Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade and Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Dominican and Honduran
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: Between $8.00 to $10.00 a piece
Behind The Stick:
I had these gifted to me from Victoria over at General Cigars, and I can not tell you how excited I am to be able to review these. One of the more unique production cigars to come on the market, there has not been much news or hype associated with it. Perhaps this subtle form of marketing will bring back the Artesano de Miami crowd as well as a new group of followers. Without going on and on and taking up more time than needed, lets have the press release tell us what it is all about.
“ARTESANOS DE TABAQUEROS
Richmond, VA—General Cigar is pleased to introduce Artesanos de Tabaqueros®, the second edition in the critically-acclaimed Artesanos series from La Gloria Cubana®.
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.
According to Debo Mukherjee, vice president of marketing for General Cigar, parent company of Artesanos de Tabaqueros, “This exciting collection represents the brain trust that is Team La Gloria Cubana. They pooled their collective talents to showcase the best that General Cigar has to offer: aged and proprietary tobacco, passionate and talented cigar makers and an unwavering commitment to innovation. It is with pleasure that I commend Benji Menendez, Michael Giannini, Yuri Guillen and Rick Rodriguez on yet another exciting addition to our portfolio of brands.”
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.
Presented with two different wood treatments to promote the unique tastes promised in each cigar, Artesanos de Tabaqueros cigars are protected in boxes of 25. The collection will debut in early April with three frontmarks, each named to according to its dimensions: 650 (6” x 50, SRP per cigar is $8.00), 652 Belicoso (6” x 52, SRP per cigar is $9.50) and 750 (7” x 50, SRP per cigar is $9.00).
“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,” noted Michael Giannini, director of marketing for La Gloria Cubana.”
Lets see if this new creation from some of the best rollers in the business delivers as well as they project. Be sure to check with your local retailer and try these for yourself!
I was really surprised at how well made these are – not simply that it is a well made cigar but with the consideration of how much talent is required to blend the two wrappers together. Evenly packed from head to foot, only the slightest bit of give near the foot. I was pretty impressed by how the two wrappers melted together – I was anticipating one to be laid over the other, especially with the band over the transition I felt they were hiding something. This could not be further from the truth, the two leaves looked as if they had been a single leaf with different vein patterns! A slight wave was symmetrical on both wrappers and even when running my finger nail across the transition it felt smooth – impressive.
With how exotic this cigar appears, I couldn’t help myself but expect a few things – not only from their press release but also from personal experience of Connecticut shade and Sumatra wrappers. The smoke started off very creamy and smooth, the natural sweet tobacco flavor clearly in the front seat. When the cigar started to pick up steam, about half way through the Connecticut portion, a nice light leather sensation came out of no where and remained in the background adding a very enjoyable note to the balance.
I’m sure what your all wondering is how was the transition? Honestly – It was awesome haha! The light leather from before moved into a more dark, roasted type leather (not instantly but within a few puffs) falling right into a profile I really enjoy. The creamy sensation from before is still there but the cigar has started to produce a noticeably smaller amount of smoke – not a big issue. Once I was within the last third, full bodied, a nice charred wood and coffee mix blended together covering up the leather flavors – which was nearly gone by this time although the sweet, natural tobacco flavor remained.
For those who do not believe or are unsure that the wrapper can make all the difference in a cigar, I highly suggest you give one of these a shot. Amazing mild and creamy at the beginning, quickly moving up the ladder to medium and then full, this cigar really did round the corners on flavor and depth which automatically puts it high on the list in my book. Is this a wow cigar? – I’m sorry but no, the first half to 2/3 of the cigar was really amazing, really making the cigar worth it even at that point. The draw back came in when I was down to the last inch of the cigar, nothing bad but the great complexity and balance seemed to taper off and go a bit linear – still rich and great tasting but a little let down.
These are new to the market so be sure to check with your local retailers and online vendors and be sure to grab a few. At a reasonable price with a damn good delivery, I don’t consider this a daily smoke but I will be sure to keep these as a go to – that good. Don’t forget to grab a few for yourself and let me know what you think!
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