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Cigar Review: Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Robusto

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Robusto  

 

 

Artesano Del Tobacco is a boutique cigar company that mixes art, passion and flavor to enhance the cigar smoking experience.

Born in New York and made in Estelí Nicaragua, Viva La Vida cigars are produced by AJ Fernandez at the famed Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan puro has a Habano Oscuro 2000 wrapper, Corojo 99 binder and Criollo 98 filler.

 

 

Available Viva La Vida Sizes:

  • Robusto: 5 x 54
  • Toro: 6 x 54
  • Gran Toro: 6 x 60
  • Torpedo: 6 1/2 x 54
  • Daidemas Finas LE: 6 1/2 x 52

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Habano Oscuro 2000 wrapper is milk chocolate in color with a fine oily sheen.

In sunlight there is a distinct reddish hue.

At 5 x 54 it’s rolled in the Robusto format.

Notably toothy with seam and vein it’s got a wide open foot with a triple rounded cap.

A single band depicts a clown wearing a red and black jester hat with matching mask suitable for a Rio Carnival or Mardi Gras.

The artwork has a whole Harley Quinn vibe going on!

Under the clown in red, black and gold reads “VIVA LA VIDA” in embossed gold and white font with “ARTESANO DEL TOBACCO” in small white font under the logo.

The artwork get a 10/10! Pre-light aroma had notes of malt, vanilla bean and cocoa.

The cold draw produced flavors of mild leather, earth and corn nuts.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An sweet aroma of chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of cedar char and raw walnuts while the vitola achieves continuous combustion.

The blend settles in quickly producing coffee, cocoa and oily walnuts with nuances of raw dark chocolate.

The background profile is producing creamy leather and assorted roasted nuts with a compliment of FULL black pepper.

The retro-hale is producing a sting of clean white pepper evolving into a nutty caramel finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half core flavors of cocoa, coffee, oily walnuts with an appearance of smoked cherry wood are up front and on point.

The background is producing a continuous flavor of creamy peppered leather with assorted roasted nuts balancing in with the aforementioned flavors.

The second half has seen a decrease in spice with a complexity of MED-PLUS black pepper making the Viva La Vida a tasty treat.

The retro-hale has decreased producing mild white pepper with an extra long finish of sweet caramel and cherry wood.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

Heading into the final third core flavors of cocoa, coffee and oily walnuts have been up from and on point since first light.

Smoked cherry wood appeared in the second half and has been present actively and on the aftertaste, giving the blend a sweet smokey profile on every draw.

Creamy leather, roasted nuts and cedar remain in the background with perfect balance.

The spicy element has transitioned down to a mild black table pepper dusting allowing the distinct core and background flavors to dominate the blend without being over powered by spice.

The retro-hale has transitioned to mild light white pepper with a continued finish of cherry wood and caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: The construction on the Viva La Vida from Artesano Del Tobacco was super solid! No palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes on the toothy wrapper.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of wrapper, binder and filler. The burn line was semi-straight producing a thick circular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The light grey ash was smooth and solid holding an inch-plus requiring a bit of force to tap off.

 

• CUT: A large V-cut was used on all examples.

 

• DRAW: A perfect milkshake type draw on all three examples smoked for review. Smoke output was aromatic and abundant.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: Straight MED to MED-PLUS bodied wheelhouse.

 

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

With several products being produced by A.J. Fernandez there’s one that’s gaining notoriety and the hype is real!

Viva La Vida from Artesano Del Tobacco was solid in strength, body and complexity with distinct identifiable flavors and a fair amount of spice that didn’t overpower the core flavors not to mention some band artwork that’s a real eye catcher.

Box worthy and curently offered in five sizes this will pair perfectly with a morning coffee or an evening stout.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Artesano Del Tobacco Viva La Vida Robusto

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Habano Oscuro 2000

Binder: Corojo 99

Filler: Criollo 98

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Production: Regular

Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua

Information source: Artesano Del Tobacco

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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