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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Natural
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)
85
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by one of our members Kid Montana (Dan).  The cigar provided for this round is the Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Natural.

The Hype: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. added a new line that addressed one of the situations for which a cigar seemingly hadn’t yet been created: hunting. Named the Wild Hunter, it is a Honduran puro with two variations, a Natural version and a Maduro (Oscuro) version, with the wrappers for each cigar coming from the Copan region of Honduras. The binder and filler draw on tobacco grown on Valladares’ farm, La Estrada a Copan, giving the smoker a full experience of Honduran flavor, according to the company. We will be reviewing the Natural version.


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Color:
Naturale
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with coffee

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper looks dry and is relatively smooth. The cap appears well applied and takes a V-cut well enough. The draw is good and the cannon has a little give but feels well packed although there is one soft spot just below the band. The double camo and safety orange bands give the stick a unique appearance. The foot has a nice tobacco aroma to it prelight and the filler seems to be even across the foot.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar takes a flame well and starts out with a nice even burn. The burn rate is nice and slow producing a cool and flavorful smoke of witch there is plenty. Not the highest smoke production but still a good amount. The ash is solid and held well past an inch and is a combination of light and dark grey's. The burn was a bit wavy from start to finish but never required a correction.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw on this cigar is good with just the right amount of resistance. The wrapper is a good looking leaf but it has a couple of rough spots along the seem were the cut was done. Nothing to major but still noticeable. The cap seems well applied but is off to one side and not centered. A few minor cosmetic items but construction for the most part is good.

Flavor: 37 Points of 45 Possible

Starts out nice with a mostly woody profile, a bit of cream and a toasted malt hint a bit of spice in the retro and a short lived sweet hint at the end of each puff. The room aromatic is nice with a light touch of vanilla accompanying the toasty notes.

The second third is marked by the toasted malt becoming the dominant flavor and the wood taking a secondary roll. The spice has picked up a bit and the aftertaste although not as sweet as the first third is now a medium duration and has a bit of a nut flavor to it.

The last third becomes noticeably sweeter and is dominated by a almost almond like flavor with espresso in the background. Spice seemed to reach a peak in the last third and is now a little lighter in this last third. The flavors really came together nicely to finish out this cigar.

Summary

A good cigar over all. A nice slow burn and good smoke production with a decent flavor profile. The strength never got above a medium in my opinion but it was on the upper end of medium. Although this isn't a cigar I would go out of my way to find, it also isn't one I would turn down if offered. Thanks for including me in this one Dan.



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