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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Olman Premium Cigars Olman (Re-Blended 2019) Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tuck (tuck0411)
82
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Olman Premium Cigars Olman (Re-Blended 2019) Toro.  This critique has been generously sponsored by John Scoble of Tabacos de Costa Rica.  Special thanks goes out to John for providing the sticks and MacMac (Joe) for coordinating this!

This is a Costa Rican tobacco company with over 21 years experience in the production of premium, handmade cigars, consisting of our own brands and many private labels, which are created with custom blends selected by their clients.  This prticular blend is their own created for their brand.  There is not a lot of additional information about them.


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
50
Country Manufactured:
Costa Rica
Filler:
Cuba
Binder:
Ecuador
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Mexican Coca-Cola with real sugar...

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

Pretty nice looking stick with the double-band presentation, only a couple of minor veins, and a light sheen. Kind of a soft-feeling pack but with no obvious soft spots.  It's fat for a 50 gauge and is definitely fatter than some alleged 54 gauge "double robustos" I've smoked.  Makes one wonder about differences in measuring standards between factories...  But, I digress.  Gave it a punch and PLD was open.

Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed mostly even through the first third and self-corrected whenever the burn got a bit wavy.  Prior to the ash dropping at about 2 1/2", the burn got a bit lopsided but self-corrected after the ash left with the help of some aggressive puffing and turning of the stick. Same story down to the nub - occasional waviness followed by self-correction with no touch-ups needed.



Construction: 22 Points of 30 Possible

This was a loosely packed stick that burnt quickly for its size.  No cones were observed following ashings.  The wrapper was fragile and took some damage when I had to use my knife to remove the band due to excessive glue.  Fortunately, this did not impact smokeability.


Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

PLA gave a whiff of coffee.  The light produced a medium/full-bodied profile with notes of coffee and chocolate and some spice on retro.  This stayed pretty consistent throughout the smoke.  Very flavorful and enjoyable and easily the best aspect of this stick. Strength was medium/full as I got a noticeable nic hit towards the end.

Summary

This stick would have benefited from better construction, ie. a tighter pack and more durable wrapper (and less glue on the band).  Apart from that, it was a nice smoke and one I would do again.  Thanks go to Pete and Mac for including me in this critique.

Humidor time: 29 days
Burn time: 0:58
Rating: 82



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