Wrapper: Habano 2000 Wrapper (4+ years)
Filler: Nicaragua / Honduras
Size: Corona 5×44
The San Lotano Oval is exactly that OVAL. It has dark brown rustic looking wrapper with the green and gold band complimenting it very well. The smell off the wrapper is of a sweet barnyard aroma and the cold draw tastes of rich wood. The shape of the cigar fits well in the hand and has a nice draw to it. I received a five pack of these from Mike over at Buckhead Cigars so if anyone is looking for them feel free to contact him.
The first few drags off the Oval I am met with a slight pepper along with the same rich wood flavor I was getting off the cold draw. It’s not long until a sweet chocolate flavor is creeping up on me and goes very well with the wood flavor.
The burn has been great on every one of these I have smoked and this one is no different. The ash can is a little flakey at times but that never bothers me because to me it’s all about the flavor. Here in the second third the pepper has died down and has been replaced with a slight coffee flavor to go with the chocolate. The wood flavor is still around but has faded to the background with the coffee and chocolate taking the main stage.
The burn stayed cool all the way down to the end. The band came off with no problems and the paper quality is very high. The flavors here in the last few inches stayed the same but blended very well together with a few earthy notes popping in here and there.
I had high hopes for this cigar given that I really enjoyed the maduro and habano blends from San Lotano and the Oval has met all my expectations. The flavors were well blended and I had no construction issues with any of the ones I smoked for this review. If you haven’t had a chance to smoke one these you need to get your ass to it.
Keep em burnin’