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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Natural
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: klamm143
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 Ice Cold.....Aquafina and a helper - Grey Goose!!

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

This stick was received and placed in the humi (no cello wrapper) for almost 3 weeks at RH-65. It was laid out at room temp (70 degrees for 5 days) prior to smoking.

Smoke date: 01-24-2020, lasting 80 minutes before laying it down for a final rest.

I did not know what to expect as this stick was a "first timer" for me although I have had several "O/V's" in the past. The wrapper was medium-dark in color with small minimal veins throughout. The stick was firm with a perfect cap and I chose to use a V-Cut. Pre-light draw was smooth and easy with initial notes of earthy/cedar.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

This stick was an easy light, and a nice even toasting. It gave off a good deal of smoke, again with hints of cedar and maybe some coffee bean. No relights were needed throughout, and only a few minor touch ups for very minimal uneven burns. During the smoke, this stick continued to give off ample amounts of (gray - white)smoke (even during rest periods between draws) with earthy flavors and coffee being at the forefront. The stick burnt with a gray-white ash that held together well at lengths of 1 to 2 inches before being "rolled off". The ash remained tight neither pitting, flowering or doing that "Mr. Conehead" thingy.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

This stick was very firm, and tightly constructed. The wrapper had several small minimal veins but they in no way adversely affected the smoke-ability nor enjoyment / experience of this stick. Actually, there were no adverse conditions at all that are worth mentioning. The pre-light draw has already been discussed and the after light draw was easy and consistent throughout. The wrapper and cap have been mentioned also. I was impressed with the overall feel of the wrapper, as it was not too oily and not too dry (just how I prefer them). The foot end was evenly packed and perfectly cut from the factory - a nice sharp edge that I find less and less these days in cigars that are ordered - stored - boxed and then shipped out to a customer or reviewer.

Flavor: 40 Points of 45 Possible

I found this stick to be medium in body but the main thing that caught my taste buds during the smoking process was "complexity". The pre-light draws and early draws were filled with earthy notes, cedar and coffee. The 1st third held to this flavoring, then during the 2nd third it seemed the coffee flavors gave way to a stronger expresso coffee theme - maybe even a dark chocolate or cocoa with a different sweetness that yielded in the 3rd stage towards spice and pepper or a slight bitterness that was distinctive at the back end of earlier mentioned sweetness. Distinct changes but they blended well in my opinion.

Summary

Overall, I enjoyed this stick and will definitely purchase some in the future. Definately a very smokable, enjoyable and price friendly addition to the humidor. Thanks to Dan and Bruce for allowing me to participate in this month's Geek Critique. Thanks for the Hitchers Dan - and Happy Smoking to All.




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