This Medaille d’Or No 2 from La Gloria Cubana, standing very proud and regal, is a pre-1960 release which to this day is this brand’s most consistent and popular size at 6.7 inches long and a ring gauge of 43. The La Gloria Cubana brand was created in 1885 in Havana Cuba, it had a few different owners through the early years but has been produced in the Partagas Factory now for over 50 years, currently this size and the Medaille d’Or No. 4, a 32 ring gauge slim Panetela, are whats currently being produced in this brand.
This cigar was produced and packaged in July of 2013, enough time for any “young cigar” issues like the gassing off of any ammonia to take care of itself. The aroma from the varnished 8-9-8 style box was gentle herbal barnyard and the cigar I chose was slightly spongy and felt consistent from head to foot. After clipping I was met with a very slight resistance on the draw and could taste notes of dark chocolate and black tea before this Dalia ( factory name ) or Lonsdale was lit. Right away with the first few puffs, which can be any cigar’s most difficult and strong moments, I could tell that this was a medium strength Cuban cigar and perfect for a mid day smoke, this being now 1:30 PM is Prefect ! First third was nutty and sweet, occasionally I was able to detect a hint of clove and moist earth but this cigar was staying quite sweet and pleasant until I got to the halfway point.
The sweetness I was tasting faded a bit as the dark chocolate I was waiting for, made a presence in the flavour profile. Still very much a medium body smoke, this cigar became a bit more robust with stronger notes of bean flavours like dark coffee with honey and a subtle long chocolate finish. Not overly complex but this hour and fifteen minute Lonsdale was the perfect companion with coffee and a crossword.