Cigar Aficionado

Smokable Cigar Bands from La Gloria Cubana

If you’ve ever smoked a cigar down to the nub, you’ve probably burned your fingers trying to peel off the paper band before it went up in flames. Maybe you didn’t even realize that the band was burning until it was too late. The new La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show cigars address this problem in a practical and creative way—smokable bands.

At this summer’s IPCPR trade show, General Cigar Co. (owner and producer of the La Gloria Cubana brand) unveiled its limited-edition Trunk Show Collection, which featured two different cigars with two different types of smokable bands.

The Liga LR-1 measures 7 by 52 and features a smokable band that is actually a piece of die-cut tobacco leaf.
General Cigar's Liga LR-1.

Created by Team La Gloria’s Yuri Guillen, the YG-23 is a 7 inch by 60 ring cigar that comes dressed with a swatch of homogenized tobacco leaf (HTL) as its band. Because the La Gloria logo is stamped on the HTL with a non-toxic vegetable dye, the smoker can safely puff his cigar down to the nub without ever having to remove the band. Only 500 rustic boxes of the Liga YG-23 were made.

Unlike the Liga YG-23, the Liga LR-1 measures 7 by 52 and features a smokable band that is actually a piece of die-cut tobacco leaf patterned in the shape of the La Gloria Cubana logo and glued to the wrapper. The Liga LR-1 comes in more refined lacquered boxes of 26, of which only 500 were produced.

Both cigars should hit the market in early November.

For more on the La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show and on General Cigar Co.’s IPCPR releases, see today’s issue of Cigar Insider.




"Got this in a sampler pack. Its a darn good smoke. Medium to full with a dry leaves feel and clean aftertaste." —May 25, 2015 14:16 PM
"Very cool! <br /> Thanks for sharing!" —May 21, 2013 17:38 PM
"You say that this concept is "an industry first." Pete Johnson did this 2 or 3 years ago with his Halloween release, The Leatherman. " —September 5, 2012 09:38 AM
"I always like to take the band off while I'm getting close to the end. It is a cool idea anyway. Maybe they will make smokable cellophane in the future and then we can cut and smoke. Safe smoking! " —September 3, 2012 01:34 AM
"i love the names of these cigars, it is very creative. I don't think anyone has a cigar called "liga" and the some letters and numbers after to denote the blend. yes nobody has ever done that before." —September 1, 2012 02:41 AM
"But weren't you guys listening? The ink is non-toxic! Mmmmmm... Tasty." —September 1, 2012 00:31 AM
"But weren't you guys listening? The ink is non-toxic! Mmmmmm... Tasty." —September 1, 2012 00:30 AM
"If I wanted to smoke homogenized tobacco, i would go look for a cigar at the gas station" —August 30, 2012 19:41 PM
"This is novel, but novel and gimmick are pretty closely related." —August 29, 2012 21:32 PM
"How rude to not only leave the band but also burn it. Bad taste" —August 29, 2012 14:23 PM
"It may be just be, but I don't find this very exciting at all, but hey, it's perfect for those who can't find the time to take off a piece of paper" —August 29, 2012 11:39 AM
"Thoght the YG-23 was the 7x52 and the LR-1 was 7x60" —August 28, 2012 20:58 PM