Best of the Best 2011: Cigars: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco
First there were round-bodied parejos, then the taper-tipped figurados and box-pressed cigars. Now comes something even the Cubans have rarely attempted, an obelisk-shaped cigar that requires a special mold—and comes packed in a half-moon box to match. But La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco (www.cigarworld.com, $9) stands out for more than just style. This seductively mild yet spicy cigar is ideal for a late-morning or early-afternoon smoke, thanks to its Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. Packed 25 to a box, the Artesanos de Obelisco comes in only one size—5 x 44 x 57—inspired by the imposing four-sided, tapering Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración de la República (Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration of the Republic) in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The cigar balances perfectly in the mouth and is sure to be a conversation starter whenever it is smoked.