“Colleción Reserva speaks to the legacy of La Gloria Cubana and proves that while so much has happened with the brand, nothing has changed.” – Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr., like many cigar makers, left Cuba early in life and came to America. He had dreams of being a jazz drummer, and after trying his hand in New York City, he moved back to Miami to work with his father at his El Credito factory in Little Havana. In the mid ’90s, his La Gloria Cubana cigars were highly rated by the new magazine, Cigar Aficionado, and the brand took off. Eventually Ernesto built a factory in the Dominican Republic to meet the demand.
In a few short years, La Gloria Cubana became one of the most popular brands in the United States, and in 1999 the company was purchased by the company which owns it now, General Cigar Company. Ernesto worked for General Cigar Company for several years before “retiring,” then eventually returning to the cigar industry with E.P. Carrillo Cigars.
Several months ago I had the pleasure of talking with Ernesto Carrillo at a local cigar shop, and one of the points he made was that there is a lot of cooperation in the cigar industry, from other cigar companies helping him source tobacco when he was just starting out to this latest collaboration with the company that he sold his highly successful brand to previously.
Last year, General Cigar Company collaborated with Ernesto Carrillo to produce the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva, manufactured at EPC’s Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, Dominican Republic, based on a blend Ernesto created in the ’80s, which was one of my favorite cigars, the El Rico Habano.
The Presidente is a large cigar, with tremendous balance and flavor—I’ve tasted cinnamon, sweet honey and earthy flavors. The cigar brings back memories of the El Rico Habano and La Gloria Cubana cigars of the cigar boom of the ’90s.
La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva Presidente
Size: 7.5” x 54
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra