Eddie Ortega launched his new cigar company Ortega Cigar Company and released the Serie ‘D’ in the first quarter of this year. The Serie ‘D’ has become one of the most sought after and anticipated cigars that I have seen in a while.
This box press cigar is available in 5 sizes; No. 6 (4.5 x 48), No. 7 (5 x 46), No. 12 (5 x 52), No. 8 (5.5 x 50) and the No. 10 (6 x 52) Belicoso.
The blend is comprised of a Mexican Maduro wrapper leaf from the San Andreas Valley, a binder from Esteli, Nicaragua and Viso and Ligero filler tobaccos from the Esteil / Jalapa regions of Nicaragua.
For this review, I had smoked quite a few of the No.6 and No.7 vitolas. Some of these were given to me by Eddie Ortega when I saw him at Charmed Leaf’s SoFlaTweetUp. Others I purchased at the only Tampa Bay area tobacconist that carries the Ortega line, Tampa Humidor.
The cigar’s band is a very colorful, bright red and green that is very eye catching.
The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown in color and has an oily appearance. With the box press shape, you really get the impression that this is a candy bar.
The aroma of the maduro wrapper is a very rich tobacco scent with some cedar. The foot had a sweet, berry scent.
Once the cap was clipped, the cigar had an easy draw and I could taste more rich tobacco.
I toasted the foot with a single flame torch and then rotated the cigar into a full burn. I was rewarded with tons of smoke from each puff and an initial burst of peppery flavor.
The cigar burns very evenly with a firm, light gray ash. Each puff produces an abundance of satisfying smoke.
The flavor profile of the Ortega Serie ‘D’ is full, rich tobacco with chocolate notes and lots of pepper on the palate and in the exhale.
I decided to have some fun with the Serie ‘D’ and tried it with various pairings. If you follow Eddie Ortega on social media (and if you don’t, you should), you’ll see he likes to relax with a cigar and some Ron Zacapa rum. I’ve never tried Ron Zacapa so I thought this was a good opportunity to give it a shot. Now, I don’t know if Eddie had this rum in mind when he was blending the Serie ‘D’ but, together, the rum and cigar were excellent. The rum was very smooth and flavorful and paired very well against the Serie ‘D’’s flavors.
I also put it up against my personal favorite coffee bean, the Sumatra Mandheling. I roast coffee beans at home so I made a fresh batch a day before I was going to pair the cigar with my morning coffee.
Again, I felt the Serie ‘D’ and this particular coffee bean complimented each other very well. In general, I feel the Sumatra Mandheling bean has enough flavor and body to compliment many cigars, at any time of the day.
Overall, I really enjoyed all of the Ortega Cigars Serie ‘D’ that I have smoked. I like the full body and strength of the cigar. The construction is top notch and the cigar itself is very good looking. If this cigar is not available at your local tobacconist now, hopefully it will be soon so you can try one yourself.
The Ortega Serie ‘D’ is only available at this fine Tampa Bay tobacconist:
Tampa Humidor – 1418 E. Busch Blvd #105,Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 990-8535