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

Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Natural
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq
89
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 Water

Pre-Light: 10 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar had a rustic, medium brown wrapper that was quite veiny and bumpy. The stick was firm and heavy-in-hand. Sported a well-made quadruple cap that was easy to clip. Had both a band and a foot band with camouflage and hunter orange colors and design, with the printing on the foot band in some sort of groovy 70’s style font. Smelled sweet, and the cold draw reminded me of an orange Tic-Tac (kind of strange, huh?)

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

My sample burned straight and true and never required a touch up or relight, even after setting it down at one point for almost 5 minutes. Produced a white, flaky ash that continued to drop off after every half to three-quarter inch, which was a little annoying. Underneath the ash was a solid hot red cone for most of the cigar experience.  Produced volumes of bluish smoke.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

Solidly rolled with no soft spots. Cigar felt heavy-in-hand.  No issues with the wrapper or burn at any point.  Great quadruple cap which clipped easily. The cigar had a perfect draw.  Really no construction issues at all.

Flavor: 37 Points of 45 Possible

Upon lighting, there was a bitter citrus taste, but this disappeared after the first inch. The more enjoyable notes were an earthiness, some mineral elements, a pleasant amount of black pepper and sweet tea.  Cigar was medium in both strength and body.

The second third added some cedar and a nice creaminess to the earth, mineral, black pepper and sweet tea.  The black pepper was more up front, and combined with the creamy quality, it reminded me of the creamy peppercorn sauce that is sometimes served over steak.  Still medium in strength, but now medium full in body. This second third was my favorite part of this cigar.

The final third was still creamy, earthy, some cedar, less black pepper, and a touch of sweetness. Unfortunately, some of the initial bitterness returned to the final third, but the cigar was burning hot and I found that this could be tempered by smoking it much more slowly to cool it down.  It finished medium full in both body and strength.

Summary

This cigar has some complexity and interesting flavors.  A great medium to medium full cigar. It tends to burn really hot on the second half and you are rewarded with better flavors if you smoke it slower.  The Honduran profile is easily identifiable with the earth and minerals, so if you like Honduran cigars, then this is one you should try.  Other than the occasional bitter notes and the ash falling onto my clothes often (and unexpectedly!), I really enjoyed this cigar.  Total smoking time was 1 hour 25 minutes.



(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 © 2007-2020 Cigar Geeks, Inc. All rights reserved.    Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service