La Gloria Cubana Serie R started the large ring, full fl avor craze back in 1999. The trend-setting brand has charted a new course with the release of Serie R Esteli, named for its Nicaraguan roots. A brick and mortar exclusive, Serie R Esteli is a collection of large ring, full-fl avored Nicaraguan puros, made from tobacco sourced from a string of unconnected, independent farms on the Jalapa mountainside. In a departure from its Dominican roots, Serie R Esteli is handcrafted in Nicaragua.Serie R Esteli made Cigar Aficionado’s list of the Cigars of 2014. With a 91 rating, the magazine called the line “one of the best La Glorias in years.” This outstanding collection has been extended to include a Maduro off ering created exclusively for brick and mortar retailers. Made with the same Nicaraguan-forward blend that won the brand critical acclaim, the new expression is wrapped in rich Connecticut Broadleaf to deliver a cigar that’s medium in strength, deep in sweetness, and brimming with leather notes and enticing spiciness.