Posts Tagged With: Island Jim

Ortega Wild Bunch Island Jim Wahoo

Eddie Ortega is a cigar industry veteran and in his years in the industry he met a lot of characters so in 2012 he came up with this idea of a limited edition each month for 2013, all named after one of the characters he met along his journey through the tobacco industry and he named them the Dirty Dozen. Then Drew Estate amicably asked him to change the name just as they did with Alec Bradley’s dirty hooligan because of their Dirty Rat cigar and just like Alan Rubin before Ortega decided to change the name into the Wild Bunch, but the idea stayed the same.

Now these were all micro releases and by the time I visited the USA a lot of them were sold out so I won’t be reviewing the whole series, just the ones that I was able to get my hands on and still have in my possession. I miss a few, namely Crazy Jack, Honest Abe, Tony the Boss, Warrior Joe and Big Bad John although I reviewed the Crazy Jack before in my old rating system. I will post the 7 other reviews in line, one each day, for the next week.

Island Jim Wahoo

The march release of the wild bunch is a tribute to Island Jim Robinson, a shop owner in Pittsburgh. The cigar is a 6 1/2×52 toro that is made at My Father Cigars with Nicaraguan filler and binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper has a nice coffee color with some darker smudges and flattened veins, it’s quite oily. The construction gives a little and the cap is placed perfectly. The ring is in the same style as the Iron Mike one, so red with a blue cartoon, this time of Island Jim and a banner with the name. For the banner color Cigart picked a light yellow. The cigar has a strong aroma of hay and ammonia.

I punched the cigar. The cold draw is great, I taste sultanas. After lighting I taste a fresh coffee flavor.  After half an inch I taste a floral flavor. The floral flavor gets stronger with a little spice and citrus. After a third the cigar gets peppery with honey. Halfway I taste a muted cedar with lemon. The pepper fades away and after a third I taste cedar, wood, fennel and some anise.

The draw is great. The ash is almost white, dense and firm. The burn is good and the smoke is medium full. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored with a decent evolution. The smoke time is an hour and fifty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? That’s impossible.

Score: 89


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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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