Ortega Cigars Serie D Natural No. 8

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Ortega Cigars Serie D Natural No. 8

It was only a few short months ago that Eddie Ortega brought his well-received Ortega Serie D Maduro to market, and it’s clear he has no plans to rest on his laurels. In a matter of weeks cigar shops around the country will be receiving the first shipments of the new Serie D Natural, well in advance of the upcoming IPCPR trade show. (If he keeps up this pace, I’m going to have to start calling him Pepin.) And as luck would have it I was able to acquire enough pre-release samples for a review.

There’s not a lot of new ground to cover with the release of the Serie D Natural, so we’ll keep this short and get right into the review. It features the same filler and binder as the Maduro (tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa), as well as the same box-pressed format, but distinguishes itself with an Ecuadoran Habano Rosado wrapper. When they touch down, the Serie D Natural will be available in 10-count and 20-count boxes in 6 vitolas, #6 (4 1/2 x 48), #7 (5 x 46), #8 (5 1/2 x 50), #12 (5 x 52), #10 (6 x 52) and #20 (6 x 60).

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that Ortega Cigars advertises with us. But since I enjoy giving him a hard time, I figure that evens things out a bit. I’ll let you be the judge. On we go.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano Rosado
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Beverage: Water
Source: Samples provided by Buckhead Cigar
Price: MSRP $6.90

The Pre-Smoke
I always appreciate it when a manufacturer helps the consumer out by clearly distinguishing between natural and maduro cigar lines. Because sometimes looking at the wrapper just isn’t enough. In the case of the Serie D Natural, the relative lightness of the Ecuadoran Habano Rosado would be enough to tell it apart from the Maduro, but Eddie made identification idiot proof by replacing the band’s green background with a gold one. And then there’s the “SER D NO. 8 NAT” printed on the band. Line AND size, no mysteries here.

While the Serie D Natural looks sharp from a distance, it has a distinctly rustic appearance on closer inspection. The veins are fine, but wrapper has its share darker markings, with some spots that look wrinkled by the press. Generally the cigars were sound, though I found a small hole and a crack just above the band on one stick.

The cigars were firmer than many box-pressed sticks I’ve smoked, and felt consistent. It had a hay and barnyard aroma, with a touch of aromatic sweetness, and a nutty molasses cold taste.

The Burn
The burn was generally very good, especially considering the cigars I smoked for this review were pre-release samples that spent a lot of time in transit, and very little time recovering from it. As always, I picked the cigar for the tower of burn at random, and it this case, it was the least behaved of the bunch, in terms of unevenness, touch-ups and loose ash. However, the always critical draw was right on across the board. Aside from a little unevenness at times, the others burned flawlessly.

The Flavor
The Serie D Natural had a creamy, somewhat aromatic beginning with a touch of cedar, but didn’t hold back on the pronounced, dense almond flavor that would hold a major role throughout the smoke. Early on there was also a rich chocolate that accompanied it, but that lessened as the cigar made a transition into a more syrupy, amaretto-ish almond and light creamy cedar.

Around the beginning of the second third there were a few puffs of distinct sweet amaretto that were absolutely marvelous. (No, I’ve never tasted amaretto in a cigar before either.) Almond with a light cedar influence continued, supported by creamy coffee and touches of chocolate. The amaretto returned a few times before the beginning of the final third.

As the Serie D Natural neared it’s conclusion, the profile became a little savory. The rich almond continued in its starting role, but the cedar that accompanied it for much of the journey became a little more prominent. Chocolate and creamy coffee lingered into the finish and beyond.

The Price
The price is great, and will undoubtedly contribute the cigar’s popularity.

The Verdict
I’m on the fence. Not as to whether or not I love the cigar (I do), but whether or not I like the Serie D Natural more than its Maduro predecessor. I think I might, but it’s a tough call, so I’m not going to commit to that until I smoke more of them after they’re released. And I definitely will. One thing I will commit to is buying a box as soon as they become available. It’s a no-brainer. The Serie D Natural is delicious, well-made and reasonably priced. The only real decision to make is 10-count or 20. I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

Liked It: Beautiful. Box-worthy.
Buy It Again: Absolutely
Recommend It: Absolutely

Tower of Burn
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13 thoughts on “Ortega Cigars Serie D Natural No. 8

  1. Can’t wait to try this. I really enjoy the Ortega cigars. Excellent flavor and burn. Very good review. Thank you.

  2. Can’t wait for this one! Love the maduro. I like the fact that Eddie’s cigars are so well balanced. Thanks for the review

  3. Nice review! I haven’t even tried the Maduro yet, lol. But this one actually sounds better to me anyway. Can’t wait to try them (both).

  4. Great review Bacon Boy. I had bad luck with the Maduro version but I’m dertermined to give it another shot.

  5. Huge fan of these smokes, I’ve tried them all but the #7 is my favorite. Need to pick up more soon.

  6. “Stogie Review is the best and cigar coop is a distant second.” Ortega Serie D in Natural Rosado? Gotta have it! I need it! Where can I get it?

  7. I was able to smoke one of the natura pre releases and really enjoyed it. Love the series d maduro. Definitely looking forward to smoking more of the naturals.

  8. Smoking one of these now, and while complex, it is
    certainly on the dry side and medium/full body with a lot of black
    pepper on the retro hale. It did have a slickness and creamy feel
    to the smoke as it past the first third. While enjoyable and well
    constructed, I didn’t find that the flavor profile was so unique
    and at times seemed a bit unbalanced to my palette. Would pair well
    with some zacapa to bring out more sweetness. I will say the
    construction was excellent as the draw was open and free, produced
    nice plumes of smoke, and for me, the ash held firmly to the
    midpoint. It reminded me a lot of the DPG Cuban classic in terms of
    flavor profile and body. Cheers.

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