Some say the Ortega Serie D cigar by veteran tobacconist Eddie Ortega is destined to become a classic. As the first line of stogies released under the recently established Ortega trademark, its product launch earlier this year marked a new chapter for the famed creator of the 601 as he ventured out on his own, taking the “O” out of the EO Brands partnership in late 2011. He continues to work closely with the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, however, to produce his cigars.



The Ortega Serie D cigar is meticulously handcrafted and comes in seven sizes, each of which is available in either San Andres Mexican maduro or Ecuador Habana natural wrappers. The long filler for these box-pressed stogies comes from the Esteli and Jalapa regions in Nicaragua, as does the binder.



The Ortega Serie D cigar initially hit the market in five sizes in the spring of 2012
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#6 – 5 ½ x 48

#7 – 5 ½ x 46

#8 -- 5 x 50

#10 – 6 x 52 Belicoso and

#12 – 5 ½ x 52



The initial launch began with small shipments to select retailers across the U.S. and immediately met with high acclaim
. Re-orders trickled in almost right away, along with requests for additional sizes. Production increased steadily and later in the year, Ortega released the Ortega Serie D cigar #9 (6 ½ x 38) and the #20 (6 x 60).



Across the board, reviews for this stogie are nothing short of impressive for both the maduros as well as the naturals.  From appearance to pre-light observations, draw and flavor, this stogie appears to be practically perfect.



MADURO



Reviewers universally comment on the extremely dark wrapper, almost black in color and rough to the touch. Tightly packed with filler, the wrapper is said to give off a light cedar aroma, while the foot is reminiscent of coffee and peppery tobacco.



Initial notes upon lighting, reviewers say, reveal burst of pepper followed by a palette of intense dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco and nut flavors. The stogie is said to produce a thick, white smoke with a pleasant spicy cedar smell and an even burnline topped by a white-and-grey striped stack of ash.



Around midway, smokers report the flavors morph into a “crazy espresso style profile” with milk chocolate notes now at the forefront, intermingled still with the tastes of coffee and nuts.  Some experienced a spicy cayenne flavor around the halfway point as well. Throughout, the experience is described as exceptionally complex but smooth and without any harshness or nicotine burn. The final draws are characterized as having a warm, sweet finish that reminds of raisins.



NATURAL



Smokers of the Ortega Serie D cigar in natural wrapper note a strong aroma of hay prior to lighting. Described as a simply “gorgeous cigar” in appearance, the draw and burn of this stogie is said to be just plain perfect.



Medium to full-bodied, reviewers say the taste buds are dominated by a “buttered toast” flavor and a hint of honey, made even more interesting with a subtle kick of spice. Others describe the flavor as meaty and peppery, a blend ripe with earthy and leathery notes.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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