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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

Artesanos Retro Especiale is a beaut from La Gloria Cubana.

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale is beautiful, plain and simple. From the classic, old world band and artistic boxes to the golden Connecticut wrapper from Honduras, LGC Retro Especiale is a work of art that tastes as good as it looks. It all begins with a beautiful wrapper leaf. A rare Connecticut-seed leaf grown in the earthy valleys of Honduras. This flavorful leaf overlays two robust binders – a rich Nicaraguan leaf and a zesty Mexican leaf – each securing a bold recipe of long-fillers. Dominican long-leaf ligeros mingle with Nicaraguan long-leaf ligeros, with some additional, proprietary long-fillers from both the Dominican and Nicaragua for good measure. The result: complexity at its best. A unique spice hits the palate from start to finish, complementing the rustic earthiness and rich tobacco flavor as the cigar grows more intense throughout the burn. Cuban-esque is an understatement, as the Retro Especiale coats the palate in familiar LGC fashion, leaving behind a memorable twang after each smoke-filled puff.

  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Club (Toro) (5.7"x47)BOX OF 25 In Stock $180.00$106.25
5-PACK In Stock $34.95$22.50
Cubano (Gordo) (6.5"x58)BOX OF 25 In Stock $205.25$121.25
5-PACK In Stock $39.95$25.50
Habanero (Toro) (6.0"x52)BOX OF 25 Backordered $187.75$110.75
5-PACK In Stock $36.45$23.50
Taino (Churchill) (7.0"x52)BOX OF 25 In Stock $195.00$115.25
5-PACK In Stock $37.45$24.00
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Customer Reviews of “La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale”
got one as a freebie from the sister site and all i can say is wow. great smoke
MG of Cabot, AR
La Gloria Cubana Artesano's Retro in toro size. What a tasty stick. Great in the morning.
VB of San Francisco, CA
The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro....I found the stick to be medium in body and strength. It was creamy and had some pepper with some faint vanilla undertones. The construction was excellent however for my taste the flavors were not tasty enough to keep this cigar from getting boring. Not a bad stick if you like the above flavors. 85.
VB of San Francisco, CA
thanks to joe's daily deal i have had the great pleasure to sample many cigars that i would have never purchased at my local cigar shop. i have 2 cigars that are now the only cigars i will stock, one is la gloria cubana artesanos retro. its perfect in every way, the draw and the taste can only be compaired to my 2nd favorite cigar, the alec bradley american classic....what a life..lol.
MS of Milford, CT
Similar to the La gloria originals. Well constructed and perfect draw with a mellow spiciness. A great morning smoke. Not a strong as my usuals but worth ten more in my humidor.
PW of Charlestown, RI
Got to agree with Steve-O on this smoke. One of the best I've tried recently. Got a couple from a brother when he came to visit. Man! I wished he had brought more. A really great, flavorful, complex, intriguing blend. Get some while you can.
CF of Bartonville, IL
Got one as a freebie with an order and was knocked out by it. Went to my local store to get a few more to see if the first one was just a fluke. Trust me folks, this is no fluke. An amazing cigar, I will be ordering a box. Thanks CI
RW of Sarasota, FL
I've purchased two boxes of these cigars because I am a big fan of the La Gloria. Although the cigar is good (although a little on the light side for me), the label stuck to virtually every cigar. So when it came time to remove the label it was constantly tearing the cigar with it making it difficult to smoke. Not good. I have not bought them since. BTW this has never happened with other La Glorias so I don't know what's up with the Artesanos. And yes, I keep them in a controlled environment.
CB of Naples, FL
I tried this cigar only because I was forced to buy one in a cigar shop even after I purchased 10 the night before in the same place! I was pissed but after a few puffs of this cigar, it really brightened up my day!! lighter than usual for me but this stick had my attention from the start! flavorful complex cigar with a perfect balance of spice and smoothness! getting a box today!!
DB of ATLANTA, GA
Received this cigar in the Mild & Mellow Sampler #4. I'm a novice cigar smoker but am beginning to acquire my taste for the different flavors of cigars. In my opinion this cigar started off with a spicy, bit harsh flavor. Eventually it had a nice change to a mellow, almost fruity flavor. A very enjoyable cigar.
DP of Northford, CT
Rec'd a Club (5.7 x 47) in the CI Mild and Mellow Sampler #4. I'm searching for a mild-medium bodied flavorful morning stick. This is not it. The construction, burn and mouth feel are excellent, but absolutely no discernible tastes (at least to me). At $4+ per stick it's just not interesting enough to smoke on a daily basis.
RA of MESA, AZ
Love the aroma the creamy taste the draw is fabulous a cigar that keeps you satisfied I smoked la Gloria cubanas for years never had problem by these really great.
VP of Staten Island, NY

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

Posted by Steve R

La Gloria Cubana has been on my radar lately. Ok, I lie. I’ve been watching this brand like a hawk and burning LGCs like it’s going out of style. I’ve always been fond of La Gloria, mainly the Serie R Maduro. The blend is solid. Consistent, flavorful, and performs perfectly cigar after cigar. But here’s the thing....La Gloria Cubana has been releasing some fantastic new things over the past few years – especially this past year – and they’re friggin’ good. Take a look at our Big List and you’ll find eight different LGC blends listed. EIGHT! And six of them are recent releases – that’s insane! Pardon my excitement, but LGC is one of the oldest and biggest brands in the industry, and this type of growth and innovation is practically unheard of when it comes to one of the industry’s 800lb gorillas. Unheard of.

Wow, that was a long intro paragraph, eh? Just a bit longer than the name of the cigar I’m reviewing. Ready? La Gloria Cubana Artesenos Retro Especiale. A tongue twister for this gringo.

Let’s get right to it then – I’m going to call it Retro because typing it all out is just absurd. Retro is beautiful. The band, the box, the wrapper....everything. I have in my hand the Club side. An attractively thin 5,75” vitola that’s somewhere between a large Robusto and Corona Gordo. The band is a beautiful portrayal of one of cigar’s most memorable images: Lady La Gloria, and the wrapper is golden in color with ample tooth a nice, oily sheen. This leaf is both impressive and unique. In fact, there are several unique twists to this cigar not normally found in brands as traditional as LGC, so let me break it down for you in a more structured format than my useless rambling.

The wrapper is Connecticut-seed from Honduras. A first for LGC and a brand new wrapper variety several makers are now favoring for its neutral but pleasant flavor, hearty aroma, and incredibly aesthetic qualities.

Rather than one binder, the Retro employs two bold leaves, both serving as binder and securing the long-fillers within. One is a rich, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan leaf. The other is a zesty Mexican leaf.

Ample ligeros are used. Nicaraguan and Dominican long-leaf ligeros are combined with proprietary long-fillers from the same countries to help maintain balance and smoothness.

I’ve probably had about 20 Retros over the past week alone, and I can tell you two things. First, true to La Gloria’s form, they’re incredibly consistent. Second, Retro is not your average La Gloria. Every single one opened up with a smooth, earthy start and quickly grew more flavor and robust as the ligeros take center stage. This sucker is complex. The cigar evolves several times throughout the burn. Consistent, yes....but far from one dimensional and although I’m sure you’ll thoroughly enjoy the entire cigar, there are definitely some points you’ll downright love. The earthiness is rustic and raw. A delicious display of bold Dominican tobaccos pairing perfectly with the sweet spices the ligeros dish out. There’s a deep, rich tobacco element in there, too. Black tobacco, courtesy of the bold Nicaraguan leaves met with a warm, toasty aroma. Then, the finish. It’s zesty, it’s toasty, it’s long, and it’s memorable. So much going on here you often find yourself trying to pinpoint where the cigar will go next. Worry not, after burning just a few you’ll quickly learn every delicious twist and satisfying turn.

Yes. I like Retro. In fact, I’ve been liking everything La Gloria has been doing lately. What’s not to love? A King Kong-sized brand with all the tobaccos in the world readily available engineered by blenders with tremendous experience and talent, then rolled in its very own, fully dedicated factory by some of the Dominican’s best torcedors. Do yourself a favor and give Retro a try. Hell, if you don’t try Retro, try any of La Gloria Cubana’s new offerings. See what they’re doing. See just how far this giant has come. You’re in for a real treat and an enjoyable journey.