11/12/17

La Gloria Cubana Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Coleccion Reserva - Cigar Review

I'm running late. Had to spend 30-minutes standing in line behind a smelly fella at a discount grocery store. I was short on crackers and cereal. Lettuce delve post-haste then into and unto this La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva. I sure could make-do with smelling something different.

NOTES:
Finely-rolled with tight seams and excellent draw with just a half-tick of tension through-out. Somewheres twixt minimal and moderate veins. Burns straight with a slight ribboning not nearly needing re-direction. From there grows a tightly-wound sheath of pale-grey silvery ash which begins with a cleave of a crack but quickly corrects. Burns at an excellent pacing. Delivers cool smoke down to its well-formed nub.
  • White pepper
  • Cedar
  • Applejack*
  • Cinnamon raisin toast
  • Grapefruit
  • Jellybean (fruity-ones, honest)
  • Beef jerky
  • Charred oak barrel 
  • Clay soil
Very bright white pepper with a tangy attachment. A certain fustiness rises from bottom to upper middle a' profile. Tar threatens slightly in the final stanza but is cleansed with a quick purging or-two. Room-note is a sweet fustiness that too is on the rather long-legg'd finish. A verily complex and supremely balanced cigar. Mouth-feel doth err toward dry, but not egregiously. Rich, but cleanly-so and nigh sharply at times. A muscular cigar but not aggressively-so. 

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
FORMAT: Robusto
ORIGIN: Tabacalera La Alianza, Dominican Republic

FINAL GRADE: A-
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

FURTHER READING: 

IN ADDITION:
*"Applejack is a strong apple-flavored alcoholic drink produced from apples, popular in the American colonial period. The name derives from "jacking", a term for "increasing" (alcohol content) and specifically for "freeze distilling", the traditional method of producing the drink." (Black, Rachel (2010). Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia.)

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