Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexican maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each
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Eddie Ortega is a big name these days. Only recently, Ortega set out on his own, after parting ways with EO Brands, the company he founded with Erik Espinosa. Serie D is the first selection offered by Ortega’s new solo company, and includes 5 different sizes in natural or maduro (this review is for the maduro). The filler and binder leaves are grown in Jalapa and Esteli in Nicaragua, while the wrapper comes from San Andreas, Mexico.
This is a pretty rough-looking cigar. I can see other people rating the appearance as higher or lower than I would. It kind of depends on your taste. I know some people love to see smooth cigars with no “imperfections,” but I don’t think that’s all that important. Mine was darker and lighter in some parts, but to me that’s fine. I like the natural, rustic look. It makes it clear to me that I’m getting something real. The cigar feels pretty hard, which initially had me worried about the draw, but that turned out to be just fine. Pre-light aroma is cedar.
The construction mirrored the appearance for the most part, but thankfully the draw wasn’t as tight as I had initially dreaded. It was still a little tighter than I would prefer, but not unreasonably so. Burn was very even, and the ash clung to the end for an inch or so.
Initial flavors are coffee, strong dark chocolate, and tobacco. I was surprised, because I had expected mostly cedar. The cedar comes through in the aroma, with a bit of peppery spiciness. The coffee and chocolate get stronger through the middle third, and in the final third, the chocolate took over as the main flavor. The coffee fades into the backdrop, along with the cedar undertones and the tobacco flavor. I love chocolate, so I was pretty thrilled with this flavor profile. This would be perfect for dessert.
At only about $7.00 a stick, this is an excellent cigar. I can’t complain about the price at all, and I could easily see going out and getting a box of 20.
Overall Rating :
For chocolate and dessert lovers, Ortega Serie D is a very good choice. Some smokers may be deterred by the rustic appearance, but I enjoyed this aspect of the cigar. I think it lends character. It is just one more mark of the fact that these cigars are rolled by hand. The flavor profile is anything but rough. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing more and enjoying them with dessert in the evenings.