La Gloria Cubana is debuting a new limited edition collection named after the hybrid varietal developed by crossing two Cuban seed tobaccos: the versatile Criollo ’98 with the rare Cuban seed Pelo de Oro.
The La Gloria Cubana cigar, called Criollo de Oro, is a two-cigar collection handcrafted by artisans at the El Credito Cigar Factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It features a proprietary Criollo de Oro wrapper grown in the humid microclimate of Mao, Dominican Republic. It’s there that the sun grown leaf matures with abundant natural oils that contributes to the cigar’s uniquely robust characteristics. To create a balanced, medium-bodied profile, La Gloria Cubana’s artisans paired the rich Criollo de Oro wrapper with a hearty Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos. The end-result is a cigar with nuances in its wrapper, layered with notes of tobacco sweetness, earth, cedar and citrus. According to the company, the La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro has a bit of a spicy aroma that gives the cigar even more dimension.
In a press release, Steve Abbot, senior brand manager for La Gloria Cubana, commented: “We created Criollo de Oro in the La Gloria Cubana in the tradition of blending proprietary and traditional tobaccos to deliver exciting smoking experiences. Our artisans have delivered a cigar with a distinctive taste profile, crafted according to the brand’s meticulous standards. We’re confident that Criollo de Oro will appeal to a wide range of discerning premium cigar enthusiasts.”