JC Newman

August 10, 2014

Ortega Serie D Black Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Cigars smoked for review: 1

This is the newest cigar from Eddie Ortega. It was debuted at this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. This is the only sample I have to review. These cigars are made in the My Father cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli)

This cigar is different from the other Serie D cigars in that it's round and not box pressed. It is well made and dense.

It is also triple capped.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet orange citrus, subtle nutmeg and cream, and a ton of black pepper rated at an 8.5. The black pepper filters over to the finish where there are almond notes with orange citrus notes. The cigar is medium bodied at this early point.

About one inch in the sweet orange citrus continues and it's dominate. The nutmeg are subtle and the cream notes take the edge off the other flavors. There are roasted almonds now on the front end. The finish is now one of a sweet cream that reminds me of a whipping cream. The lingering black pepper remains very good.

At the midpoint the orange citrus is still dominant. The nutmeg still mixes nicely with the citrus and the cream still tones down the sharp edges of the other notes. The roasted almonds are still around and there are now black coffee notes. The finish is now one of a combination of orange citrus and cream, much like an orange creamcicle. The cigar is medium to full bodied now.

You will get almost exactly one hour out of this cigar. The orange citrus notes are still the lead player along with subtle cream and almond notes, with the coffee at the base. You lost the nutmeg notes. The finish was unchanged. The black pepper remained very good throughout the cigar. It remained medium to full bodied. This was a very good cigar from Eddie which I enjoyed quite a bit. Look for these on shelves now. This is a winner for Ortega!

Score: 93

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