Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” No. 9

Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” No. 9

Ortega Serie “D” No. 9

Size: Lancero (6 1/2″ x 38 )

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro

Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua

Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Viso & Ligero

Strength: Medium

Price: $8.25 msrp

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Grade: 9.4

Eddie Ortega made quite the splash last year when he and long time partner, Erik Espinosa, split EO Brands and Eddie launched Ortega Cigar Company.  Eddie’s first release was the Serie D Maduro.  Cloaked in a dark San Andres Mexican wrapper, the Serie D no. 8 was my #2 cigar of the year last year and is a staple in my smoking rotation.

Needless to say I was really excited to hear that the Serie D was going to see a line extension and be released as a Lancero.  Originally the Lancero’s were released as part of a swag pack to attendees of the DC tweet-up. however they should be heading to  your local retailers fairly soon.

I am a big fan of the Serie D and there’s very little I find more satisfying than a good Lancero, so when the DC tweet-up ended I reached out to Eddie and asked if I could get a few of his leftovers for review.  This usually goes against my practice of not asking for cigars, but I just couldn’t help myself this time.  So after a fair bit of weaseling, Eddie, being the gracious gentleman he is, was kind enough to send me a few Serie D Lancero’s for review.

Editors Note:  These cigars were provided, at my request, by Eddie Ortega.  Ortega Cigar Co. is a sponsor of, however sponsorship does not affect our reviews.

But enough about that let’s toast the foot?

Pre-Light:  (1.8) The Serie D No. 9 is features a dark Maduro wrapper with a bit of marbling, a few veins, and some noteworthy toothiness.  The Lancero is capped with a slight pig tail.  The No.9 is a little rough to the touch but feels well packed with no soft spots.

The scent off the foot is classic barnyard, the pre light draw brings out hay and a hint of sweet cocoa.

Burn: (1.9)   It is a widely held belief that Lancero’s are notorious for having burn and draw issues.  The Serie D No. 9 puts that belief to shame.  The draw was absolutely perfect with virtually no resistance.  The burn line was crisp throughout.  The Salt and pepper ash holds firm to the inch despite the Lancero’s small ring gauge.  The No. 9 smoked cool to the nub.  This was easily one of the best constructed Lancero’s I’ve ever smoked.

Flavor:  (2.8)  At first light I am greeted by a bit of spice that hits the roof of my mouth.  Quickly that spice settles down and reveals a warm earthy rich tobacco with tons of cocoa sweetness.  There is a bit of a bakers cocoa mixing in with the sweet cocoa.  The sweetness of the cocoa coming and going makes for a very enjoyable interplay.

Smoking through the second third and it’s like smoking a chocolate an espresso swizzle stick.  Sweet cocoa and a bold espresso note are at the forefront of the palate.  A gentler pepper remains on the back end of each exhale.  There is a really enjoyable blend of pepper and spice on the retrohale.   The smoke is full and rich with tons of flavor.

Much like the previous Vitolas of the Serie D Maduro, the final third is much the same as a dark cocoa and espresso with an assortment of gentle spices filling out the flavor profile.

Overall: (2.9)  Last year I wrote about how much I loved the Serie D No. 8, I didn’t think it would be possible to top that.  I have smoked every Vitola and the No.8 stood true, time and again.  Well, that was until the Serie D No.9.

The Serie D, while not the most complex smoke, is so full of deep, rich flavor that it keeps me wanting more.  There are a lot of Cigar makers using the Mexican San Andres wrapper, but I have yet to smoke one that compares to the smooth, rich, flavor the Serie D delivers.

Early odds say the Serie D will probably find its way into my end of year top 10 list again.  The Serie D No. 9 is absolutely box worthy and is one of my favorites so far this year.

Total: 9.4