blend that Carrillo made in the '80s, boasting an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper (Carrillo's specialty), a Nicaraguan binder, and fillers of Nicaraguan seco and ligero primings.
What does the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigar taste like?
Not surprisingly, the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva cigar was acclaimed by critics and cigar fanatics alike upon its arrival, noting the cigar for offering a medium-plus body and thoroughly enjoyable flavors of French-press coffee, milk chocolate, red pepper, and juicy stone fruit.