All you ever need to know about La Gloria Cubana Brand Cigars

The La Gloria Cubana cigars are among the oldest Cuban cigars. The Sociedad Cabanas y Castro created the brand in 1885 and sold it twenty years later, in 1905 to Jose F. Rocha. Rocha moved the production of the brand to his Havana factory.

After the death of Rocha in 1954, the La Gloria Cubana brand was purchased by the Cifuentes family, who also purchased the Bolivar brand. Manufacturing of the cigars was transferred to the Paragas Factory, where the cigars are still produced to this day. The brand became a very popular export.

Production of the La Gloria Cubana cigars stopped for a few years ofter the Cuban Revolution, and then resumed once again around 1965. Production quantities are lower than other brands, however the brand remains very popular with cigar aficionados, the Medaille d’Or No. 2 is a particular favorite vitola.

There are currently two La Gloria Cubana vitolas produced by machine: the Purito and the Mini.

La Gloria Cubana Cigars Made by Hand

  • Medaille d’Or No. 2 – officially named the Dalias, commonly called the lonsdale
    measures 6.7 inches long (170 mm)
    ring gauge 43
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Varnished Box containing twenty-five cigars
    was packaged in a Varnished Boite Nature Box containing ten cigars until 2003.
  • Medaille d’Or No. 4 – officially named the Palmitas, commonly called the slim panetela
    measures 6 inches long (152 mm)
    ring gauge 32
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Varnished Box containing twenty-five cigars
    was packaged in a Varnished Boite Nature Box of ten cigars until 2003.

Discontinued La Gloria Cubana Brand Cigars

  • Cetros – officially named the Cervantes, commonly known as the lonsdale
    hand made
    measures 6.5 inches long (165 mm)
    ring gauge 42
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in the Semi Boite Nature Box containing twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the early 90s.
  • Flechas – official name is unknown, commonly called the perfecto
    hand made
    measures 6.1 inches long (156 mm)
    ring gauge 37
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box containing twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the 1970s.
  • Glorias – official name is unknown, commonly called the grand corona
    hand made
    measures 6.4 inches long (162 mm)
    ring gauge 46
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box of twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the 1970s.
  • Medaille d’Or No. 1 officially named the Delicados Extra, commonly called the long panetela
    hand made
    measures 7.3 inches long (185 mm)
    ring gauge 36
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Varnished Box of twenty-five cigars until the vitola was discontinued
    packed in a Varnished Boite Nature Box of ten cigars until 2003
    discontinued in 2010.
  • Medaille d’Or No. 3 officially named the Panetelas Largas, commonly called the slim panetela
    hand made
    measures 6.9 inches long (175 mm)
    ring gauge 28
    used a small version of the standard “A” band
    packaged in a Varnished 8-9-8 Box of twenty-five cigars until 2010
    packaged in a Varnished Boite Nature Box of ten cigars until 2001
    Discontinued in 2010.
  • Minutos – officially named the Franciscanos, commonly called the petit corona
    hand made
    measures 4.6 inches long (116 mm)
    ring gauge 40
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a slide lid box of twenty-five cigars
    discontinued during the 80s.
  • Pinares – official name is unknown, commonly called the corona
    machine made
    measures 5.6 inches long (142 mm)
    ring gauge 42
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box of twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the 70s.
  • Sabrosos – officially named the Coronas Grandes, commonly called the long corona
    hand made
    measures 6.1 inches long (155 mm)
    ring gauge 42
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box containing twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in 2002.
  • Tainos – officially named the Julieta No.2, commonly called the churchill
    hand made
    measures 7 inches long (178 mm)
    ring gauge 42
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box containing ten cigars until 2012
    packaged in a slide box of ten cigars until 2006
    packaged in a Varnished Cabinet containing ten cigars until sometime before 2000
    discontinued in 2012.
  • Tapados – officially named the Cosacos, commonly called a corona
    hand made
    measures 5.3 inches long (135 mm)
    ring gauge 42
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a slide lid box of ten cigars
    discontinued during the 80s.
  • Triunfos – official name is unknown, commonly called the corona
    machine made
    measures 5.2 inches long (132 mm)
    ring gauge 44
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box containing twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the 70s.
  • Turquinos – official name is unknown, commonly called the short panetela
    machine made
    measures 4.9 inches long (125 mm)
    ring gauge 39
    used a standard “A” band
    packaged in a Dress Box of twenty-five cigars
    discontinued in the 70s.

La Gloria Cubana Special Releases

  • 1999 – the Siglo XXI Millennium Humidor

To commemorate the millennium, Habanos SA produced twenty-one special, free standing electric humidors containing 2000 cigars each, comprised of twenty different brands. La Gloria Cubana was selected to be included in this special release. The hand made cigars chosen were:

  • Ten Cetros – named Cervantes
  • Ten Glorias – name unknown
  • Ten Medaille d’Or No. 1 – named Delicados Extra
  • Ten Medaille d’Or No. 2 – named Dalias
  • Ten Medaille d’Or No. 3 – named Panetelas Largas
  • Ten Medaille d’Or No. 4 – named Palmitas
  • Ten Minutos – named Franciscanos
  • Ten Sabrosos – named Coronas Grandes
  • Ten Tainos – named Julieta No. 2
  • Ten Tapados – named Cosacos.
  • 2008 – the Regional Edition United Kingdom (Edicion Regional Reino Unido)
    The Gloriosos named Dobles was selected for this release
    commonly called the robusto extra
    hand made
    measures 6.1 inches long (155 mm) x 50 ring gauge
    used a special band created just for this release – the La Gloria Cubana band with a Regional Edition band for the UK
    packaged in the Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box, consecutively numbered containing ten cigars
    2040 sets were produced
    released in 2008.
  • 2009 – the Regional Edition Cuba (Edicion Regional Cuba)
    The Deliciosos named Hermosos No.4 was slected for this release
    commonly called the corona extra
    hand made
    measures 5 inches long (127 mm) x 48 ring gauge
    used a standard B band with a Regional Edition band for Cuba
    packaged in Numbered Ceramic Jars containing twenty-five cigars
    2000 sets were produced
    released in 2009.
  • 2010 – the Regional Edition Switzerland (Edicion Regional Suiza)
    The Triunfos named Magnum 50 was selected
    commonly called the double robusto
    hand made
    measures 6.3 inches long (160 mm) x 50 ring gauge
    used a standard B band with a Regional Edition band for Switzerland
    packaged in Numbered slide lid boxes containing twenty-five cigars
    2400 sets were produced
    released in 2010.
  • 2010 – the La Casa del Habano (LCDH) Exclusive Release (LCDH Exclusivo)
    The Inmensos named Sublimes was selected
    commonly called the double robusto
    hand made
    measures 6.5 inches long (164 mm) x 54 ring gauge
    used a standard B band with a La Casa del Habano band
    packaged in a Varnished Semi Boite Nature Box containing ten cigars
    5000 sets were produced
    released in 2010.
  • 2011 – the Regional Edition Belux (Edicion Regional Belux)
    Belux stands for Belgium & Luxembourg
    The Belux No.1 named Genios was selected
    commonly called the robusto extra
    hand made
    measures 5.5 inches long (140 mm) x 52 ring gauge
    used a standard B band with the Regional Edition band for Belux
    packaged in Numbered Varnished 8-9-8 Box containing ten cigars
    3500 sets were produced
    released in 2011.