Toro, 6 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
|Cigar age||0 yr. 4.2 mo.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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