Oscar Valladares revealed the McFly at the PCA trade show this year in Las Vegas. It is a sequel of sorts to the Super Fly that came out in 2019 that we reviewed here. The Super Fly was a 1970’s themed cigar sharing the name with the 1972 film. It also happened to be the companies strongest cigar to date. With the Oscar Valladares McFly, we move to the 1980’s with an obvious nod to the 1985 film Back to the Future and its main character, Marty McFly.
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. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The blend for Oscar Valladares McFly uses a Mexican wrapper, Honduran binder, and filler tobacco from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic. It comes in three size options: Toro (6 x 52) – $11.50, Churchill (7 x 48) – $12.00, and Sixty (6 x 60) – $12.50. All comes in boxes of 20. The cigars are rolled at the Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co factory in Danlí, Honduras.
Vitola: Churchill Length: 7″ Ring Gauge: 48 Country of Origin: Honduras Wrapper: Mexico Binder: Honduras Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua Factory: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co Blender: Oscar Valladares Number of reviewers: 5 – Alan(Eulogy) Ryan H.(Ryan H.) Mickey T.(irratebass) John A.(Bostoneo) Doug S.(Unpossible_1) Price: $12.00 Age: 5 Months Release Date: October 2021 Contributed by: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co
Initial Impressions – Oscar Valladares McFly Churchill
“I believe this is a Churchill. It has two wrappers on it the foot is a lighter brown color than the rest of the cigar. This is an excellently rolled cigar. Very smooth with minimal veins or seams. The wrapper is quite toothy though.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“Strong notes of leather and barnyard are the only predominate things I can pick up from the wrapper and the foot.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Flavor: 88 Strength: Medium Body/Complexity: Medium
“Upon light up, I am greeted with a medium profile of leather, cedar, black pepper, and a hint of graphite is present. Passing the shaggy foot, the profile tames down into a pleasant medium profile of creamy leather, black pepper, and peanuts, very delightful!” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“The raisin note from the predraw comes through on the shaggy foot. I’m getting a mild amount of pepper on the finish along with a lot of rich notes of tobacco and a dry mouthfeel from the smoke. Once the wrapper gets involved it becomes far more mineral in profile with a slightly unpleasant paper bag note. A bit more pepper on the finish and a background note of leather round out the first third.” –Alan (Eulogy)
Flavor: 89 Strength: Medium-Strong Body/Complexity: Medium
“Now with a good amount of burn going with the wrapper, the bbq meat continues but takes it up a notch. A significant habanero note really heats things up at the halfway point. The warmth and tingle I’m getting from this are much like that of Habanero Death Dust. Very deep flavors at work here.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
“Very enjoyable cigar, not as sweet as it was. earth wood and espresso there with the salty finishing note and it stays post draw.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Flavor: 89 Strength: Medium-Strong Body/Complexity: Medium
“The flavors at the end are interesting but not very cohesive. Pine, coffee, burned popcorn, tobacco, and body odor funk. Occasionally, the paper note from the first third returns but it isn’t as constant or distracting.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Having a hard time keeping this lit as it starts to come to end, but I am detecting some cream soda flavors quite an interesting motley crew of flavors with this one.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
Overall Impressions – Oscar Valladares McFly Churchill
“Just a little too snug but I wasn’t fighting it. If you like a slightly tighter draw this would probably be in your sweet spot.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“There were a few spots that were underfilled as well as weird bunching spots that burned unevenly. I didn’t need to do any touch-ups or relights though as it self-corrected. Be mindful of falling ash as it would drop without any warning and even at a quarter-inch of ash.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“Nice construction on this one except for the final third burn issues, but the cigar performed well for over 2+ hours.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong Overall Body/Complexity: Medium Experience Overall: 89
“The flavors were a little muted and some of the notes were a bit off-putting to me. It had a fantastic smoke output though but is very dry on the palate. It might pair well with bourbon or coffee but on its own was a little monotonous due to the size and amount of time it takes to smoke.” –Alan (Eulogy)
“I feel the cigar was a little fast burning. but had an enjoyable profile and a good burn and draw so was plenty good enough for a box purchase.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“I enjoyed this cigar it kept giving me notes of sweet tobacco, coffee, German chocolate cake, and even some cream soda at the end. This cigar started out nice with the sweetness then let up and brought in the wood and earthy notes, but the sweetness never left and even returned at the end. I will let you know dear readers that this does require some time commitment. I wouldn’t suggest you smoke this cigar in the elements unless it’s a nice spring or fall day.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“Overall, this was a solid medium to full-bodied cigar with it falling into a less than desirable bitter profile on the last third. Great construction, burn, and draw made the mechanics of this sample simply brilliant. With mixed feelings on the flavor variation, I would say give it a try to see if you enjoy it, it may be up your alley.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“Delish notes of smoked meats and sizzling habanero sum up this cigar best for me. I’m glad I got a chance to experience this and wouldn’t mind adding a few to my collection.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
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Oscar Valladares McFly Churchill – Blind Cigar Review
Oscar Valladares McFly Churchill
"I enjoyed this cigar it kept giving me notes of sweet tobacco, coffee, German chocolate cake, and even some cream soda at the end. This cigar started out nice with the sweetness then let up and brought in the wood and earthy notes, but the sweetness never left and even returned at the end. I will let you know dear readers that this does require some time commitment. I wouldn't suggest you smoke this cigar in the elements unless it's a nice spring or fall day. " -Mickey T. (irratebass)