CIGAR RESOURCES
 
HOME
CIGAR DATABASE
CIGAR REVIEWS
CIGAR PASSES
CIGAR PLACES
CIGAR NEWS
MY HUMIDOR
FORUMS
CALENDARS
ARTICLES
CIGAR SIZER
PHOTO ALBUMS
QUOTES
SITE LINKS
SHOPPING
 
SITE RESOURCES
 
ARCADE
LOGON
MEMBERS LIST
HUMIDORS
SEARCH FORUMS
SEARCH CIGARS
SEARCH REVIEWS
POINTS SYSTEM
 
ABOUT US
 
WHO WE ARE?
CONTACT US
ADVERTISE
 
RSS FEEDS
 
FORUMS
REVIEWS
 
SPONSORS









You are logged in as a guest. ( logon | register )


Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

San Cristobal Ovation
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Gary (headfirst)
90
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 High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

I lost all my notes and it's late evening so this review is going to be mostly from memory and may be a little brief.  Medium sheen and the cap cut super clean but it revealed a cigar that was too tightly packed.  Just solid tobacco with a half dozen stems in view at the cut cap.  The presentation was nice with the ornate band and magenta ribbon at the foot.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Burn was razor straight for the first third, then wavered a little thereafter but nothing demanding a correction from the torch.  Ash was solid 2 inch chunks grey in color.  Smoke volume was good considering the draw I was dealing with and improved as the smoke progressed.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

As mentioned before, the draw was a little too tight.  In the first third I had to bite on the head to get a descent draw.  The cigar loosened up thereafter to something with just a touch too much resistance.  The wrapper and cap performed beautifully.

Flavor: 35 Points of 35 Possible

Flavors were good.  Started off on the pallet with a salty wheat bread and a nice charred oak, floral and spices retro party.  As it moved into the next two thirds the floral gave way to more of a maduro sweetness.  The sweetness on the retro seemed to build as the smoke progressed.
Body was around medium initially but increased to something more like medium-full.

I'm not a good judge of strength but I'd guess it started as a medium and graduated to medium-full at least.

Smoldering foot was yummy with floral and charred oak leading the way.

Summary

This was a solid cigar choice by Brian and I thank him for allowing me to try it.  I think had the pack been a tad lighter this would've been a really impressive stick as the flavors were very much in my wheelhouse.  The tighter draw was just unfortunate and I imagine is not a typical experience for this brand or blend.  I'll be curious to try another and see if I'm more in love with it when the draw isn't inhibiting the experience.



(Delete all cookies set by this site)

Connect with us:             Del.icio.us

Home  |  Contact Us  |  Advertise  |  Cigar Passes  |  Cigar Database  |  Virtual Humidor  |  Forums 

Copyright © 2007-2018 Cigar Geeks, Inc. All rights reserved.    Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service