Time: 5:15 PM
Weather: Clear skies with temps in the mid 50's
Cigar: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco
Maker: El Credito Cigar Factory
Size: 5" x 44 - 57
Shape: Washington Monument
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican, Double Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Country: Dominican Republic
Age in my humidor: 6 months at 70% and 70 degrees
Pagaging: The cigars are artisically placed in a half moon box. While the display is something that stands out, for the retailers, I think this could be something unpleasing due to the real estate it takes.
Beverage: Samuel Adams Lattitude 48 IPA
Initial Observation: The cigar reminds me of the Washington Monument. The firmness is uniform thoughout. Due to the shape and firmness, it makes a statement that only it truly is a well made cigar. The wrapper is a medium brown almost like a lighter cocoa color with a few lighter patches and some veins.
Foot: Auroma's of a sandy earth, grass, cedar, and toasted almonds
Predraw: Flavors of caramel and toasted almonds. The draw is firm, however, with such a small cigar and it being box pressed, that is what I expected.
I decided to break down the flavors into fouths as that is about the rate of which I was ashing.
1/4: Flavors of toasted nuts (mainly almonds), cedar with a touch of caramel and cream. I must not have toasted the foot evenly as I did have an uneven burn, however it corrects itself later on.
2/4: The flavors continue to develop with more toasted nuts with a hint of white pepper and spice.
3/4: There was a drastic change on the first puff on this quater. The woodsy cedar flavor really started to shine with a lot less white pepper and less toasted nuts.
4/4: The cigar started to get a little warm at this point as this is the smaller end of the monument shape. The flavors where like a strong capacino, ie more espresso than normal.
Final thoughts: For the most part, I enjoyed this cigar. My wife normaly smokes these as there are right sized for her, however, it looks like they will ge getting some age as she is now prego and I will allow them to sit. I ask myself, "would I smoke these again"? My answer is yes. Then "Woudl I purchase more just for me"? My answer would be maybe. I normally don't smoke a Sumatran wrapper. My like are more maduro, corojo, criollo, and habano's. When I think of my go to small cigar, I think LFD El Jocko Mauro. While this cigar was flavorful, I was wanting more. To me this would be a perfect morning cigar. However, I find myself not being retired and having to work during the week and juggle after schools stuff with the kid and soon to be kids. I would give this a rating of 89 in my book. It's only because 90's in my book are must have and this falls just shy, yet still a good smoke.