Created by Ortega cigars for the retailer Tobaccology, The Glynn Loope Project is a tribute to Glynn Loope, who is the Executive Director of the Cigar Rights of America.
Production was limited to 2,000 cigars, as 100 – 20 count boxes. We received these as a review sample from the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas
The nose on the Ortega The Glynn Loope Project is pepper, cedar and a thick sweetness off of the wrapper.
The first third opens with sweet pepper, which is a full bodied pepper blast. There is some savory almost peaty notes that are lingering between draws. The retrohale is a nice pepper burn through the nose and back of the throat. This is a really tasty full bodied cigar for sure. I definitely wish I was pairing with a Laphroaig scotch. The ask is holding really well here with no signs of dropping.
There’s a bit of earthy after taste that is building in the second third. It might be because I’m smoking this faster than I should be. I’m starting to pick up a sweet cedar profile on the retrohale which starts to balance out the earth. The pepper has died way down to a medium level at this point and is far less pronounced on the retrohale. A sweetness starts to integrate in the main flavor profile. The ash is still holding on with no intention of dropping. The sweet cedar is dominating, moving up to a medium-full intensity at the halfway mark.
Just before entering the final third the ash finally drops off. The last third is much sweeter with the pepper continuing to fall below the medium level and the cedar pulling back as well.
The Ortega The Glynn Loope Project is a rich and full bodied stick for those who enjoy strong cigars. Almost everything Eddie Ortega produces is right in my wheelhouse, so I wouldn’t hesitate to snap up a 5-Pack of these.
An Islay scotch would go really well with an Ortega The Glynn Loope Project. An alternative would be a full bodied Merlot wine. I would also think a full bodied Belgian Triple would be a good choice.