March 16, 2013

Ortega Wild Bunch Island Jim Wahoo (6 1/2 x 52)

Video review HERE.

This is the third in the series of Eddie Orgeta's Wild Bunch series. This cigar is comprised of:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The cigar is a medium brown and well made with nice density.

The test draw was very good after cutting the cap. The initial flavors were a ton of black pepper, earth, sweet cedar, and some secondary vanilla notes. I rate the pepper at a 7 in intensity.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors are pretty much like I described before. There are quite a bit of earth notes but the cedar is fighting hard to be noticed. The cedar is also beginning to have some richness but it's a rather low at this point. The finish is a basic cream with a little richness. There seem to be some vanilla notes that are trying to develop but they are quite light. The finish is still one of a cream with some lingering pepper.

About 2 inches in the cigar developed some nutmeg notes. It is thick but not overly rich but has some sweetness. The nutmeg is also trying to compete with the earth notes. The finish is now a thicker cream with some sweetness and lingering pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the cedar is making a resurgence. The nutmeg notes have gone away and we're back to cedar. We're pretty much back to what we had at the beginning. The earth is still the main flavor. The cedar has some sweetness but they are overshadowed by the earth. The pepper is still very good; at least a 7. The finish is unchanged.

With only an inch or so remaining there are now some charred oak notes. The earth has given way somewhat and in it's place there are charred oak. There is also a touch of cream showing up in the semi-sweet cedar. The pepper and finish are unchanged.

The cigar ended as it was in the previous segment. The earth is downplayed in the last third which was good. The charred oak made it nice. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied and took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to smoke. The cedar, nutmeg, and vanilla notes made the cigar nice and they tried hard to be noticed with all the earth notes. The earth was not a harsh earth. I actually enjoyed this earthy cigar. These should be on shelves now as this is the March edition of the Wild Bunch Series.

Score: 90

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