June 01, 2013
Ortega Wild Bunch Honest Abe Ringmaster (6 1/2 x 52)
Video review HERE.
This is the June edition of Eddie Ortega's Wild Bunch series. This cigar is relatively unknown but I think it has an Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
The cigar is triple capped.
The cigar has a very nice density.
After cutting the cap the test draw was just a bit firm. The initial flavors were a very sweet and peppery (black pepper) orange citrus and cedar combination. The flavors have the beginnings of richness. A very nice start. The pepper is a 7.5 in intensity.
About 1/2 inch in the cigar settled down into cedar/orange citrus but it's lost some of it's sweetness. There are some nutmeg notes, oak, leather, and earth notes. The pepper is still very good. The finish is one of a lightly sweet cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.
About 2 1/2 inches in the flavors are cedar and nutmeg with light sweetness, quite a bit of leather and earth notes, and the pepper remains unchanged. The finish is still one of cream but there are some toasted notes now. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The flavors are bouncing around a bit on the front end.
About 4 inches in the flavors have change a little again. There are notes of light cedar with very little sweetness, earth and oak notes. The leather notes have decreased quite a bit. The finish is still one of a toasted cream but it's lost some of it's sweetness also. I am about 1 hour in at this point.
At the end I was 1 hour 30 minutes in. The flavors now are light cedar with very little sweetness, earth, and oak. The pepper remained very good on both ends. The finish is still one of a lightly sweet toasted cream. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. This cigar has made several changes but none of them made the cigar better. I wish Eddie had a cigar that was like this cigar started as. The initial flavors were fantastic. While this cigar was good it lost a lot of point after the first quarter inch.