Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Origin: Dominican Republic
MSRP: Aprox. $5.99 per single
The ORTSAC cigar is one that is relatively new to the market. It features a storyline that follows an actual military operation from the Cuban missile crisis days. To add to the storyline, cigars are available packaged in cedar sleeves of 72, encased in an authentic 50 caliber ammunition box.
The lineup has expanded from its single size offering of a Toro (54 x 6.50) and now includes a Torpedo and Robusto. These sticks feature a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Dominican binder, and filler blend from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Before lighting up my Ortsac 1962, I gave it a once over to check for any obvious imperfections within the cigar. The only issue that I had was a small tear near the foot due to a little excess glue from the foot band. Aside from that, the color was consistent from head to foot. The wrapper had a slight oily sheen and medium sized veins that added a slight lumpiness to the texture of the cigar. When pinched, I found the cigar to be firmly packed with tobacco. I was able to find a single soft section at the foot. After removing the band, the foot had a mushy and soft feel to it.
After the visual inspection was complete, I reached for my guillotine cutter and opened up the head of my cigar. The resistance on the cold draw was decent with very little flavor. The aroma on both the exposed foot and wrapper reminded me of a mild barnyard like aroma.
After a short lighting session, my Ortsac 1962 was burning evenly and producing a satisfactory amount of smoke. For a cigar that is advertised as “full-strength”, the body is surprisingly mild and remains that way throughout the entire first third. The finish is easy on the palate and feels neutral in that it does not leave a creamy or dry sensation on the palate after the smoke is expelled.
The flavors of the first third came across as very subdued. The core flavor seemed to be a mixture of natural tobacco and wood. The intensity of this flavor mixture was medium at best and remained on the palate for several seconds before fading. Once faded, I tasted a slight leather flavor that seemed to linger for the same amount of time before fading.
The burn line was thin and slightly wavy while producing a tightly formed, light colored ash. The burn rate seemed a little slower than average while producing a light volume of resting smoke. The draw was satisfactory but produced less smoke density than I prefer, which also made passing the smoke through the sinuses a little tougher.
After an hour of smoking, I reached the second third of my Ortsac 1962. The body changed slightly throughout this segment of the cigar but remained much milder than I would have anticipated from reading the cigar documentation. At this point it was along the lines of mild to medium. The finish was becoming slightly creamy but the deviation from the first third was minor.
The flavors picked up a little steam and became more dense and enjoyable along the second third. The tastes did not vary and remained that of natural tobacco and wood with a leathery secondary flavor. If the flavor level of the first third was mild, the second third would probably be best described as medium.
As the cigar grew shorter, the smoke volume with each puff seemed to increase. With this added volume, I found that the smoke was much easier to pass through my sinuses. The ash remained light in color while being firmly compacted and strong.
After about two and a half hours, it was about time to start thinking about putting down my Ortsac for good. At this point in the cigar, the body progressed a little more and plateaued in the medium range. The finish became slightly more creamy as well.
The flavors remained very consistent and did not vary in terms of specific tastes. I was still getting a core of natural tobacco and wood with a secondary flavor of leather. The only new flavor was an occasional salty sensation that came and went every so often. The richness and strength of these flavors picked up considerably in the final third.
With about an inch and a half remaining, the flavors began turning harsh. I think that this may be a result in the cigar getting slightly warm due to its short length. Aside from the harsh flavors, the cigar was smoking well in terms of burning characteristics.
When it came time to set this cigar down to rest, I was ready. The slow burn rate paired with the easy going flavor profile and mild body made for cigar that was not up my alley. The final third was enjoyable due to its increased richness and depth of flavor, but it was too little too late.
If you are one of those smokers that loves a cigar that is consistent from front to back, with a medium body and medium flavor level, this cigar is the one for you.