With a new year upon us it’s that time of year to start paying close attention to some of the burgeoning boutique cigar companies that are set to make a run at success in 2012. It’s always exciting to see a young company with a great product strive towards success with perseverance and tenacity. One relatively young company that perfectly embodies that spirit is Oja Cigars. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to try new things this year and you’ve been slacking in that department, then here’s a new stick that pleases the palate, but won’t break the bank.
Although Oja is a David in a country full of Goliaths, they have a real sense of what differentiates a good cigar from a great cigar, not to mention Luis Garcia, owner of Oja, has made a personal commitment to use only the best materials and processes he can employ when producing each cigar. Oja uses Nicaraguan long filler grown from Cuban-seed tobacco in Estelí, Nicaragua. They hand select each leaf in order to maintain perfect aesthetics and flavor for each of their three lines, the Connecticut, the Meztizo and the Oscuro. Oja’s cigars are then aged for three and a half years before their sent out to retail shelves and each of the three wrappers are available in three vitolas.
As I’m always a sucker for a solid medium to full bodied smoke I naturally gravitated towards the absolutely beautiful Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. The foot of the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma which disappears the moment fire meets the wrapper. The flavor of the vitola is smooth and complex with hints of coffee and nutmeg throughout. The Oscuro has a relatively mild spice considering its appearance which results in a full flavor smoke without getting blown out by the second half of the stick. The draw is moderate requiring only a slight effort and the smoke is rich, full and long. Construction wise the vitola is well made and requires little to no correction. All this in a package for around $6.00 makes this cigar a no-brainer.
All in all, Oja Cigars is definitely a boutique to keep an eye on over the next few months. With quality products, an aggressive price point and an insistent hunger found only in an underdog, Oja is well on its way towards long-lasting success. Now as long as they can fulfill their orders and keep the quality control a top-priority then there is no doubt in my mind that Oja is on deck to become a real fan favorite in 2012. So stop putting off your New Year’s resolution, be adventurous and try something new in 2012, you won’t be dissapointed!!!
Size: Destacado 6 x 52, Distinguido 6 x 54, Anniversary 6 x 60
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder/ Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full