The La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva blend is a project that Master Blender, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, has been talking about for two years. It’s the 25th year anniversary of La Gloria Cubana rating in Cigar Aficionado magazine. It’s predominant all Nicaraguan tobacco and has Ernesto’s beloved Sumatra wrapper.
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo took over operations of La Gloria Cubana in the 1980’s. He was using tobacco that was available to others which was Dominican, Cameroon, and Connecticut but mostly Dominican. In the 1990’s he was able to get his hands on some Nicaraguan tobacco which he’s always loved. In 1992, Ernesto released the white box, La Gloria Cubana cigar. It was predominantly Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco with the Sumatra wrapper. At the time, it was unheard of to mix Dominican and Nicaraguan. In 1992, when Cigar Aficionado rated the cigar, the brand exploded and they haven’t looked back since.