Artesano Del Tobacco is a boutique cigar brand based out of the Big Apple. Not a name that rings a bell for most but with more than 2 decades in the industry I’m sure they know a thing or two. They started in the cigar business 25 years ago in New York as “New York Cigar Inn” which housed the only Cigar Aficionado humidor and lounge in the world. They eventually sold the lounge to Casa de Montecristo and reached out to A.J. Fernandez to form what we have here today, Viva La Vida or “live your life” for all my gringos out there. I mean, who else would you reach out too? The guys only the worlds best master blender ..no biggie.
At a glance the cigar features a very toothy wrapper, Oily sheen and a milk chocolate color. In the sunlight there’s almost a Burgundy hue to it .. not sure, maybe its the whisky messing with me. Veins and seam are barely noticeable as one would expect from a habano oscuro 2000. What resembles a clown like figure on the band really draws the eyes in, definitely reminiscent of the 80’s style Harley Quinn from the Batman comic books. Firm to the touch (that’s what she said) with no dead spots and this bad boys rocking a triple cap like no ones business. Packed well and might I say the cigar has some decent weight to be a 5X54 Robusto.
*Insert sniffing noises here* Beautiful aromas of Coffee and leather, the foot carried the same notes with a hint of cinnamon. A straight cut was my weapon of choice, medium draw with flavors parallel to the aromas. Lighting the cigar you’re greeted with a decent amount of pepper and if your a “real man” go-ahead and retro hale. You’re greeted with an array of toasted nuts is the best way I can put it being that I couldn’t really put my finger on just one.
The first half carried the nutty profile and the pepper toned down quite a bit. Hints of floral and malt start to kick in and the burn is razor sharp. This is usually the time I decide what ill be drinking. Paired it with some Grangestone 12 year I had sitting around, the pair was like waking up to Journey as your morning ringtone… just a perfect way to set things off.
The second half is where the “ooo” and “ahh” come in. The malty tobacco flavor takes over as the cigar really heats up and the finish of every draw leaves a sweet floral note. The burn doesn’t change in the slightest. I rolled the ash off to see what was happening on the inside and like I figured a pencil tip cherry was in the driver seat. Always the staple of a good roll. A solid smoke all the way around and being that it’s a new smoke for 2019 I definitely see it gaining traction and becoming a great go to. Id say its a Medium/ Medium full but I’m sure anyone can find something they enjoy about this smoke.
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Price: $10.50 – $14.50 depending on vitola
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints
Article by guest author Andy Melo