November 30, 2013

Ortega Wild Bunch Da Byrdman Boys Club (6 x 54)

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Da Byrdman is November's cigar in the Ortega Wild Bunch Series.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder/Filler: Nicaragua Esteli/Jalapa
Pkg: Boxes of 20 Cigars** Only 500 boxes made
This a nice looking dark cigar. It has a nice feel in the hand. The cigar is triple capped and dense.

The test draw after cutting the triple cap was very good. The initial flavors were coffee, earth notes, and milk chocolate. The pepper is rated at a 7+. There is also a touch of creamy cedar on the front end. The pepper is a black pepper. The coffee notes are much like an espresso.

About 1 1/2 inches in the coffee notes are definitely espresso. There are earth notes.  Both the espresso and earth notes are a little reduced. There is a little more sweetness in the cedar flavors. There also seem to be some nutmeg notes and dry toast notes. The finish is one of a toasty cream with some lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied.

Close to the midpoint the flavors are starting to remind me of fresh strawberries and chocolate. There are still espresso notes. The finish is now one of toffee. The flavors are changing a bit. The cigar is still medium bodied.

With a couple inches remaining you still have the notes of strawberries and mild chocolate. At times they seem to be a sweet, rich cedar. Either way the flavor is very nice. The espresso is now more of a black coffee; not as intense as it was earlier. The earth notes are subdued. There are also some charred oak notes on the front end. The finish continues to remind me of toffee. The cigar is still medium bodied.

With a little over an inch remaining the flavors are now a tangy cedar with sweetness and richness with a lot of charred oak notes. The milk chocolate flavor has decreased. There is still coffee and earth at the base.

The cigar made several changes. The most recent notes of tangy cedar and charred oak continued to the end. Starting with heavy espresso notes and transitioning to fresh strawberries and chocolate, and finally to sweet, rich cedar with heavy charred notes. Quite a large range of flavors. Eddie has another good cigar here. I was impressed with the range of flavors. Try these while they are available.

Score: 92

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