I bought a box of Artisan Nicaraguan Maduro Toro a week ago when they were on sale. Not only was the price right, but there was a free offer that included a 12-pack sampler of the entire Artisan Collection. Although the sale is over, the free offer is still available, which still makes it a great deal - 32 premium cigars for the price of 20.
I fondly remember the birth of this fine Artisan cigar. At Famous, we are always trying to deliver high quality cigars at a great price. With that goal in mind, employees who volunteer (think guinea pigs) are provided samples of new blends we are coming out with, in return for an honest rating on several dimensions - flavor, strength, construction, burn, ash, comments, etc.
The sample that became this Artisan Nicaraguan Maduro has been my favorite sample to date, so it's no surprise I capitalized on this irresistable deal when it went on sale with a 12-pack Artisan Collection, for the price of "on the house." Now let's get to what you really want to know - how does this cigar smoke and how does it taste.
In two 'F' words - flawless and flavorful.
- strength starts out as medium, with strength gradually increasing towards the final stretch
- firm construction wrapped in a beautiful Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper
- tightly packed, flavorful and numbing Nicaraguan longfillers
- burns like a champ, decent ash
It's not often I buy a box of cigars, reason being is that I'm still developing my palate so I've been primarily buying samplers. This allows me to try new brands and blends so I know which cigars are box-worthy - such as Perdomo 2 Limited Edition Maduro Robusto and Romeo Bullies to name a couple. At any rate, these Artisan Nic's are certainly box-worthy in my eyes, definitely worth tasting if you haven't yet. Of course, you can always pick up a single or the aforementioned Artisan Collection.
But don't take my word for it, click here to read what some of our customers are saying about this box-worthy cigar.
If you already tried these Artisans, let me know what you think in the comments below, or feel free to write your own review.