I had like 10 samples of today’s cigar all of which were obtained at IPCPR in New Orleans. I smoked 7 of them pretty fast and really liked this cigar but for some reason they got lost in my humidor and I never got around to reviewing these. Well, long story short I rearranged my humidors yesterday and rotated these to the top and that how we got to the review today.
The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco is another cigar from General Cigar that will have retailers less then happy due to packaging. The over-sized half moon box of these cigars look good, but many retailers are starved for shelf space especially after the convention due to the influx of new cigars and orders to take advantage of trade show deals. In fact I know one retailer who had the option to get these but refused since he did not have the space. General has been good to me and I hate to be critical but they really need to consider retailers when producing some of their packaging.
The Press Release states, “Created as a tribute to the virtuoso cigar makers at El Credito’s® “fabrica” in Santiago, Dominican Republic, La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco is the third installment in the Artesanos trilogy. Inspired by the iconic “Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration” situated high atop the center of Santiago, La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco heightens the innovation that has become a trademark of the Artesanos series. Handcrafted of a blend of Dominican and double Nicaraguan ligero, this ground breaking figurado is a feat of cigar-making artistry, for it replicates the shape of the monument that inspired its creation. Novel construction evident at the first blush is bolstered by a triumph of superior blending by Benji Menendez, Michael Giannini and Rick Rodriguez, aka Team La Gloria Cubana. When the blend combines with the Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper and is exalted by its obelisk shape, this firecracker of a cigar “pops” with balanced, full-bodied flavor.”
Cigar: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco
Size: 5 x 44 x 57
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Domincan, Nicaraguan Ligero
Facebook: La Gloria Cubana
Official Site: http://www.teamlagloria.com/
Appearance and Construction: Cigars from the Artesanos series certainly stand out on a shelf, and this one is no exception. The size which required a special mold does look like the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration and while it shows off some great cigar making it won’t matter if the cigar does not smoke as well as it looks. The wrapper is glistening with oils and the box pressed cigar of an unusual shape has a nice roll, and a very clean looking wrapper. The cigar has no soft spots, a well packed foot and a nice weight to it.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw of this cigar is simply put is delicious. The notes were a well defined molasses and caramel while the foot of the cigar served up roasted nuts and a touch of earth. This cigar probably had one of the best prelight notes of the year and I am hoping that it translate into a great smoke. Once the cigar is lit it is obvious that the cigar is something special, and that has caught me off guard to say the least. The first note I can identify on the light is a warm spice over and earthy canvas. There are some delicious notes of a mocha/cocoa/chocolate (hey, take your pick!) present as well with a touch of cedar. As we went the second third the notes of warm spices remain and there is a slight caramel present as well along with some chocolate notes on the finish. The final third of the cigar is very earthy, with some spice and chocolate on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The one thing about this cigar that stands out is the amount of smoke production, and its is overly abundant but at this same time it isn’t overly thick. I had to make to exhale with the cigar removed from my lips because it had a tendency to crawl back up the cigar and flood my nasal passages. The burn line of the cigar was even throughout, and it smoked but the medium gray ash held on very well. One draw back is it tended to burn a little warm so make sure to smoke this slow.
Conclusion: The Artesanos series continues to impress me and these might be the best cigars produced by General Cigar Co. Enjoyable from every aspect these are worthy of a large purchase and should only get better with age. The size while some might view as a marketing gimmick was and enjoyable vitola for me and an experience I thoroughly enjoyed.
Dislclaimer: These samples were given to me for free from the fine folks at General Cigar and my typo’s have been left in for your amusement.