La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami
Size: 5.5 x 52
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Fillers: Nicaragua/DominicanPrice: $10
La Gloria Cubana introduced a new extension a few years ago-- the Artesanos line. These cigars come with very fancy boxes and a band featuring a new, more colorful version of the traditional LGC logo. Within the Artesanos extension, there are four blends:
- Artesanos de Miami
- Artesanos de Obelisco
- Artesanos de Tabaqueros
- Artesanos Retro Especiale
Steve, Shaun, and I smoked these out by the pool on Memorial Day, paired with two glasses of Jameson Select Reserve (also referred to as Jameson Black Barrel). What a phenomenal combination! The cigar burned slow and cool, perfect construction. In terms of its initial taste profile--rich, woody, and slightly nutty--it reminded me of a Cuesta Rey, but unlike that mild cigar, the strength of this begins to accumulate and eventually hits you deep in the belly. The Jameson was one of the smoothest whiskies I've ever drank with more sweetness than you normally detect in an Irish whisky.
This is one of the Top 3 cigars I've smoked all year, along with a 5-year old Flor de A. Allones and a 5-year old Omar Ortez.