La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco

10-15-13 been in humidor since 8-13-12

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco

(box pressed pyramid 5 x 57-44)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Blenders: Team La Gloria Cubana (Yuri Guillen, Michael Giannini and Rick Rodriguez)

The Artesanos de Obelisco was released in September of 2010. It is part of the Artesanos series.

The shape of the cigar is usually discussed later in the review but given that the shape of the cigar plays a part in the creation of this specific blend, it does need to be mentioned early. This is a box pressed pyramid. The foot is a ring of 57 that tapers down to a 44 over five inches. The box press is quite drastic. This shape is very specific, and it gives the name to this cigar. An “obelisco” is (roughly) the shape of the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration in the Dominican Republic. An obelisk is also the shape of this cigar.

A certain expectation of quality is expected out of this cigar as far as construction goes. The construction of this particular shape, even the un-box-pressed version, is fairly difficult to construct. Adding a box press into the mix makes it a bit more of a wild card. To get a standard box press cigar the roller must underfill the cigar by a hair to make it take to the press in a way that wont damage the wrapper; this is no easy task. When making a standard pyramid shaped cigar the taper requires a very specific reduction of the filler to make the taper work; This is no easy task either. Only top rollers are are able to roll this. Hence, the expectation of quality.

As discussed above, the cigar has a unique shape. This box pressed pyramid looks almost like a railroad spike in shape. The wrapper is not uniform in tone but an all natural maduro will have a natural color variation so this is to be expected. The band is the classic LGC woman but like the others in the Artesanos. It has a more aged fresco look to it. There is a secondary band that is gold and black with the Name of the cigar on it. Overall a decent presentation.


There is still a fairly heavy smell to the cigar it has a bit of an autumn smell to it with a bit of barnyard. The lick on the cap is sweeter than expected and leaves an oily residue on the lips. The clip of the cap with a double guillotine is difficult but it turns out clean. The draw is on the firm side but still very acceptable. The draw has a very unique flavor. It has a candy quality to it in a Belgian candy sugar sort of way.


Light with a soft flame. The initial puffs are on the coffee and coco side. A hint at spice begins when the smoke is held. Through the nose the candy qualities come through. There is also a “yeast” note that is reminiscent of brewers yeast. The initial flavors are in the same family of flavors as a Belgian Abby double ale does. The only addition would be a tiny hint at pepper. The burn in the first third is not perfect. One side does seem to burn faster and after much hope of self correction, a relight is needed.

The middle third becomes more spicy as it goes along. The underlying Belgian flavors seem to fade as the spice builds. A more woody Nicaraguan feel comes out as well. As the burn moves on it becomes a very different cigar. By the end it feels more like a classic Nicaraguan cigar with wood and spice and eventually the pulpy texture of the smoke. The only opisitive change is a slightly floral note is added to the aftertaste. The wrapper near the end of the middle third starts to flake. It is not causing any major burn issues but all the flavor may not be getting through.

The final third is unremarkable. The flavor has lost all interesting notes. The unique qualities it once had have slipped away like the wider ring gauge. Even the floral note fades. It never slips into “bad” but it is more flavorful and interesting at the beginning than at the end. There are again burn issues and another corrective light is needed.

Burn to the nub:

time 1 hour 45 minutes.

burn: 8
draw: 9
taste: 8
aftertaste: 9
construction: 8
balance: 9
feel: 8

Overall: 8.4


~ by kuzi16 on October 15, 2013.

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