Ortega Wild Bunch Island Jim

The second review in a series of Ortega Wild Bunch reviews, but as I said in the previous review, I don’t have all of them so it won’t be a full series of reviews. Island Jim is number 3 out of 12, I’m not smoking them in any particular order. I bought this cigar at one of the Smoke Inn shops in South Florida. This cigar, 6 ½ inch 52 ring, is made by My Father cigars with a rosado wrapper from Ecuador and Nicaraguan fillers and binder.
The wrapper is silky, beautifully colored with a dark chocolate color with a mild reddish glow. I see a few veins. The aroma is quite strong and has a smell that reminds me of horses. The construction feels good and the predraw proves it. The taste is quite peppery.
Right from the start it’s wood with pepper, and the kind of pepper where Don Pepin Garcia got his fame from, bold and strong. The pepper mellows out, the wood is the dominant flavor but the aftertaste is still peppery. After a centimeter I taste a very mild metallic flavor which grows in strength. It disappears after another centimeter, than its just mild wood and a mild pepper in the aftertaste.
Halfway the cigar gets a little bit boring, which is uncommon for a My Father made cigar. It’s the same mild wood with mild pepper although the pepper slowly gains some strength but just a little bit. Near the end the pepper grows back to the original strength.
The draw is wonderful and I get a nice amount of medium thick white smoke. The ash is white and firm, but the burn is slightly off. The cigar is medium full bodied and medium flavored. Halfway the burn corrects itself. The cigar lasted me two hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? That’s not possible, but if I could, I still wouldn’t. It’s a nice smoke but there is better.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part: 7

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Ortega Wild Bunch 2013 Crazy Jack

Now, not being from America nor living there and with Ortega not being distributed outside of the USA, I don’t know much about this series. I found a few during one of my trips to Florida, but not all of them so there won’t be a full series of reviews, but the ones I do have I will review. And being obnoxious as I am, I’ll start with the last one from the series, number 12 of 12, first.
This cigar is big, 7×58, made from only Nicaraguan tobacco. The dark wrapper feels silky, the cigar itself feels well constructed. The smell is pungent, a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine, I taste pepper and raisin.
I taste coffee and a funny mild black licorice flavor right at the start. The licorice disappears almost right away, I’m stuck with some spicy wood flavors. The flavors aren’t really strong or bold, like you would expect from the looks of it. After 4 centimeter  I still taste the wood but a little pepper shows up too.
After a third it’s wood again without the pepper, only in the aftertaste I can still taste it. Classic big ring gauge, no dynamics at all. The pepper slowly returns. Halfway the cigar gains some strength, both in body and flavor. Pepper slowly gets stronger. After two thirds pepper is the main flavor but the cigar is far from a pepper bomb but it’s slowly turning into one.
The draw is fine and the ash is a nice light gray ash. After a centimeter the burn looked to go crooked but I was able to correct it without relighting. The ash isn’t really firm. The smoke is thin. This cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied. This monster of a cigar lasted me three hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Ring 58 is too much for me, so no and I expected much more flavor.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 6
Aroma third part: 7

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