It’s Stog o’Clock, and today, I have a slim Cuban cigar to smoke and review. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 4 is a skinny 6×32 Panatela. The cigar I smoke in this review is from a box produced in March of 2013. The cigar is comprised of all Cuban tobacco and looks to be rolled well.
The perfect cold draw gives me salty wood. The wrapper produces a potent barnyard and leather aroma, while I smell cedar and tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up salty cedar and black pepper spice alongside some toast and grass on the draw. Through the nose, there is a light graham cracker flavor. The finish is primarily black pepper spice.
After fifteen minutes, the first third closes out. The draw gives me wheat and grass with mild leather. Through the nose, I find toasty graham cracker with a delicious cinnamon and vanilla mix. On the finish, I pick up black pepper with spicy earth and a distinct flavor of Ritz crackers. Strength and body both fall in the medium-to-full mark.
The second third ends at half an hour. On the draw, I get some toast with a little cedar and leather flavor. The retro-hale gives me more vanilla alongside some black pepper and walnut. The finish is long with a salted caramel note on top of cinnamon and floral earth. Body and strength do not change.
The final third gets me to fifty minutes. The draw is superb with flavors of creamy wood and fresh-baked bread on top of salty grass. Through the nose, I find more vanilla with the return of a cinnamon note and earth. The finish gives me a mix of black pepper and very butter leather. Strength and body drop down to the medium mark in this last third.
The Medaille d’Or No. 4 is a phenomenal cigar. It’s got a delicious mix of complex, refined flavor, and it performs flawlessly. Even with only a couple years of age, this cigar seems to be in its prime. Smoking time is shorter than many cigars, but it’s a delectable short treat. Even price is pretty reasonable for a Cuban. I highly recommend this one!
Keep on smokin’!