Cigar Review: Ortega Heavy Duty 670

Cigar Review: Ortega Heavy Duty 670

Ortega Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & USA (Pennsylvania)
Size: 6″ x 70
Strength: full bodied
Price: $6.85 MSRP

Overall Rating: 8.1

Due to a bad economy and ever increasing regulation raising the price of cigars, there has been a consistent demand for reasonably priced cigars that last for a longer period of time. It is my belief that this is why there has been a trend towards large ring gauge cigars among a certain group of cigar enthusiasts. (As I’ve stated before, I personally rarely smoke anything bigger than a 58 ring size unless it is for a review.) The Ortega Heavy Duty is a large ring gauge cigar at an extremely reasonable price. It is a workhorse of a cigar. Long lasting, full flavored and just strong enough; the Heavy Duty 670 will please fans of larger cigars.

Pre-Light: The Heavy Duty features a simple black and gold band reminiscent of the Craftsman tools logo. Between the band and the cigar’s size it manages to give off the appearance of a working man’s cigar. An veiny oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a dark brown shade covers the Heavy Duty.

A strong leather aroma is noticable on the wrapper of the Heavy Duty. Off the unlit foot a fresh cut grass aroma really stands out with some citrus in the background. Since the cigar’s ring gauge is too big to fit most cutters I’d suggest investing in a Xikar MTK scissor cutter if you plan on smoking the Heavy Duty. The cold draw is extremely even and allows through flavors of grass and raisins.

Burn: The draw on the Ortega Heavy Duty is very easy, as I’d expect in a cigar this size. Although the burn is a bit jagged it doesn’t need any attention from a lighter. The Heavy Duty holds its ash very well.

Flavor: The Ortega Heavy Duty 670 begins with flavors or fresh cut grass and nuts. An inch into the cigar there is some mild herbal spice that mingles with grass, oak and nuts. The grassy flavor is quite pleasing. At the transition to the second third, the nuttiness really stands out. Earth, grass, oak, nuts and leather combine nicely in the second third of the Heavy Duty 670. A little bit of pepper picks up on the retrohale as the cigar enters its final third. In the final third some black coffee and pepper flavors take over while leather, nuts and earth flavors. The final inch of the cigar burns a bit hot and gets slightly bitter, but up until this point it is a very good cigar.

Overall: Unlike Willy, I tend to enjoy large ring gauge cigars, but I rarely have anything bigger than a 60 gauge. Since I enjoy many of Eddie Ortega’s cigars, I figured I might as well give the Heavy Duty a try. Although I found the ring gauge a bit uncomfortable to smoke, the cigar itself quite enjoyable. There is a nice grass, nuts and leather flavor profile to this full bodied cigar. It starts off in the medium bodied range, but the strength of the Ortega Heavy Duty can sneak up on you. Personally, I enjoyed this cigar a good deal more than I thought I would. Though it won’t be a regular in my humidor, I will probably try one or two more after a long afternoon of working in the yard. Those who enjoy large ring gauge cigars will want to give the Ortega Heavy Duty a try.

Pairing: A beer pairs extremely well with the Ortega Heavy Duty. My personal choice is for pairing are a Sam Adams Light or Newcastle.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)