December 14, 2013

Ortega Wild Bunch Crazy Jack Psycho (7 x 58)

Video review HERE.
This is the December cigar in the Ortega Wild Bunch Series. It is also the final cigar in the series.
The entire Wild Bunch Series by month, name, size, and score:
(click on name for link to review)

January: Big Bad John Jackhammer (6 7/8x60)  89
February:  Iron Mike I Beam (4 7/8x54)  87
March: Island Jim Wahoo (6 1/2 x 52)  90
April: Tony the Boss Enforcer (7 1/2 x 49)  91
May: Dandy McCoy Empire State (6 x 54)  92
June: Honest Abe Ringmaster (6 1/2 x 52)  89
July: Wild Bill Cheroot (6 x 46)  91
August: Fast Eddie Eight Ball (6 1/2 x 38)  89
September: Gearhead Gary Crankshaft (6 x 52) 91
October: Warrier Joe Bushmaster (6 1/2 x 50)  93
November: Da Byrdman Boys Club (6 x 54)  92
The specs on the Crazy Jack Psycho:
Size: 7 x 58
Binder/Filler: Nicaragua Esteli/Jalapa
Wrapper: Esteli Habano
Profile: Full Body
Pkg: Boxes of 20 Cigars
** Only 500 boxes made
This cigar is as weighty as it looks. It is large and quite dense.
The wrapper is a little oily and the construction is very good. The test draw after cutting the cap was firm. I massaged the cap area a little while gently rolling it in my fingers. The draw loosened up and was fine.
The initial flavors at light up were a sweet pink grapefruit, cinnamon, graham cracker notes and leather. The cigar had a large amount of red pepper rated at an 8.

About one inch in the cigar has been burning for 20 minutes. The pink grapefruit notes have gone but in their place are nutmeg notes. Along with them are graham notes and just a hint of grapefruit citrus. The nutmeg and graham are the predominant flavors. The pepper remains very strong. The finish is a sweet cream with some nice lingering pepper.

About 3 inches in (one hour) the sweet notes have gone away. The nutmeg is still a predominant flavor but it has no sweetness. there are now hints of graham and grapefruit citrus. There are also quite a bit of earth notes. Everything else is about the same. I am hopeful that the sweet notes will cycle back around.

With about 3 inches remaining the nutmeg notes have changed back over to a grapefruit citrus and there are now some berry notes. The sweetness is still quite low. The earth notes are still the bottom flavor. There have been flashes of charred oak and cocoa but they don't seem to hang around. The cigar is medium bodied and burning very evenly. At this point I'm 1 hour 30 minutes in.

About 2 inches remaining and there are now notes of sweetness in the grapefruit citrus. There are underlying notes of nutmeg and charred oak. There is also some earthiness. The pepper remains very good and the finish is unchanged. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. At this point I'm about 2 hours in.

The cigar ended at 2 hours 40 minutes. The flavors are now grapefruit citrus, hints of cedar, and some charred oak and a little earthiness. The finish was unchanged. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. The lack of sweetness was a negative for me. I really enjoyed the various flavors but there was not the usual sweetness associated with those flavors. As you can see, the cigar made numerous changes if flavors, which was a plus, but it lacked significant sweetness which kept the overall score down for me.

I would like to thank Eddie for sending these cigars to me to review. I have enjoyed reviewing them and look forward to his next creation.

Score: 88

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