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San Lotano Oval Maduro, Toro

San Lotano, Oval Maduro

Toro, 6 x 54
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro

REVIEW INFORMATION

Review date 10/17/2012
Reviewer Doc (StogieFresh.info)
88.6
Overall 88.6
Review # 0896
Cigar age 0 yr. 4.2 mo.

REVIEW NOTES

BACKGROUND: The San Lotano Oval Maduro represents the fifth blend released under A.J. Fernandez Cigars' San Lotano brand. San Lotano made its debut in 2010 with three lines: the Connnecticut, the Habano, and the Maduro. A year later, a new blend called the San Lotano Oval was released.

San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

The Oval was a not a revolutionary concept, but it nevertheless was successfully marketed and, because of its killer blend, won over many followers. Because of the popularity of the original Oval, AJ Fernandez Cigars' announced there would be maduro version of the Oval.

Handmade at A.J. Fernandez's factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the San Lotano Oval Maduro is a uniquely shaped stogie, which is a cross between a box-pressed and rounded or oval-shaped cigar. Marketing Director, Clay Roberts has indicated that the company used specially made cigar molds to construct the Oval cigars.

The blend in the Oval Maduro is somewhat different than the original Oval. The Oval Maduro includes Dominican tobacco in the filler and in place of the Nicaraguan Habano 2000 wrapper, AJ Fernandez used an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro that has been aged for 4 years.

The San Lotano Oval Maduro comes in boxes of 20 and is priced between $9 and $12 per stick with six vitolas currently shipping. 

San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

TASTING NOTES: The Oval Maduro starts off with a lot of spice with black pepper and some espresso undertones. On the other hand there is an undertone of earthy sweetness, which was very much like the San Lotano Maduro. There were also notes of baker's cocoa and a woody finish. There was a slight hoppy bite on the finish that reminded me of a cup of espresso.

The retrohale brought out the coffee flavors and a touch of black pepper spice. As always, the Oval was a great performing smoke. The draw was near perfect and the ash held on for me to drop off in 1-inch chunks.

San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper is not the sweetest representative of a maduro, but the Oval Maduro is meant to have more horsepower and kick. Don't get me wrong, this is not a strong cigar. I rate it at medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor. But the blend of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan filler makes a distinct impression on the palate.

The extra age has resulted in a predominantly smooth smoke and an easily approachable one. The San Lotano Oval Maduro is a nice smoke and one that I could recommend to a wide range of cigar smokers. It doesn't have the classic sweetness found in some maduros, but, with some time in the humidor, it is a pleasing smoke that could be had at any time of day.

This is a maduro that you will need to try for yourself to see how it matches with your taste preference. For me, it is another fine smoke and much preferred over the original San Lotano Maduro.

~Doc

STORAGE NOTES

These cigars are being stored in a cello bundle inside my repurposed wine cooler cabinet humidor. This cabinet is located in a central portion of my home, which makes the temperatures stable. The humidity is provided by an Oasis active humidifier. This is the first of two podcast reviews and these cigars have been resting peacefully for 4 months and 11 days.

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