Team Cigar Review: El Artista Buffalo Ten

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Cigar Details: El Artista Buffalo Ten

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
  • Binder: Dominican Negrito
  • Filler: Domincan Republic, United States and Columbia
  • Factory: Tabacalera El Artista
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $4.50
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: El Artista

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The rectangle press of the El Artista Buffalo Ten has a medium brown wrapper with a couple of well pressed veins present. The seams are smooth and well blended while the head has a triple cap with the top cap lifting. The band is a simple design that is white and brown and carries the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of wood and damp earth while the foot brings a light milk chocolate. The pre-light draw is a distinct sawdust note.

Pre-light Experience

The El Artista Buffalo Ten is nicely pressed and while the cap seems a little loose, it is a well constructed cigar. There are few veins present in the wrapper and it has a solid Colorado Maduro coloring. It really has this simple, but appealing dark brown wrapper. With that, the aroma on the cigar is of chocolate, tobacco, earth and some mushrooms.

Pre-light Experience

The El Artista Buffalo Ten has a firm square press shape to it. The wrapper is dark and has a simple, but modern cigar band. The band features a brownish red on white. Nosing the wrapper I get notes of cedar, hay and faint barnyard. In the foot, I pick up aromas of sweet candy, chocolate and coffee.

First Third

The cigar begins with a nice combination of cedar and damp earth. At a half inch in, the damp earth becomes a general earthiness as a slight chocolate note has joined the profile. The retrohale is a mix of earth and chocolate. At an inch and a quarter, the earth is now a bit dry to go along with the cedar while some chocolate remains in the background. As the third comes to a close, the cedar is up front with dry earth behind it. The chocolate note has left the profile. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some sweet spice notes and I am getting some cinnamon and light red pepper notes. With that, there are some earth, wood and cherry notes. The stone fruit qualities are subtle, but enjoyable and present in the background. With the flavors, the cigar is smoking at a medium level in all areas, body, strength and flavor.

First Third

Cedar to open up with a non specific sweetness. There is sweet hay and cedar mixing on the retrohale. Some spices immediately at the back of my tongue moving forward to the middle. Post draw leather develops minutes later. As the cigar settles in, sweetness joins the spices at the back of my tongue, and cocoa around the 10 minute mark. The spices on the post draw begin to linger significantly between draws. Chocolate moves into the post draw, coating the palate.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some mustiness joins in with the cedar and dry earth. At a half inch in, a light cocoa powder note joins the profile. The retrohale carries dry earth and mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the earthiness takes the lead in the profile with the cedar and mustiness slightly behind. The cocoa powder note is no longer detectable. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

As I get into the second third, I am not finding a lot of transitioning but the flavors present are still very present and enjoyable. The cherry notes are more pronounced and the stone fruit qualities are on the forefront. With that, I am getting strong tobacco, dry wood and those sweet spice notes on the finish. It has that earthiness as well, and this is a solid blend. Like before, the cigar is medium in all areas and this is a flavor focused cigar.

Second Third

Dark earth comes through leading into the second third. That earth takes up the front of the profile, with a baking spice in the middle. Tannic cedar finishes the draw, lingering significantly. Earth continues to build as the cigar settles in. Sweetness joins the front of the palate as earth and cedar play off each other on the post draw.

Final Third

The final third begins with the dry earth and mustiness paired together and the cedar slightly behind. At a half inch in, the cedar, earth and mustiness are all even. The retrohale now carries a musty cedar. At an inch and a quarter, the musty cedar is up front with the earth slightly behind. The cigar finishes out with the same profile. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

When I get into the final third, I am finding a continuation from the first and second third and while there has not been any transitioning, the flavors present are solid and fairly complex. The tobacco and cherry notes are pronounced and on the finish is dry wood, earth and those sweet spices. The strength, body and flavors are still at that medium level and it is a solid finish.

Final Third

Earth and baking spices define the front of the profile leading into the last third. Loamy earth takes over the middle of the profile and builds to medium-full as the cigar settles in.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on in one inch increments.

Burn

From start to finish, the burn on this cigar was very good. I had no problem throughout and was left with a well constructed cigar that smoked well from beginning to end.

Burn

The burn is straight in the first third with ash holding on well. It becomes slightly lopsided going into the second third and then corrects. The cigar goes out halfway through requiring a re-light. It goes out again in the last third requiring a second re-light.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with cedar and damp earth and then the earth dried out over the rest of the smoking time. Some chocolate and later cocoa powder were present for short bursts while mustiness was present for most of the second half of the cigar. Construction was very good and strength was medium the whole way. I was interested to try this budget friendly El Artista Buffalo Ten and it provided a fairly average experience. I could have done without the dryness, but other than that, the core flavors were fairly enjoyable. This cigar easily outperforms some higher priced cigars, so if you’re a fan of San Andres, then this is definitely a cigar to check out. I’d smoke this again, but it isn’t high on my list but would be a good choice when you’re smoking and your attention can’t be fully dedicated to the cigar.

Draw

The draw on the Buffalo Ten was perfect. This smoked right to my liking.

Overall

Overall, the El Artista Buffalo Ten is a really good cigar. I am just looking at the price on this smoke and shocked. There is not a lot of transitioning present throughout, but the core flavor profile has a great complexity level and made for an enjoyable smoking experience from start to finish. I like the stone fruit quality coming through on the cigar, and it touches on a profile that a lot of smokers can get behind. I will be interested in seeing how this cigar smokes from sample to sample, the two I smoked were great, but that will be the key. Once again, a really good cigar that caught me off guard. Love finding smokes like this.

Draw

The draw has roughly 1-1/2 notches of resistance to it. It doesn’t seem to impact the burn performance, and it is still in the zone of what I would consider very good.

Overall

The El Artista Buffalo Ten started out quite interesting in the first third with flavors of hay, cedar, baking spices, leather, sweetness, cocoa and dark earth. Unfortunately, the middle third didn’t manage to hold up the same complexity, and the cigar became quite unbalanced in the last third. The pricing is quite a value on the Buffalo Ten, and coupled with the overall profile I can see it having a broad market appeal to the average cigar smoker. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 1 minute.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$0.75

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$0.75

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$0.83

Scoring System

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