Its taken a little while for the Ortega Serie D to make it to AZ, but it finally has and I am pleased to say I have been able to try it. The Serie D for those who don’t know is the inaugural effort of Eddie Ortega for his new Ortega line. Eddie parted ways earlier this year with his former EO company to start down a new path. His vision for the company and new line was to create a solid core line that would be around year after year, instead of going for the popular micro batch programs that have been all the rave as of late. After smoking a few of the Serie D I tend to think he has hit the mark in creating an affordable line that has a solid profile at a reasonable price.
The Serie D really is a straight forward smoke in whatever format you smoke it in, but for this review I’m going with my preferred size of the No. 8, which measures 5×50. Ortega chose to go with his familiar partners of the My Father team for production of his cigars and they were constructed in the high quality style that you come to expect from a My Father production stick. The maduro wrapper is mildly toothy with a pleasant oily sheen and an inspection of the foot reveals a light, sweet hay and barnyard note. Upon clipping the cap I performed a cold draw test and found that as firm as the cigar was, the draw was excellent with just the right amount of resistance.
Smoking the Ortega Serie D was a pretty straightforward experience. The Ortega starts off with notes of sweet wood, a hint of dark chocolate, and the signature My Father spice that comes in and out throughout the smoking experience.The only real variation to me was that the first quarter exhibited a note that bordered on sweet wood and vegetal characteristics. To be honest its hard to classify it, but it was definitely present in multiple cigars from the line. As stated earlier, the beginning, middle, and end of the Serie D tends to be a journey of sweeter wood notes and some intermittent spice notes. The construction and burn on this cigar were excellent and definitely reminiscent of other My Father production cigars like Tatuaje’s La Riqueza and ’12 Cojonu’s.
From start to finish I really enjoyed the Ortega Serie D, especially when you factor in the price. For a sub eight dollar stick in the Arizona market it was an excellent example of craftsmanship and taste. Ortega has a winner on his hands with the Serie D and is producing some great cigars at a great price. With a medium body, this cigar could please most audiences and would be an excellent everyday smoke for those who like a lot of rich wood flavor and some spice. So if you haven’t had one yet, do yourself a favor and track one down or heckle your local B&M to bring them in. You won’t regret it! The Ortega Serie D is definitely money well spent.
Size: Robusto (5×50)
Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro
MSRP: $5.99-7.xx in the AZ Market