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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Ovation
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member ninfiction (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the San Cristobal Ovation Decadence.

The Hype:
San Cristobal is a premium brand patiently blended by legendary cigar-maker, Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia in Estelí, Nicaragua, that has earned scores of devoted cigar lovers and top ratings over the years. Ovation is the first limited edition San Cristobal. An exclusive production of 2,000 total boxes is drawn from only the finest and rarest tobaccos grown on Garcia family estates. A dark and lustrous San Andrés Oscuro wrapper emerges from an intensive two-and-a-half-year double fermentation to reveal a full-bodied, captivating richness over a proprietary selection of aged Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. Articulate notes of dark cocoa, wood and leather register with an exquisite potency. The finish reveals sweet hickory aromas and a gratifying aftertaste. Ovation is meticulously rolled in each format, offering a cool, complex draw with an abundance of irresistible flavor. While supplies last, prepare to relish Pepin’s most decadent release to date!


Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Mexico
Color:
Oscuro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with coffee

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Good looking cigar as it comes out of the cello, double band and then the foot wrapped in a hot pink satin band. The wrapper is a nice example, some vein lines but not many and no really large ones. The seem on the wrapper overlap is quite smooth and the wrapper has a nice toothy feel to it with a nice oily sheen. The cap is well applied and takes a cut just fine. The cannon is very solid and feels well packed and the cigar gives off a nice tobacco aroma mixed with some wood.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

The draw on this cigar was a bit firmer then I care for but it wasn't beyond the point of being smoke able. Smoke production was adequate and the almost pure white ash held well past an inch and a half and was solid. The burn was slow and cool and it kept a pretty good line for what feels like a pretty thick wrapper. If the draw had been a bit more open would have been happier as I think smoke production would have been higher.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

Nice wrapper with a good oily sheen and a nice toothy feel to it, sort of like running your finger over a worn out emery board. The cap is well applied with an almost invisible seem line and cut with out incident. The draw feel's a bit firm pre-light and has a nice earthy tobacco flavor. The draw was the main dr4aw back for me, it was to firm and because of that I believe smoke production suffered.

Flavor: 28 Points of 35 Possible

Right off I am getting some toasted sugar cane, chocolate, wood, and cream and some hint's of other thing's I cant quite put a label on, but, rest assured, they are good. I would say strength is on the hi side of medium at this point and the smoke is leaving behind a mildly sweet, medium duration aftertaste that leaves me ready for the next puff.
     Still getting some cream and espresso in the second third but the rest of the flavors have faded out and there isn't much spice in the retro now. Such a strong start and then it settles into a rut with so little happening. Even the strength has dropped some, medium at best.
     Well the flavors have come back in the last third. Getting cream, espresso, nut's, tobacco, wood and some floral. A nice pick up after an uneventful middle to this one.
    


Summary

Not a bad cigar but not what I was expecting for one in this price range. The fact that the bottom pretty well dropped out of the flavors during the second third really hurt this smoke in my opinion. The profile in the beginning and at the end were really good so it was doubly disappointing when the middle was as bland as it was. This is a good cigar at around 6-8 buck's a pop and not a bad way to spend an afternoon at that price and you will need an afternoon as this one burns long and slow taking over 2 hours to turn into ash.



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