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.

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