Cigar Reviews

Ortega Cigar Company – Serie “D” No. 8

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This week we take a first look at Eddie Ortega’s newest endeavor with the first release from Ortega Cigar Company, the Serie “D”.

Ortega Serie "D"

The Good Stuff: As most of you now know, Eddie Ortega had recently decided to separate from the joint operation he founded along side Erik Espinosa, EO Brands. Shortly after announcing his new brand, Ortega Cigar Company, Eddie announced and even started shipping the first installment under the new label the Serie “D”.

Ortega Serie "D"

The Serie “D” is hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua using fillers and binder grown in the Jalapa and Esteli regions of Nicaragua, with a San Andreas, Mexican maduro wrapper. The Serie “D” will come in both 10 and 20 count boxes of the following 5 sizes: The No.6 (4 ½ x 48), the No.7 (5×46), the No.8 (5 1/2×50), the No. 10 (6×52 belicoso), and the No. 12 (5×52) and will range from $6.50 to $7.50.

Ortega Serie "D"

As of today, around 70 retailers across the United States will start receiving limited shipments of the Serie “D”. Although, from what I know, this is not a limited edition cigar, production will start out small. In a conversation I had with Eddie, he let me know that as of right now he is pretty much sold out, and is grateful that he has been getting the feedback that he has, and has even already received re-order which he is working diligently to fill. Once they can produce more of the Serie “D” they will expand into more, and more retailers across the country. For more information follow Eddie on twitter (@eddieor) and visit the Ortega Cigar Company website (www.ortegacigars.com).

 Size: 5 ½ x 50  –  Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas  –  Binder: Esteli Nicaraguan  –  Filler: Esteli/Jalapa Nicaraguan  –  Strength: Medium/Full

Ortega Serie "D"

Prelight: The Ortega Serie “D” is an awesome looking cigar. It stars out with this crazy dark, toothy, rough looking wrapper. Seriously, this thing is almost black. Although very consistent, the cap is quite a bit lighter than the wrapper on the rest of the cigar. Again, I like to see inconsistencies in my maduro cigars. It proves to me that they aren’t dyed. The body of the cigar is a beautiful, wide, box press which only display ones smaller vein running about half of the body of the cigar. The wrapper on this cigar feel really tough, and very hard as well as the filler. The Serie “D” barely even compresses as I squeeze the hell out of it. The cigar is then polished off with an elegant, double band looking single band. Red, black, green, and white and gold with Eddie’s new “Ortega” logo printed on the front as well as the words “Serie D” and a barcode stamped on the back. The wrapper doesn’t give off too much aroma at all, mostly cedar which I would assume came from the actual box these were packaged in. The foot gives off some nice coffee, tobacco, and a dash of pepper. The cap on the Ortega Serie “D” clipped cleanly, and easily using my double bladed Palio cutter, despite how tough I thought the wrapper was going to be. The cold draw lets looks this crazy chocolate and coffee flavor with just a tiny bit of earthy tobacco underneath.

Ortega Serie "D"

First Smoke: It took a little convincing, but after a minute or so the Ortega Serie “D” finally caught fire using my single flame butane torch. Right away I was greeted with a very nice, light pepper which faded away after only a few puffs to reveal a really strong, dark chocolate, coffee, nut, and tobacco flavor profile. The draw is slightly tighter than I would of liked, but it’s far from plugged and after only a few puffs the Serie “D” kicks out a nice cloud of very thick, white smoke. The cigar doesn’t give off much in the stationary smoke department, but the aroma is a terrific spicy cedar. The burnline is nicely even leaving behind a nice, zebra striped white and dark grey ash. The ash held on for about an inch before giving way.

Ortega Serie "D"

Halfway There: The more I smoke this Ortega Serie “D” the smoother it becomes. The chocolate has morphed into what I could best describe as a nice chocolate milk flavor along with the ramp up in the coffee flavor resulting in a crazy espresso style profile. The nut is still there as well. The retrohale is just as easy and smooth as the rest of the experience coating my nasal passage with an awesome chocolate/cedar. I’m not really feeling any nicotine, and the burnline is still dead even.

Ortega Serie "D"

Finish: And again, the dark chocolate flavor in this Ortega Serie “D” has really ramped up yet again. I actually made a comment when discussing this cigar with my good friend Dan Reeve over at Cigar Explorer that cigar was kind of like smoking a Hershey’s bar. The chocolate is really taking hold of the rest of the flavors in this experience leaving only some sweet, sweet tobacco, deep woodsy flavors, and of course the espresso.  The band slid right off. The entire experience has been incredibly smooth and I am feeling absolutely no nicotine at all from this cigar. Even into the final inch, which burned so well it didn’t even heat up much, with no harshness at all. It took me about an hour and a half to take this wonderful cigar down.

Ortega Serie "D"

Overview: It’s safe to say Eddie Ortega has hit it out of the park once again. I’ve always been a fan of the work he did with Erik Espinosa over at EO Brands and the Serie “D” didn’t disappoint. This is one of the smoothest experiences I have had while producing some strong, and pleasant flavors. Don’t think this is an infused cigar, or even close to an infused experience. It’s not. Far from it. I honestly went into this experience imagining a tweaked Murcielago experience, which it wasn’t anything like. For the quality cigar that you get at the low price point I think this cigar is a perfect addition to anyone’s regular rotation. I’m extremely curious to see what else Eddie has up his sleeve.

Ortega Serie "D"

Pairing: Here’s another beer that isn’t a stranger to Casas Fumando’s pairing section. Chimay’s Grand Reserve, or Chimay blue. The entire Chimay line has made multiple experiences to this website, and with good reason. Not only are they baddass Trappist brewed Belgian beers, but they each go perfectly with just about any cigar. The Blue is the strongest out of the bunch, boasting a 9% ABV and it’s also the darkest, thickest out of the trio. The deep fruity, malty, chocolaty flavors goes perfect with any fully bodied, or maduro cigar. This cigar would also go incredibly well with some porter, any stout, dark coffee, or brown cola.

Ortega Serie "D" with some Chimay Blue Grand Reserve

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

23 Comments

  1. Dalamscius

    February 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Tony, I think you got this cigar mixed up with one of those fake chocolate cigars… lol
    Damn that sounds good!

    • Tony Casas

      February 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

      hahaha! Those are good too!

  2. irratebass

    February 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I need to find me some of these, I am a fan of Mr. Ortega, great review and thanks.

    • Tony Casas

      February 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I know some shops have already received a few. You may want to check the website, or even contact Eddie directly and see if there are any near you!

  3. irratebass

    February 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Thanks, I do know that one of my neighboring states has them in, a friend picked some up already….so need to give them a call.

    • Tony Casas

      February 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      We will also be giving a few sampler packs away later this month! Keep a look out.

      • irratebass

        February 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        Whoo Hoo!!!!

        Dang I looked up the store locater…….NOTHING in my State at all Boo!

  4. TADD

    February 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Dude. I am drooling. I need to find these. Love his work so far. Have to look for these. Great price point etc… Do they have a functioning website? With vendors? Thanks!

  5. jjo

    February 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like a great stick to have for dessert. Unfortunately, no stores in my area according to the website.

    • Tony Casas

      February 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Keep on the lookout Jeff! Daniel and I will be giving away a couple of sampler packs away later on this month 🙂

  6. Lou Bozzelli

    February 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Great write-up Tony. Sounds like a beauty smoke. I’ll have to contact my U.S. tobacconist and see if he can get these in. One thing that makes me very curious though; why does the opening line up feature sizes so close and similar in size? 4 vitolas that range length from 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 and 3 of the vitolas range in ring size from 48 to 52, It surprises me, just that I would think for “The Big Opening release”, there would be a bigger range and variety in sizes, maybe it’s just me.

    What does everyone else out there think about the sizes?

    Another great review and pics by our Tony!!

    • jjo

      February 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Gee Lou, I heard that size isn’t everything. 😉 Maybe they ran these to market so quickly that they didn’t have time to test out or tweak larger RGs? Speaking for myself, I’m perfectly happy to see nothing over 52RG, but I can understand what you’re saying. They do seem a little squished together, but maybe the slight differences will provide a bit of diversity in the experience. Perhaps Tony can chime in on whether or not he thought that might be true.

      • Dalamscius

        February 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        LOL jjo!
        But good call Lou! It is possible that he tested out other vitolas and found that there shined the most for this blend. I have had some cigars that are great in one vitola and crap in another, so I’d much rather see a blend only released in it’s best form.
        Sure that may turn away some people who are only Churchill smokers for example, but I think it’s a good strategy to make sure every stick is as good as possible!

      • Tony Casas

        February 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

        see my reply to Lou 🙂

    • Tony Casas

      February 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Actually, the No. 7 is a non-box pressed large corona. So if you look at the sizes its: Belicoso, Toro, Large Corona, Robusto, and short Robusto! The only thing missing is a 6×60 which I don’t think would suit this blend well at all 🙂

      Thanks words man! Now go chase these down.

      • Lou Bozzelli

        February 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        Ohh I’m gonna chase these down alright!!! Unfortunately, I don’t know what size vitola
        to choose, now what?(hee hee)

        6X60’s I find are great cigars if they are rolled perfectly and are not the power bombs that will blow your head off. Years ago I had just started smoking cigars and for some reason I thought I’d light up a LaFlor Domincana DL 700. I was stoned for 30 minutes in my backyard. I prefer the milder side in the bigger RG’s.

        Thanks for chiming in jjo and Daniel T. Thanks for the reply Tony.

        Don’t burn your fingers boys!!

        • jjo

          February 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          Always fun to read your comments, Lou. And by the way, I took a look at your site – beautiful work!

  7. czerbe

    February 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I think he has always made some serious stuff I must get my hands on some of these sticks.

  8. Jay

    February 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for the review, Tony. My local B&M has received his shipment and I’m looking forward to sampling it. Is your lens calibrated properly. Few out of focus photographs in this post 🙂

    • Tony Casas

      February 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

      My sensor is actually dirty as hell thanks to some awful winds we’ve had here in the desert and some not-so-smart lens changes. I’m actually cleaning it today.

  9. eddie ortega

    February 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Hey Tony, great review buddy…glad you enjoyed them. In regards to the sizes, I love the old traditional sizes that everyone seems to be getting away from, I myself love the corona and lonsdale sizes 44-46 with 50 probably being the biggest size I really enjoy.

    Being that this is the first brand under the Ortega brand, I wanted to go back to the classic styles. Sometime this year, I’ll probably ad a bigger ring gage most likely a 60 since I’m already getting lots of request.

    -regards

    Eddie

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