General Cigar has introduced Artesanos de Tabaqueros®, the second edition in its critically-acclaimed Artesanos series from La Gloria Cubana®.
According to the cigar's makers, so exacting is the skill required to handcraft cigars of this complexity that Benji Menendez, senior vice president of premium cigars for General Cigar and international cigar tasting expert, has personally selected an elite group of just 18 master cigar makers.
So respected is Menendez's opinion that he is known for personally writing on the cigars themselves to mark his seal of approval after a taste test.
His choice of makers is said to represent the cream of the crop from the El Credito Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.
Meticulously crafted to combine two different wrappers and two distinct tastes in one eye-catching cigar, Artesanos de Tabaqueros promises collectors and cigar buffs a world-class smoke.
"[It] opens to a rich and intriguing spice and ultimately reveals a depth of flavor that can only be achieved through a precise balance of unique and rare tobaccos," according to the makers.
Hand-selected from General Cigar's extensive library of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos, the cigars are dressed in both a supple Connecticut Shade and hearty Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper.
The blend is made solely of proprietary tobaccos, each aged five years or more.
Presented with two different wood treatments to promote the unique tastes promised in each cigar, Artesanos de Tabaqueros cigars are protected in boxes of 25.
The cigar was released at the start of this month.
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