Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros

First off thank you to everyone who helped out while I was sick. While still not 100% I am back to smoking and I got my taste back so all is good. Secondly sorry there was no Sunday Links yesterday but due to Mothers Day they took a hiatus and will return next week.

The first cigar I smoked for review after my illness was the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros which I smoked with my pal Sonny who has done the occasional review with me from time to time. We smoked these together because I was a bit worried my taste buds would be off but thankfully they were not and we agreed on what we smoked. For those who wonder how many the review is based on, I smoked 3, and Sonny smoked 2.

The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros is a new cigar from General Cigar Co. According to the press release,

“Created to showcase the artistry of La Gloria Cubana “tabaqueros” (artisan cigar makers), Artesanos de Tabaqueros cigars are a stunning embodiment of the time-honored craft of cigar making. So exacting is the skill required to handcraft cigars of this complexity that Benji Menendez personally selected an elite group of just 18 master cigar makers, representing the cream of the crop from El Credito Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Meticulously crafted to combine two different wrappers and two distinct tastes in one eye-catching cigar, Artesanos de Tabaqueros is a world-class smoke that opens to a rich and intriguing spice and ultimately reveals a depth of flavor that can only be achieved through a precise balance of unique and rare tobaccos. Hand selected from General Cigar’s extensive library of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos, the cigars are dressed in both a supple Connecticut Shade and hearty Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper. The blend is made solely of proprietary tobaccos, each aged five years or more.”

Michael Giannini, the directory of marketing from La Gloria Cubana notes, “To truly experience this gem of a cigar is to smoke it and taste the masterful artisanship that comes to life when one wrapper ends and the other begins in balance and harmony.”

Cigar: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros
Size: 7 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade/Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Unknown
Strength: Medium
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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros

Appearance and Construction: It seems 2 tone cigars are becoming a hot commodity. This is the second such cigar to hit the market this year. The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros is a beautiful looking stick. The Connecticut Shade is a clean looking wrapper with only tiny veins and is blemish free. The Sumatra wrapper is full of oils with slightly more prominent veins. The Sumatra side of these has some soft spots on an otherwise flawless stick. The triple cap of the cigar has a really nice depth to it as well when using a hole punch.

Flavor & Notes : The prelight draw of the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros offers some dark chocolate and coffee undertones while the foot offers a lot of similarities but far more subtly. The 1st third, the Connecticut Shade offered some earth and well defined nuts. The cigar begins to change as the Sumatra wrapper is breached. The cigar takes on notes of coffee and cocoa with an occasional wisp of cinnamon especially through the nose as the earth notes fade. The final third of the cigar the coffee notes were dominant with the slightest bit of nuts and spice on the finish making this an exquisite journey.

Smoking Characteristics: The cigar needed to be touched up slightly during the Connecticut portion of the smoke but other then that it burned incredibly straight with a thin carbon line. The ash was incredibly strong and held on for inches at a time with zero flake. The draw was fluid and it burned nice and slow especially once the Sumatra wrapper was reached.

Conclusion: I have to plagiarize Walt W from Stogie Review for a minute here. Hearing General Cigar has a new product is like hearing Budweiser has a new beer. This is a great analogy and I couldn’t agree with it more. However the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros is a winner. The two wrappers make it as if you are smoking two very different smokes and it works well. Sadly these cigars are hard to find so if you see them, grab them.

Price: $9.00

Ed Note: The cigars smoked in this review were provided as samples from General Cigar.

Cigar: Man O War Ruination
Size: 5.5 x 54 (No. 1/Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Ligero
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Strength: Full/Medium
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Man O War Ruination

Man O’ War Ruination

Appearance and Construction: The Man O’ War Ruination features a very oily wrapper with a fair amount of veins. None of these veins stick out in an obscene way, but they are there none the less. The cigar is expertly rolled with the seams almost impossible find with a picture perfect cap. This hefty cigar has no soft spots and a wonderful looking band that makes you want to watch a USC game, Gladiator or Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The foot has a secondary band, but I understand these cigars might have a new band on newer releases.

Flavor & Notes : You can smell the Ligero wrapper as spice is present to the nose. The foot offers a similar spice but there also a subtle cocoa hidden underneath. The pre-light draw offers some subtle spices and raisin. Once the cigar is lit there is some pepper present with notes of leather and a subtle sweetness that borders on vanilla. After the first inch the cigar mellows some and becomes an incredibly rich cigar with notes of leather, cocoa and coffee that are simple insane. The second third of this cigar notes of wood begin to emerge as the leather moves to the background. The cigar loses some of its strength as it mellows out into a medium bodied experience. As the second third comes to a close there are notes of wood, nuts, cocoa and coffee intertwined making this a delightful smoking experience. The final third of the cigar the wood remains with notes of coffee as the leather slowly creeps up. The finish is dry so be sure to keep a beverage handy.

Smoking Characteristics: I was a little bit worried this cigar that is loaded with ligero tobacco would have burn issues. The thick ligero wrapper burned very well and almost perfectly even from start to finish. The Man O War Ruination produced a lot of smoke and never went out which was a plus. The medium gray ash held on very well with only a minimal amount of flake. The draw was perfect as I enjoyed this slow burning cigar.

Conclusion: I said it before and I will say it again. AJ Fernandez is the next big thing. Cigar after cigar that I have sampled from him have been an extremely enjoyable experience with great price points. This Man O War Ruination is perfect for the full bodied cigar lover. For those who do not like the full strength ligero ass kick the regular Man O War line is a great alternative.

Price: $49.95 for a 10 cigar sampler of both Man O War Cigars at Cigars International