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Ortega Serie D

Thanks to Bonita Smoke Shop and John G. for gifting these to me recently. Otherwise, it would have been quite some time before I could smoke the cigar up for review today. The Serie D is the brain child of Eddie Ortega, formerly of E.O. Brands. If I recall correctly, they are made in factories owned by Don Pepin Garcia. I assume it’s namesake is inspired by one of my favorite Cuban cigars, the Partagas Serie D (the Serie P is damn good too). I paired with water and got to smoking…

 

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Macuro

Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Size: #10 Belicoso 6 x 52

Price: Around $6.80

 

Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper was oily and had some small water spots. It had a fairly strong barnyard odor, and the foot was more sweet and a little earthy. The cigar was packed evenly and was hard as a rock, except towards the torpedo head. The draw was on the snug side, but fell within my tolerance. The pre-light flavor was earthy, sweet, and woody.

The burn required one small correction, and the ash held for just about an inch.

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Flavor:

The initial puffs of the first third were thick and almost musty. The flavor profile really shined through when retrohaling. Pepper was up there, and once or twice, I over did it and my eyes teared up. This isn’t to say it was harsh, it just isn’t a beginner cigar. The musty flavor turned in to more of a bitter sweetness, along with a sweet spice and coffee. Woodiness was up next, with a touch of earthiness.

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The second third went well. Like before, the smoke was thick and clung to the mouth and lips. The mustiness was more like espresso. Sweet bitterness was there and reminded me of dark chocolate. The pepper calmed down a little, but kept a fair amount of zing. I still had to pay attention when retrohaling.

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The last third changed a little. The main flavor was strong black coffee with a nice bitter finish. Dark chocolaty sweetness followed, along with a sweet tingly cinnamon spice. The peppery spice didn’t go anywhere and regained some of it’s punch.

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Conclusion:

This was a damn good full bodied cigar. It isn’t for the faint of heart though. The bold flavors, and the balance of body and strength made this a joy to smoke. What more can I say? I will definitely smoke more of these!

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8 Responses to “Ortega Serie D”

eddie ortega May 3rd, 2012 at 9:18 am

Nice review, glad you enjoyed it man.

-eddie

Patrick May 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Thank Tom. I smoked the robusto and toro vitolas of this cigar. They were very good. Seems like they may have been a bit less peppery than this larger ring gauge. Excellent sticks overall. Love the chocolate flavor. It was quite pronounced in the first half of both sticks I tried.

Patrick May 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

To Eddie – nice work on the new brand and cigar!!! I always enjoy the balance of your smokes.

Jeff Johnson May 4th, 2012 at 5:39 am

Great job Tom, you nailed this review in my opinion. I have tried all of the vitolas and the #10 belicoso is my favorite. I think it’s the best new cigar to hit the market so far this year. “Pepin” has the midas touch, I love just about everything he makes. Keep up the good work!

Jordan Kenner May 7th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Well written. You definitely have my attention on these sticks. We like to fill our humidor with what you guys like. Thank you for opening expressing your opinion.

Tom May 8th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thanks all for checking out the review, I’m glad you agree with it. I smoke a lot of good cigars, but not many damn good ones. I will have more of these.

Chas July 13th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

wish I could find these in my area…AL is behind the times for sure! And we border FL for goodness sakes!

Tom July 13th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Chas – I have yet to see these anywhere in my area! If it weren’t for the kindness of Jackie from Bonita Smoke Shop, I would have never had the chance to try these!

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