At the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, La Gloria Cubana unveiled a new core line cigar that will be a brick and mortar exclusive. The La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli becomes the second Nicaraguan puro to be released by La Gloria Cubana in the past two months.

Back in May, La Gloria Cubana released the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black. This was also a Nicaraguan puro, but was a cigar that was exclusive to internet only shops. According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s Director of Innovation, the genesis for these two cigars came as they were coming up with the blend, they were trying to decide between two wrappers.  Ultimately the opted to go with both wrappers and make a cigar with each wrapper.

Like the Serie R Black that was released in May, the Serie R Esteli will go back to the roots of the La Gloria Cubana Serie R and focus around big ring gauges.

In regards to both the Serie R Esteli and Serie R Black Giannini said,  “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size and flavor spectrum of our cigars with two unique and different full-flavored Nicaraguan blends, each in ultra-large ring gauges. Both new collections are trend setters in the making.”
Giannini also noted, “What’s also significant about both blends is that they have the full flavor that’s characteristic of Nicaraguan tobacco. They are meant to deliver the smoking experience of a well-aged, refined and balanced Nicaraguan smoke, and we believe we’re delivering that in spades.”
The Serie R Esteli is expected to make their way to retailers this September.
At a glance, here is an overview of the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli:
Blend Profile
Wrapper: Jalapa Sol (Nicaragua)
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitolas Available
The Serie R Esteli will be launched in 3 sizes – each packaged in an 18 count box.  The box represents the shape of how the cigars are bundled when they are pulled off the factory floor.
No. 54: 6 x 54 (SRP $6.49)
No. 60: 6 x 60 (SRP $6.99)
No. 64: 6 1/4 x 64 (SRP $7.49)