Blind Cigar Review: Ortega | Serie D Maduro #8

Blind Cigar Review: | Serie D #8

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

Vital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 5.5″

Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin:
Wrapper:
Binder:
Filler:
Factory: Cigars S.A.
Blender:
Number of reviewers: 5 —– (MylesT), (72), (Sp@rky426), (mjohnsoniii), (bigslowrock)
Price: $6.00
Age: 6 months
Contributed by: Emmett (rhetorik)

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 90

Blind Man's Puff Review Ortega Serie D Maduro #8 Initial Impressions
“Firmly box pressed, and pretty average looking. No major veins, no major cosmetic flaws. Not bad.” – (MylesT)

Aroma: 92

I detected mostly floral notes and hay with subtle hints of raisins. It was almost “sweet”. The pre-light draw was very easy, almost too easy. – (mjohnsoniii)

Construction: 90

“Nice and tight construction with no soft spots. The cigar appears well rolled for the slight box press design.” – (72)
“Near flawless, except for the wrapper issue noted. Does not appear to have been caused by mishandling. Draw is very free, no hard or soft spots.” – (Sp@rky426)
First Third

Flavor: 91

Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Man's Puff Review Ortega Serie D Maduro #8 First Third“Cocoa, tea, tobacco with a light pepper on the retrohale. Not overly complex, but pleasant.” – (bigslowrock)
“First few puffs are surprisingly creamy. I’m definitely getting the hay from the initial aroma. It has some sweetness to it, but is balanced overall. Much lighter than I had expected, but I like it. As the third progresses, I’m getting a lot of nuttiness, sweet cream, and sort of a barnyard-y character. It isn’t very complex, but it is very pleasant. At the back end of this third, i’m starting to pick up some savory notes…almost a roasted meat flavor, with a bit of toasted nuts.” – (MylesT)
“Pre-light draw brings a taste of raisin. The draw pre-light is just slightly snug. The smoke coats the palate and has a long finish. Initially I was getting a black pepper type of sensation on my tongue. Getting some woody notes on the retrohale. The black pepper would show up on the finish after every draw, but that is starting to go away as I get to the end of the third. The burn is very straight and the salt and pepper colored ash seems solid and held on for almost the entire third.” – (72)

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Man's Puff Review Ortega Serie D Maduro #8 Second Third
“The ash fell at the beginning of the second third and the smoke is very prominent and creamy. The spices stand out much more and are a combination of thyme and cinnamon with a bit of toffee mixed in and provides a clean, sweet and zesty kick. So far so good.” – (mjohnsoniii)
“Oh, hey, there’s some spice here….cinnamon, clove, cracked black pepper…not overwhelming at all. It’s more in the back of the throat, while the front of the draw, and the exhale/retrohale are still on the creamy side, although with a marked decline in sweetness, which isn’t a bad thing. As it goes on, the retrohale is starting to really pick up on the peppery notes, while its still creamy and nutty/meaty on the palate. Unfortunately, I’m not getting the fruit notes from the first third any longer. There’s a definite “”pop”” to this stick…I can’t really explain it but to say it reminds me of acidity in a wine… there’s this sharp, bracing note in there that helps to balance out the richness of the stick quite well. The ash on this has held like a champ, and only dropped once” – (MylesT)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The sweet chocolate flavor transitions in a dark bitter chocolate.” – (bigslowrock)
“While they aren’t as prominent as during the second third, the spices are very much still present but begin to taper off and subtle hints of nuts show through. It reminds me of cinnamon-roasted almonds. I’m almost sad that its about done.” – (mjohnsoniii)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“Draw was slightly snug which is the way I prefer it.” – (72)

Burn: 94

“Nice even burn all the way through, ash not very tight and couldn’t hold for longer than a half inch or so.” – (Sp@rky426)

“Excellent burn, no relights or corrections needed. Excellent ash retention.” – (bigslowrock)

Overall Experience: 90

“Reliable and enjoyable, well made, and tasty. Certainly not amazing, and I don’t know about box worthy, but I wouldn’t mind having a few on hand for a nice evening at the grill or lounging on the porch.” – (MylesT)

“Overall the cigar was average. The flavors didn’t do a whole lot for me.” – (72)

“From its initial spiciness to the roasted nuts of the final third, this cigar had much to offer. The complexity was above-average and left me wanting more. It is definitely one that any cigar connoisseur would love to have a few of in the humidor for their regular rotation. Other than its initial appearance, this cigar was fantastic.” - (mjohnsoniii)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body: Medium

Smoking Time (in minutes): 83

Total Score: 90 (Very Good)


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