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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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lagloriaarttab1 We are back once again with another pair of reviews on Puff.com. If you've been looking for new cigars to add to your collection, keep reading to see whether or not the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros and the Alec Bradley Vice Press make the cut.

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros 750

The Artesanos de Tabaqueros line from La Gloria Cubana was released to showcase the skill of the brand's cigar makers. In order to complete the line's unique construction of two wrappers, a special group of 18 cigar makers were selected by Benji Menendez to partake in the process at the El Credito Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic. I certainly find the premise behind the cigar to appealing, so let's get on with the actual testing.

For this review, we will be taking a look at the 750 vitola from the Artesanos de Tabaqueros line. It measures 7 x 50. The other two sizes La Gloria Cubana offers in the line include the 6 x 52 “652” and the 6 x 54 “654.” The Artesanos de Tabaqueros is made up of proprietary tobaccos that have been aged for at least five years. The filler is a blend of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos, plus a secret addition. The binder is also secret. The highlight of the cigar is its two-tone wrapper, which is a combination of Connecticut Shade and Ecuadorian Sumatra. The cigar's strength is listed as being medium to full-bodied.

Obviously, the most noticeable aspect of the Artesanos de Tabaqueros 750 is its two-tone wrapper. It's definitely not something you see everyday, so you do get the feeling like you are about to smoke a unique stick, which is an appeal in itself. The Connecticut Shade portion of the wrapper is golden brown and has very few veins. The Ecuadorian Sumatra portion has a reddish tint and some prominent veins running throughout. It is also quite oily. There's a small decorative band at the point where both wrappers intersect. It displays the La Gloria Cubana logo in red, yellow, white, and gold and offers a nice finishing touch. Feeling the cigar reveals a bit of a give in some areas, but nothing too alarming. There's a pre-light aroma of cedar, while the cold taste is a tad sweet. Overall, I'd say the cigar has good construction, and I know it must have been rather difficult to put together due to the wrapper combo.

The burn department is a bit troubling when it comes to the Artesanos de Tabaqueros. Your mileage may vary, but you may want to keep a lighter handy for good measure. The draw is easy and there's plenty of smoke produced, but the burn is uneven for most of the cigar. There are several touch-ups required, so if maintenance-free cigars are your thing, this may be a turnoff. Other than that, you at least get some solid gray ash.

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