Brand new for 2021, Por Larranaga have released a 52 ring gauge cigar for the first time in the brand’s history! Not only that, it is the only cigar in the Cuban catalogue of this specific dimension. Designed to fall in line with modern smoking trends, the Galanes is a tad
longer than a traditional robusto whilst sporting that much loved ring gauge. The Spanish word galanes translates to gallant, a term used to describe the actions of a heroic person or can also be used to describe a man who is “charmingly attentive and chivalrous to women”.
A Brief History
Founded in 1834 by a Spanish migrant by the name of Ignacio Larranaga, Por Larranaga has a long and established history in the Cuban cigar market. One of the oldest Havana brands to still be operating, they have survived the continuously changing landscape by being dedicated to quality whilst adaptive to market trends.
In the mid 1920’s the company would be the first to employ the use of machine rolling, but thanks to the labour force rebelling, this new direction was quickly scrapped. When the 1960’s came, the company would be nationalised with all other Cuban cigar brands under the new revolutionary government.
Post millennium the brand has been exported to more territories and gained considerable acclaim. All Por Larranaga cigars are hand made with the finest Cuban tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo region.
So what’s all the fuss about? Well, upon first inspection the Por Larranaga Galanes is distinguishable by the iconic golden band reminiscent of a Champagne foil. This is only the fourth vitola to become a part of the company’s regular production. The wrapper leaf is a stunning shade between copper and tan with a subtle oily shine, very enticing. When nosing the foot of the Galanes the familiar aromas of toast or cereal with nuances of sweet notes of biscuit or crackers.
In your hand the cigar feels perfectly proportioned and when pressed gently, feels rolled to the perfect tautness for the contents within. Now comes the best part! When first lit the Galanes initially presents a pleasant mix of wood notes and grain with a subtle undercurrent of pepper. The draw is smooth and easy going thus making it very easy to settle into. It is now that it becomes clear that this cigar is going to be a light to medium bodied affair.
As you progress into the second third a more distinctive sweet tobacco flavour comes forth. The peppery bite also becomes more prominent, yet it’s unobtrusive enough to still be pleasant, even for newcomers to Cuban cigars.
Getting into the final act the Galanes opens up to a creamier richness that is still supported by the tempting tobacco tones and cereal sweetness. When reviewed by Cigar Aficionado the Por Larranaga Galanes received a more than respectable 92/100.
Be one of the first to try this fabulous new robusto!