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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Natural
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: McBryde
90
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 no beverage

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar was dry on the outside, a few small veins in the exterior leaf. It was cut with a Xikar cutter, and cut cleanly. The cigar did not seem to have any soft spots in it. It did have some darker splotchy areas on the exterior of the leaf, but they did not seem to effect the smoking. The cigar had a strong aroma of tobacco when smelling it. The pre-light draw had notes of cocoa and hay.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

I lit the cigar with a torch, and the cigar burned perfectly the whole cigar. There were no issues with the burn at all. The cigar held its solid grey ash for a good inch and a half. There was quite a bit of smoke volume for this cigar as well. It took right about an hour to smoke this cigar.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was perfect! Not too tight, and not too loose. The construction was nice, with the wrapper having a few small veins. The only drawback was the dark splotches that were all over the cigar. It was almost like camouflage on the wrapper of the hunter stick! No issues with it smoking nicely though!

Flavor: 38 Points of 45 Possible

I would call this a med-full strength cigar by all means.

The pre-light draw was characterized by a cocoa flavor and hay. It was a preview of the show for sure.

The first third was spicy, with a medium nutty flavor to it. Towards the end of the first third, a grassy hay flavor came into play.

The second third was mainly characterized by the hay that was a little on the bitter side, as well as strong tobacco flavor. It didn't last the whole second third, and cocoa followed the bitter hay. It was almost like an unsweet baking chocolate flavor almost.

The final third was just strong tobacco, cocoa, and a nutty aftertaste.

There was no tongue burn, or salty, sharp, or anything like that. There was no off tastes in this cigar. It was just pretty straight forward and strong in its flavors.

Summary

Overall, I found this cigar to be a good smoke and  is definitely one to give a try. You definitely need to be ready to smoke a strong stick when you smoke it, as it is very strong in flavor, and definitely in nicotine as well. I'll definitely be smoking more of these!



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