As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I unveil #7 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #6.
#7 Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero
Almost 2 years ago, Eddie Ortega announced that he was leaving his position as President of EOBrands and starting a new venture called Ortega Cigars. His initial offering was the Ortega Serie D that was blended in conjunction with the Garcia Family at the My Father factory in Esteli. The initial Serie D, a Habano wrapped offering, was released in early 2012 with a Maduro version coming soon after. Both appeared on many Top Cigars of 2012 lists and brought high praise to the offering and new brand.
2013 has seen an expansion for the brand with the re-release of the Cubao, the release of the Wild Bunch cigars as well as the Ortega Minis, but none have created quite the buzz amongst hardcore smokers as the line extension for the Serie D Maduro - #7 on our 2013 Consolidated list, the Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero! First unveiled as part of the welcome package for the 2013 DC Cigar Tweet-Up, regular production began in early summer. The Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero is wrapped in a dark San Andres Maduro wrapper and includes long-filler tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa, Nicaragua for a medium to full-bodied cigar with rich and bold flavor.
"Before first light, the aroma on the foot strikes me as a fresh hay, or even molasses if you linger a bit longer. The wrapper aroma is similar, but more faint. The pre-light draw is earthy, with only the slightest bit of spice on the tongue."
"I thought the Serie Ds were good to begin with, but the Lancero is fantastic - I absolutely love the cigar in this vitola."
"Not once in the entire cigar did I have to correct the burn or relight - a rarity for Lanceros."
"Flavor-wise this was similar to the No.8 Maduro, but seemed more refined. In both, I noticed mild pepper at first that really dissipated as an earthiness took over with the No.8 providing a bit more complexity, but this Lancero really hitting the mark."
"It’s still somewhat dry on the palate, and keeps the early notes of toasted nuts – although the hints of wood come to the foreground for me. The wood flavor has sweetened a bit, and in keeping with my habit of drawing associations to my grilling/smoking escapades, this reminds me of when I have applewood in my smoker in preparation for smoking salmon."
"In the final stretch, I would place the Ortega Serie D well within the medium range for strength, but it produces bold, full and enjoyable flavors throughout."
You can read Matt's short review of the Serie D Lancero in his Week In Review from 7/30/13 here.
You can see Eddie Ortega on CigarChat here.
You can read Cigarmy's review of the Ortega Serie D Maduro No.10 here.
You can read CigarSurgeon's review of the Ortega Serie D Natural No.7 here.
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