Cigar Review: Ohana Pulse (Habano)

Cigar Review: Ohana Pulse (Habano)

Ohana Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6″ X 50
Strength: medium-full to full
Price: $9.50

Overall Rating: 8.7

“Ohana means family,” according to Lilo from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, and as Brothers and Sister of The Leaf, we cigar enthusiasts are one big family. That is the idea behind Ryan and Frank Rodriguez’s boutique Ohana Cigars. It’s a simple thought and a simple name, that I can’t believe no one had thought of before. It is an idea I am totally on board with, so I was quite happy at getting to meet Ryan at the IPCPR in Las Vegas, where I was given the chance to try the Ohana Pulse.


Pre-Light: The Ohana Pulse has nice light brown to the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper which cause the gold, white and red band and secondary band to stand out well. There’s a good amount of toothiness and a few small veins to the slightly oily wrapper. With a pigtail cap and covered foot, the Ohana Pulse has an appealing look to it. The cigar’s band and secondary band tend to look and feel like they were designed and made with frugality in mind, and although this doesn’t effect the cigar itself, it does make mean it is less likely to jump out when sitting on store shelves.


Natural tobacco is the primary scent from the wrapper of the Ohana Pulse, with a slight note of cocoa also present. Because the foot of the cigar is covered it has the same aroma as the cigar’s Ecuadorian wrapper. The gold draw allows through a good amount of air, carrying flavors of sweet tobacco, generic wood and a mild grassiness.


Burn: A perfect draw makes for a massive amount of smoke to flow through the cigar. There is a beautiful white ash that holds nicely to the foot of the Pulse. For the most part, the cigar burns evenly during the first half, but does get a bit way in the second half, although it needs no correction from a lighter.


Flavor: The Ohana Pulse begins with sweet wood and cinnamon flavors. Hints of pepper and mild cocoa quickly join the existing flavors. The first third of the Ohana Pulse combines sweet cedar, leather, cinnamon, mild cocoa and subtle pepper flavors. There is a slight grassiness that is present for time to time during the first third of the cigar. On the retrohale, pepper mixes with sweet cedar. During the transition to the second third of the Ohana Pulse, the cocoa flavor becomes a bit more prominent. Cocoa, cinnamon, cedar and mild pepper all occur during the second third of the cigar. The pepper notes increase during the transition to the final third of the cigar. Cocoa, earth, pepper and cedar all occur during the final third of the Ohana Pulse. In the final inch or so of the cigar, pepper, earth and cocoa dominate the flavor profile.


Overall: I’m a big fan of smaller boutique cigar companies, especially in the wake of all that is going on in the cigar industry with the FDA regulations, so I was interested when I started hearing good things about the Ohana cigar brand. The Ohana Pulse is the first cigar I’ve tried from them, and on a whole the it is a pretty good medium-full to full bodied cigar. While there wasn’t a lot of complexity to the Ohana Pulse, there is a pleasant mix of cocoa, cedar, earth and pepper notes throughout the cigar. Personally, I will definitely pick some up and smoke them from time to time, but it will likely not have a regular spot in my already overcrowded humidors. I’d definitely recommend that the medium to full bodied cigar enthusiast pick some up if you see them.


Pairing: The Ohana Pulse is one of those cigars that will pair well with just about anything. I personally enjoy a dram of the Tobermory 10 with this cigar.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210

Cigars for this review were provided by Ohana Cigars before August 8, 2016. No request for review was made. Although the generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not alter the way we rate the cigars themselves. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial high quality cigar and product reviews to our readers.