This is a review of the Ortega Serie D Natural No. 7 (5 x 46).

Nose:

I picked up sweet hay and tobacco.  Not much else going on here but the nose on this has me eager to light up.

Construction:

This cigar is a flat box press with flat veins near the cap.  No imperfections to be found.

Flavor:

This is a nice creamy cigar with lots of complex flavors.  I'm going to try the Ortega Maduro to compare the strength and flavor differences.

First

I picked up light pepper, some dried fruit and hints of earth.   The exhale finish is light cedar woodiness flavor.  My initial impressions are that it's quite smooth.  About 10 minutes in I started to pick up light coffee notes.  The first comes across as quite light in strength but excellent flavor complexity.

Middle

The middle third starts with light chocolate and more cedar.  The finish on this is quite earthy.  There's less flavor complexity in the middle third.

Final

The final third starts with a rich creaminess and roasted peanuts.  There's a little bit of spice at the halfway mark on the final.

Burn/Draw:

No burn or draw problems here.  Total smoking time was approximately an hour and fifteen minutes.

Value:

These can be found for anywhere from $6 to $7 for singles, $58 for a 5 pack and $117 for a box of 20.   This is a really excellent price point for a well constructed cigar delivering this kind of flavor.

Final Word:

The Ortega Serie D Natural isn't going to hit you with big tobacco strength like some other cigars will, but what it will do is deliver big flavors at a price point that should make these attractive to every cigar aficionado.  In a future review I'm going to compare and contrast these against the Serie D Maduro.


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