Leaf by Oscar Connecticut

Leaf by Oscar Connecticut

 Leaf by Oscar Connecticut side by side

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran

Size: 6×60

Price: $10.40

Acquired: Purchased at The Smokey Cigar-Hendersonville, TN

 

The Leaf by Oscar cigar line is a collaboration between Island Jim, owner of the Leaf and Bean in Pittsburgh and cigar maker Oscar Valladares.  Story has it that while in central America before leaving the factory Jim decided to take a cigar with him for the road.  Not having anything to put it in, he wrapped it in a tobacco leaf.

Looks: This is one of the coolest packaging designs that I have ever seen. Instead of using a cellophane wrapper to protect the cigar, they wrap the finished cigar in a tobacco leaf and roll the ends. It almost felt like I was opening up a present on Christmas morning. The anticipation to see what the cigar looks like inside builds as you remove the outer band/label and begin to unravel the ends of the tobacco leaf. Once removed, you discover a beautiful cigar complete with band.

The cigar has a very light colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf with a slight sheen to it. The wrapper of this cigar did show a lot of small. The cigar is finished off at the top with a triple cap. The band of the cigar is brown in color with black trim and lettering. The band reads, “LEAF by Oscar.”

On to the meat and potatoes of the review:

Flavor: After first lighting the Leaf by Oscar Connecticut I noticed some light wood notes along with a pleasant nuttiness, there were also some very faint hints of leather detected. These flavors were predominant throughout the first quarter of the cigar and were joined around the quarter mark by a slight saltiness that was detected on the sides of the tongue.

At the half I really started to notice the flavors picking up. The light wood notes from earlier started to transform into strong wood notes. The nuttiness increased in strength as well and in my opinion became the dominant flavor in this stick.

At the three quarter mark the cigar has remained consistent with strong wood and nut flavors and has also picked up a pepper note.

The cigar finishes strong in flavor with the wood, nut, and pepper flavors. The pepper flavor has increased, but has not been a dominant flavor, keeping this stick very mild but full of flavor.

Strength: Mild

Burn: Upon first lighting the Leaf by Oscar I noticed that the draw was a little loose. I attributed some of this to it being a 60 ring gauge cigar and it had a lot of filler leaf. The loose draw basically fixed itself by the time I was about ten minutes into the cigar. The cigar burned even throughout creating plumes of white smoke.

Buy it again? You bet. I think the packaging and marketing around this cigar is awesome and I cannot believe that no one had thought of it sooner. The flavor profile of the Connecticut stick is great with full flavor but yet a mild strength making this a great first stick of the day for me.

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