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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) OSOK Leroy
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Nathan (nwb)
88
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) OSOK Leroy.  This cigar is the product of a project from the team of Edgar Hoill and Christian Eiroa for Tobacco Haven in Brookline, N.H.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Tobacco Haven and Edgar Hoill.  Thanks goes out to Brian (bmac7754) for coordinating this critique!

Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with water.

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

This is a great looking cigar, presented in a double coffin with the Dark Master.  The band is rather large and ornate, and the silver/black color is really eye catching against the milk chocolate colored wrapper.  The wrapper leaf is extremely smooth, slightly toothy, with a very light sheen of oil to it.  There are no major veins to speak of, and the cap is one of the best I've seen.  Feeling the length of the barrel, I didn't detect any soft spots, and it feels firmly packed and heavy in hand.  Overall, I found it to be expertly constructed.  The prelight aroma is woodsy and distinctly herbal.  Using a Palio, it cut cleanly, and the prelight aroma was woodsy as well.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Using a torch, the cigar took well to a flame, and soon I was rewarded with a copious amounts of dense, rich smoke.  The burn line began razor straight and remained that way throughout the smoke.  The white ash was interesting: the first one fell at about a half inch, but the remaining ash held in solid inch chunks.  No relights were required, and the total burn time was about an hour and a half.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

As noted in the prelight, this cigar's construction was exceptional, and it proved that way throughout smoking it.  The roll was firm, seams and cap cleanly applied, and the wrapper was nearly flawless.  The draw provided the perfect amount of resistance, and each puff provided a mouthful of dense smoke.  The burn line was one of the best I've seen on any cigar, being almost razor straight from start to finish.  The only points deducted were due to the frailty of the initial ash, which fell very early.

Flavor: 29 Points of 45 Possible

1/2 - The cigar opens with an initial blast of peppery spice, which lasts almost an inch.  Despite the presence of so much spice, the finish was remarkably short, tasting a little of earth and pine wood.  Once it mellowed, the earthiness came to the forefront, and the woodsy flavor left a strange, albeit not totally unpleasant, taste on the finish.  The body was medium-full and remained that way throughout the first half.

2/2 - There was little transition into the second half: the earthy core remained, and there was a slight addition of a citrus note from time to time.  Despite not being an overly complex smoke, the flavors were enjoyable.  The cigar remained medium-full until the nub.

Summary

Overall, this was a good cigar.  The construction was truly exceptional, and the overall flavor profile was good.  Had the cigar been a little more complex and well-rounded, it would have scored higher.  Despite that drawback, I really enjoyed the opportunity to smoke a limited release cigar, and the artistry associated with this and the Dark Master make it a pair of smokes I'd recommend trying.



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