April 27, 2013

Ortega Wild Bunch Series; Tony the Boss Enforcer (7 1/2 x 49)

Video review HERE.

This is Eddie Ortega's April cigar in The Wild Bunch Series.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

These cigars, like all the Wild Bunch Series, are made in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The cigar looks very nice and it's a medium brown in color. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw was very good after cutting the cap. The initial flavors were a very tangy, sweet orange citrus with vanilla notes. There is a lot of black pepper which I rate an 8. There is some earth and coffee notes at the base. The pepper is very intense when you retro hale. The cigar had a nice start.

About 3/4 inch in the flavors settled down. The orange citrus now combines with nutmeg and some light tea notes. I found the tea notes to be very odd coming from an Ortega cigar. The finish is a cream with some citrus notes that give it some twang. There is also some nice lingering pepper. The pepper continues to be very good. The earth notes are still holding down the base. There are not any coffee notes anymore but in their place there are leather notes.

A couple inches in there are many more of the orange citrus notes combining with the nutmeg. The tea notes have dropped off. The earth and leather notes are holding down the base. The pepper continues to be very good. The finish is a toasted cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is bouncing around a bit but none of the changes are bad. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

With about 3 inches left the cigar still has sweet orange citrus with underlying oak which combines nicely with the citrus. The leather and earth are subdued and you can get the full effect of the oak notes. The nutmeg seems to have dropped off and we're back to a nice orange citrus. The cigar is very close to full bodied at this point. I noticed the cigar is burning very quickly. At this point I'm about 40 minutes in.

At the end the flavors are very much like the previous segment with the exception of the oak which is now charred. The earth and leather are very subtle. The finish is still a cream but it changes from toasted to citrus notes. The cigar ended up medium to full bodied. The total burn time was about 1 hour 10 minutes, which is very fast for a 7 1/2 inch cigar. I really enjoyed this cigar especially with the sweetness on the orange citrus.

Score: 91

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