Crafted in the My Father Factory, this is the first line by Ortega Cigars. The cigar comes in two varieties, a Maduro and Natural version, and for this review I chose the Maduro version. The wrapper is one of my Maduro favorites, and it is a dark and gorgeous Maduro wrapper from Mexico San Andres. Underneath that is a blend of Nicaraguan tobacco from Jalapa and Esteli in the filler. All the cigars are box pressed in the line, and for this review I chose the robusto vitola, known as the #8. The cigar measures 5.5" with a 50 ring gauge is like a dark chocolate bar in hand. There are some veins present in the wrapper, and it is slightly oily. It is really a dark wrapper, and with that there is an amazing aroma of black pepper, spices, rich earth and cocoa. It is firm in hand, and the cold draw is perfect and flavorful.
|Mexican San Andres|
Lighting up the cigar I am immediately picking up tons of pepper notes. There are some major black pepper flavors present with it, and I am also getting some soft dark cocoa notes present as well. There are some spice flavors with the cigar and some definite wood notes present as well. I would say the strength of the cigar in the first third is at a medium full level, and it is a nice start to the cigar, and it is showing some strong Nicaraguan flavors and some solid San Andres, Mexico flavors also. There is a nice burn line with the cigar, and it is producing an ash that is holding on firm. There is a nice dark ash with the cigar, and it showing those great dark charcoal colors. There is a nice start to the first third, and I am interested to see where the cigar goes.
In the second third of the cigar there is a flavor profile that changes gradually, and the pepper notes have faded less and less with each puff. There are still some solid spice notes with the cigar, and it is showing those great wood notes from the first third. The cocoa notes are still slightly soft in this third, but there has been a nice rise in espresso notes in this third which has been a nice addition. I would say the strength level of the cigar is remaining at that medium full level, and it is a great strength level for me. The cigar is still burning very well, and it it is keeping that dark charcoal colored ash to the cigar which is lovely. It was a nice soft transition in flavors in the second third, and I am looking forward to the final third.
|Serie "D" #8 Maduro|