What is it about cigars that make them so beloved in the eyes of aficionados? Well, how much time ya got?! There are lots of reasons, but one of them is how a cigar has the ability to seemingly slow down time and allow your mind to wander. As I close my eyes and search the library of my imagination for what I'm tasting on that puff, I sometimes daydream about how cool it would be to develop my own blend. Testing different tobaccos from various regions and working through the blending process would be awesome! If you're like me though, you simply don't have the time or resources to do that. Companies recognize that and some have launched programs that help the consumer get involved in the blending process. One such company is La Gloria Cubana who tapped into the opinions of their LGC Society members to help develop a new offering. Over 2,000 members provided input regarding the blend, vitola, and packaging for the Society Cigar. The result was a Honduran puro and was released in the middle of 2022 with a limited production of 2,500 boxes of 20 cigars. So do I agree with the brothers & sisters of the leaf who helped create this sexy cigar? Let's throw some fire on it and see.
Cigar: La Gloria Cubana Society Cigar
Origin: Miami, FL USA
Factory: El Credito Cigar Factory
Size: 6.25 x 54
Wrapper: Honduran (Olancho San Agustin)
Binder: Honduran (Jamastran)
Filler: Honduran (Jamastran and La Entrada)
Quick glances indicate a good looking cigar. A colorful and classy band surrounds a beautiful red-copper hued wrapper. The seams had a couple bump ups, but my thumb doesn't snag on anything as I rub around them. Some veins are more pronounced than others. Little bit of a rustic cap, but it's not the shabbiest I've seen. The cavernous hole at the foot is somewhat concerning. Supposedly these are box pressed, but I could barely tell. It seemed more round than square and I couldn't tell if the profile was just mashed around or maybe it's just soft pressed. It wasn't obvious. All in all, I like the look here.
Pulled out my standard straight cut for this one. The draw was firm and often times required some double puff action. No tools needed though.
My memory was telling me that every La Gloria Cubana I've put down had burn issues. I was hoping that wasn't the case here, but I was wrong. In classic LGC fasion, the burn was all over the place. I knew that would likely happen at first because of the bottomless pit shown at the foot. Turns out there was a bottom and the tunneling stopped about halfway in. That didn't do much for the burn profile though. Still wonky with semi-flake ash. I wanted to be proven wrong here and have it burn like a champ. Instead I ended up with a reinforced opinion that LGC often pumps out cigars that burn uneven.
1/3 - Off the foot I'm greeted with lemon grass, hay, and shelf dust. Damp cedar arrives quickly, along with sunflower seeds. The finish brings a hearty leather with a mild serving of spicy brown mustard. Moss creeps in with traces of honey.
2/3 - Lemon bitters pull way forward. The finish has become old cedar shavings mixed with soft flower pedals. I find the body to still be pretty mild. Whatever was left of the empty honey pot has fully dried up. Shelf dust has moved sideways to rain drizzled cardboard.
3/3 - The floral notes push to the front of the line with accents of cedar and forest floor. Being sprayed in the mouth with musk cologne is what the finish has turned into. A: That's not where cologne goes, and B: musk sucks. Needless to say, I wasn't diggin the flavors here.
Hm...Either I have no idea what a good cigar tastes like or 2,000 fans of La Gloria Cubana have trash palates! As much as I like what LGC did and allowed fans of the brand to be involved, I simply can't even provide 1 thumbs up, let alone 2. I could live a very fulfilled & happy life if I never smoke this cigar again. But hey, I'm just one voice! Maybe you'll be like the society members and really enjoy it. If you try it and don't like it I get to say I told ya so!
**Number of cigars smoked for the review: 1