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Here they are! The pics of the La Gloria Cubana Inmensos - the cigar chosen and ordered from FinestCubanCigars.com and analyzed in our video, "Fake or Fine: Episode 2." If you haven't caught that yet, click the link and check it out! Otherwise stay right here for a review of one amazing cigar.
The Gloria Cubana Inmensos is another special release within the La Gloria Cubana (AKA LGC) brand. Over the past few years, we aficionados may have noticed something rather upsetting. The staple cigars, or standard release cigars within the LGC brand have been discontinued, one after another after another... The Medaille D'Or line is completely halted and just this year, I was informed by an impeccable source, that the beloved "Tainos" Vitola would no longer be in production! What the HELL am I listening to?
It is sad to watch a brand so deep rooted in the history of Cuban Cigar Manufacturing and so rich in culture, and most importantly, that AMAZING HAFTAHAVAHAVANA Flavor, just disappear as so called aficionados keep drooling over Cohibas. I have nothing against Cohibas. They are fantastic. It's just that they aren't the ONLY Cuban Cigar Brand in the world, if you know what I mean.
"The La Gloria Cubana brand was created in 1885 by the Sociedad Cabañas y Castro, then bought twenty years later in 1905 by José F. Rocha, who manufactured the brand from his factory at 364 Miguel Street in Havana. After Rocha's death in 1954, the Cifuentes family bought both La Gloria Cubana and Bolivar from Rocha's former company. Production was moved to the Partagás Factory, where it's still produced today, and became very popular as an export brand. (This little blurb seems to be repeated on countless web sites, so I do not know who to credit due to the fact that I do not know who it was stolen from first. At least I have the decency to say they aren't my words).
What most people don't mention is that La Gloria Cubana is what is known as a "Local Brand," as opposed to a "Global Brand," or a "Multi-Local Brand," which means it is mainly produced for local sale in Cuba, not for sale on an International scale. One could infer from this that the tobacco used to make these LGC's is among the finest of the fine. After all, you don't make a cigar that visitors in Cuba will buy out of junk tobacco. No, you make it so that the smoking experience is among the greatest one could have! Like many high quality Cuban cigars, the tobacco used in the La Gloria Cubana blend is 100% Veulta Abajo Region tobacco. Here is where they grow the best of the best - the stuff legendary cigars are made of.
Even before the halt on the production of La Gloria Cubana Cigars, these smokes were more rare than the "Niche Brands," such as Cuaba and San Cristobal which are produced on a relatively small scale. Most people don't realize that even the famous Cohiba is only around 65 years old! At 120+ years, La Gloria has literally been around for twice as long. Most novice's don't even know that LGC is indeed a Cuban brand! This is good - more for the true connoisseurs! (no offense if you're just finding out now - there has to be a first time at some point! :) )
All this talk of disappearing LGC's has me down for sure - but luckily, and seemingly out of the blue, around 2008 / 2009, several new "special vitolas" have been introduced to the La Gloria Cubana Brand! The U.K Regional Edition "Gloriosos," the Swiss Regional Edition, "Triumphos," and our current cigar in the limelight, the La Casa Del Habano Limited Release, "Inmensos!"
Back to the Inmensos - weighing in at 6 1/2" with a RG of 54mm, this cigar is the largest ever to be included in the La Gloria Cubana Line-up. None of the LGC original releases (Medaille D'Ors, Sabrosos, Cedros - even the quite large Tainos) come close. In fact, no other LGC even hits a 50 RG, except for the two other regional releases from the U.K. and Switzerland mentioned before. So here we have a large cigar, the largest in the LGC line-up, which means that it is absolutely PACKED with unbelievably aromatic 100% Vuelta Abajo Goodness!
These bad boys - or BBCC's as I call 'em, come 10 to a varnished box and wear two bands, the LCDH band, and a newer version of the LGC band created specifically for special releases in 2009. One dead giveaway when looking for these is that they have, "Habana-Cuba," written on them instead of just, "Habana," like the older bands - which are still used for regular LGC releases.
That said, let's get to the cigar!