The Ortega Serie D Black Cigars Are A Favorite Among AficionadosMany aficionados have followed the Ortega Serie D Black cigars since Eddie Ortega began hinting at the blend early in 2014. Before long, the stick was confirmed, and they released the details surrounding the blend. At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, the blend was a favorite among smokers, and it will likely continue to be a favorite after its release. This is in no small part because the stick is a nod toward Eddie’s first solo line, one that was a major crowd pleaser. However, this one hits quite a bit harder than its older brother, and aficionados will need to bring an experienced palate to enjoy it thoroughly.

The Ortega Serie D Black cigars have an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a binder and fillers from Esteli and Jalapa. The stick is light brown, and though it has some visible veins, it is smooth and slightly oily to the touch. The band is gold and black and features the name of the blend in stamped lettering. The smoke is available in three formats, including a Robusto (5 x 50), Belicoso (6 x 52) and Toro (6 1/2 x 52). The cold draw is surprisingly vibrant and foreshadows the intense flavors in the mix. Some of the prelight notes include earth, cedar, cinnamon, coffee and somewhat ripe vegetation. One reviewer noted that the cold draw brought out a lot of cinnamon oil, giving the smoke a spicy feel to it.

In the initial third of the smoke, the pepper isn’t the first flavor to hit the smoker, but it’s easily the most noticeable once it does show up. The first mix of flavors includes earth, cedar, and some grass, along with the pepper that reviewers could only describe as chili spice. After a few draws, aficionados noted the presence of some sweet syrup flavors that helped cut through some of the heavy spice and pepper combination.

During the second-third, the chili pepper pulls back a great deal, allowing other flavors to fill the void. The pepper is still present, but it is largely detectable through the nose. Throughout this part of the stick, both the cedar and cinnamon assert themselves and bump up the spice content in the blend. Beneath the cinnamon, cedar and pepper are some hay and earth notes, and both serve to thicken up the profile. 

The final third of the Ortega Serie D Black cigars is much like the second, though the pepper makes a slight comeback and joins the cinnamon notes in a strong secondary role. The cedar plays the dominant role in this part of the smoke, and this is how the stick finishes off. 

This stick is full bodied from start to finish, and inexperienced smokers will likely have trouble with its nicotine content and complex flavors. Fortunately, these smokes are ideal for stashing away so enthusiasts of all experience levels can work up the courage to take one on.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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