Team Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto

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Cigar Details: La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Brazil
  • Factory: General Cigar Dominicana
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $6.29
  • Release Date: May 2019
  • Source: La Gloria Cubana

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto is a bit on the darker side of medium brown and has some marbling along with a few raised veins. The seams are fairly smooth and really only visible due to the color variation while the head appears to be finished off with a double cap. The cigar has a soft square press to it. The band has the traditional brand design with a burgundy section underneath that has the line name is silver. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of barnyard funk and stone fruit sweetness while the foot leads with tobacco sweetness followed closely by wood. The pre-light draw has a nice sweet cedar note with a very subtle spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto has a fairly firm box press style to it, and a dark wrapper. Examining the wrapper, the overall presentation is quite rough, with lumpiness and an uneven application. Nosing the cigar, I pick up aromas of strong, bright cedar and not much else. In the foot, sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto has a Colorado Red wrapper shade. The squared press reminds me of the cuban cigars I have in dress boxes. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll on the looser end and head is finished off with a sturdy wrap. Nosing the wrapper gives barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell wet cedar and dry red pepper spice. Cold draw gives cardboard box and dry red pepper spice.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar, mustiness and a flavor note that is what I get as an aftertaste from artificial sweeteners. At a half inch in, the sweetener aftertaste note has become pretty subtle as the cedar and mustiness are working fairly well together. The retrohale carries the musty cedar along with a bit of dry earth. At an inch and a quarter, some earthiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the mustiness has a lead over the cedar and the earthiness is creeping up behind the cedar. There is still a slight bit of that flavor from the sweetener aftertaste lingering in the background. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third kicks off with cedar and sweet spices on the retrohale, finishing mild pepper on the post draw. Some mild, sweet leather joins the post draw some time later. A pleasant chocolate component joins the retrohale out of nowhere. As the cigar settles, citrus joins the middle of the profile, as mild earth takes up the post draw. Chocolate on the retrohale intensifies, pushing through the flavor as the cigar progresses. The post draw has lingering leather by the halfway mark, and the cigar is showing some significant strength already.

First Third

The first third is medium strength and medium body. Flavors consists of an underlying light charred wood with charred peppers, mixed nuts, stale coffee and burning paper. Retrohaling brings a decent amount of dry red pepper spice and greater nuttiness. The finish has a long and lingering light charred wood and construction paper.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cedar, mustiness and earth are all even. At a half inch in, a slight bitterness joins the profile. At an inch in, the dry earth has a slight lead over the musty cedar while the bitterness is still present in the background. The retrohale has the cedar, earth and mustiness all even. As the third comes to a close, the earth still has the lead over the other components, leading to an overall dry profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

Leather and cedar make up the retrohale leading into the second third. Mild citrus establishes the middle of the profile, as earthy flavors take up the post draw. My initial impressions are a lack of balance as the flavors are not harmonizing. Loamy earth with trailing sweetness comes through at the halfway point.

Second Third

The second third becomes significantly sweeter than the first third. The sweetness however is mismatched with the charred flavors, creating an odd dichotomy of sugar laden sweetness and wood char. Retrohaling is by far the best part as there’s no char at all (just increased dry red pepper spice and nuttiness). Strength and body remains medium plus and medium, respectively.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the dry earth remains up front as the cedar has transitioned to a general wood note and is paired up with the mustiness. There is still a faint bitterness in the background. At a half inch in, the dry earth and mustiness are even up front with the slightly bitter wood right behind. The retrohale carries the same profile but excludes the bitterness. At an inch in, a vegetal note joins the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the dry earth and vegetal note are even up front with the mustiness and slightly bitter wood right behind. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

Heavy earth flavors moving into the last third, with trailing sweetness. No evolution through the remainder of the third.

Final Third

The final third gets worse. The char and dry red pepper spice layers onto the palate thicker, leaving an incredibly long but undesirable finish. The only redeeming part is still the retrohale, which is unchanged from the previous two thirds. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn was slightly wavy, but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn struggled with a canoe developing in the first third, requiring a touch-up. The cigar canoed again requiring another touch-up. The Spanish Press goes out before the second third requiring a re-light. The cigar goes out again at the halfway point requiring a second re-light.

Burn

Flawless burn performance. Even burn line, ample smoke production, solid ash marks and a cool burn.

Draw

The draw was perfect through the first half of the cigar and then became slightly tighter the rest of the way.

Overall

The cigar began with cedar, mustiness and a flavor that I get as an after taste from artificial sweetener. Some dry earth joined in and held that profile through the second third. The final third saw the cedar transition to a general wood note and gain some bitterness as a vegetal note also joined. The construction was pretty good and strength was right around medium the whole way. The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto had a fairly average flavor profile throughout. It was pretty basic and that unique note I get from artificial sweeteners put a bit of a damper on things. This is not likely a cigar I’d return to, even with the attractive price point. There are just too many cigars with a better flavor profile to warrant wanting to come back to what this cigar offers.

Draw

The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone of resistance.

Overall

The La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto started out interesting with flavors of cedar, pepper, spices, leather, chocolate, citrus and earth. Unfortunately, between the burn issues and the average performance through the middle and last thirds, the overall experience ended up as quite forgettable. I would smoke this again if I had the opportunity to see if the burn issues persisted and had any impact on the flavor profile. Total smoking time was 2 hours on the mark.

Draw

Also a flawless draw giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

An overall unrefined and mixed bag of undesirable flavors for the La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Robusto. When I think about the flavor descriptors as a whole, it makes sense that it didn’t work (sugar, charred wood, charred peppers, mixed nuts, stale coffee, burning paper). Great price point, but certainly doesn’t have a rewarding smoking experience. As such, this is a pass for me.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$1.22

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$1.10

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$1.16

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