Bite Size Review: Glandon Family Sir Leland Habano
In 2015, Alan Fonseca wanted to do his own thing. So, after parting ways with Exra Zion Cigars in 2013, a brand he co-founded, he began planning his next enterprise and fired up the Salamanca Cigar Group. He launched his new effort with 4 initial blends, 2 blends each under 2 marcas: Joseph NicaVana and the Glandon Family. Since the official launch, Fonseca has expanded both lines, adding 3 and 5 new blends respectively. The cigars, at least initially, are produced by Nestor Plasencia’s factory in Nicaragua and originally focused primarily on Nicaraguan tobaccos.
The banding and artwork of the Glandon Family Sir Leland is what first caught my eye. Being of Scottish heritage myself, I love the thematic bagpipes, sporran and tartan touches and maybe the fact that it’s the least cigar-associated style of packaging I’ve seen yet. Unique packaging aside, our Sir Leland also features a rich, oily gingerbread-shaded Rosado skin with overt chocolatey fragrances and a deep plumminess on the cold draw, which is effortless.
Immediately noticeable after lighting, is that regardless of how effortless the draw, there was not a corresponding amount of smoke produced. Nonetheless, the Sir Leland immediately wowed me with a wonderfully smooth and creamy profile of black peppercorn, cashews and oak balanced with a kiss of graham cracker. The long, toasty and black coffee finish throughout the smoke is deeply satisfying. While combustion is even, puffing on this thing is becoming a chore. Transitions offer a ratcheting up of the body around woody and coffee bean cores.
Even with an epilogue of delicious black coffee- and candied nut-infused goodness, the final leg tells the tale. Combustion becomes terribly irregular and the ash is separating as it becomes apparent the filler leaves were loosely bunched (by the shape, either “accordion” or “book” style) during the roll. This also explains the heavy puffing required with an nonequivalent production or intake. This was terribly disappointing. This is a box worthy blend that is just poorly executed. Judging by a few positive reviews elsewhere, I’m hopeful ours was most likely an anomaly. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: The obvious Scottish flavor of the Glandon Family branding is a tribute to Fonseca’s wife, Beth, and her family heritage.
- Profile: Med-Full
- Vitola: Robusto
- Length / Ring Gauge: 5.5″x52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Blade: Colibri V
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $9.90
- Humidor Age: 2 mo.
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: N/A
Smoke Time: 1:02
Construction: Triple seam cap; oily; lumpy; seamless; rich, gingerbread colored wrapper; uniform girth; semi-veiny; holds 1″ ash; flaky ash; filler leaves poorly bunched.
- Wrapper – Milk chocolate
- Foot – Fudge Brownie
- Cold Draw – Plummy overtones
- Initial: Rich, smooth and creamy texture around leathery core; cashew, black peppercorn and oak intonations; hints of graham cracker on retro; long, toasty black coffee finish; profile becomes more woody.
- Transition: Buttery draw with mineral, leather and black coffee notes; woody profile a sweet cedar tang on retro; long toasty finish continues; draw, combustion issues; ash split.
- Transition: Black coffee core; robust cedar notes with hints of candied nuts on retro; same toasty finish; becomes harsh due to combustion issues, impossible to smoke.
Touch ups: 4
Combustion: Superb initially devolving quickly during the last transition
Weaknesses: Combustion and draw affected by poor/careless filler bunching
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead