These came from a contest that La Gloria Cubana was running through Twitter.
I found the nose on this very interesting. It was a powerful combination of cedar, aged tobacco and barnyard.
The Artesanos de Obelisco is a uniquely constructed cigar. It is obelisk shaped measuring 5 x 57, widest at the foot and tapered as it approaches the cap. The shape distinctly reminds me of the Washington Monument. The wrapper is mottled and a light brown color.
On the first few draws I picked up some pepper at the back of my throat. I was also getting sweetness on the exhale but wasn't able to identify any distinct flavors for the first few draws. My initial impressions are that this is going to be quite a light cigar. After about 10 minutes I started to detect some cedar on the exhale as the pepper diminished somewhat.
Overall I found the first to be quite light and simple but enjoyable. The flavors of the first third are defined by pepper and cedar.
The second third of this cigar is a medley of flavors. Leather, spice, raisin with a mixture of pepper and some creaminess on exhale that comes through at about the 15 minute mark of the middle third. The more I proceed the more complex the cigar appears to become. It seems counter intuitive to me as the cigar is becoming smaller in diameter.
While there were a lot of flavors present in the middle third I found that it never found it's identity and was more of a cacophony than a symphony.
It was hard to gauge the final third began because of the unique shape. I was tasting leather and earth for most of the remaining third until out of nowhere there was a powerful blast of pepper.
The primary flavors in the last third was a light leather and earth combination.
Burn was razor sharp from start to finish with generous amounts of smoke production. Initially I was quite cautious with my cap cut and ended up cutting it slightly more to open it up. For a very small cap the draw is not tight at all. Total smoking time was approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Singles of the Artesanos de Obelisco range around $7 - $8. A pack of 5 is $31. You can also pick up an interestingly designed box of 25 for $139 - $150. The pricing on these is quite good.
The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco is a very interesting cigar with some interesting flavors throughout. Unfortunately this just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm always torn on reviews where the scoring might not seem as generous as other reviewers, especially when I'm receiving the cigar for free from a contest. I'm sure I spend more time challenging myself on every detail of a review for cigars I don't enjoying.
As I always try and take time to remind readers, taste is subjective. These are offered at an attractive price point and there's no reason you shouldn't pick some up to try them for yourself.