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Cigar Review: Leaf By Oscar Maduro

Cigar Review: Leaf By Oscar Maduro

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Leaf by Oscar are unique boutique cigars wrapped in a tobacco leaf to ensure maximum freshness and better aging (no cello wrapper here to interfere with the breathing). The cigars are blended by Oscar Valladares and distributed by Jim Robinson, aka Island Jim. The construction of these cigars is top notch and the presentation is one of a kind. You will be hard pressed to find anything else like this in the market. The cigar originally started as a house cigar for “Leaf and Bean” in Pennsylvania, in edition to the wrapper leaf, explained by Island Jim “The cigar labels are are made up from ground up tobacco converted into paper at a single moms paper factory located in Honduras, the single moms can go to work there” he also explained “They pay about .50 per sheet, from the sheet they get about 50 bands” Island Jim said they buy about 1500 sheets a week.

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The blends of the Leaf By Oscar are virtually identical consisting of Honduran filler and binder, the only difference being the wrapper. The only exception in blend is the Habano by Oscar.

  • Corojo: Honduran Corojo Puro
  • Connecticut: Honduran Connecticut Puro 
  • Sumatra: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Maduro: Nicaraguan Jalapa 
  • Habano by Oscar: Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Honduran binder, and a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.



  • APPEARANCE 

Remember the story of the ugly duckling? If memory serves the duckling grew up and became a beautiful swan! The same thing applies when looking at the Leaf by Oscar, only the transition takes seconds after unraveling the outer leaf. Looking like a tamale wrapped in a corn husk, the cigar is nestled around a large wrapper leaf that’s easily accessible once the outer band is removed. Inside is a glistening dark chocolate brown maduro wrapper oozing with natural oil. The cigar has very minimal if any visible seams, tooth and vein. Switching out the cello for a wrapper leaf produced a shiny sheen on the vitola. One band sits on the cigar brown in color looking like cardboard, which is actually ground down tobacco converted into paper. The only words written on the band read “LEAF BY OSCAR” in black font. The cigar has an open foot and rounded cap. Pre-light aroma smelled of chocolate, warm baked cookies and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of natural tobacco and notes of light chocolate.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of rich dark chocolate, roasted almonds and coffee are quite prominent. Oily black pepper with charred cedar are producing a spicy element to the cigar. The retro is producing light white pepper evolving into flavors of warm chocolate.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Black pepper is still present at medium levels. Dark roast coffee, creamy leather and bitter dark chocolate are giving the leaf by Oscar a long and balanced sweet and spicy finish. The retro is producing a light dusting of white pepper evolving into flavors of warm chocolate similar to baked brownies.

  • FINAL THIRD

Heading into the final third the core flavors of chocolate and coffee are right up front with black pepper decreasing to minimal levels. Background flavors of charred cedar, nougat and creamy leather are balancing in perfectly. The retro is producing white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of warm chocolate and cocoa.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH 

Construction of the Leaf by Oscar Maduro was absolutely perfect! I’ve smoked many examples of this cigar dating back to last year and every one of them construction wise performed identical, straight and even ash holding long and tight. The V-cut produced the perfect amount of resistance resulting in copious amounts of thick creamy white smoke. The strength of the Leaf by Oscar was in the straight MEDIUM BODIED range but absolutely FULL on flavors. The retro on the cigar is a must to experience the full range of complex and balanced flavors, most notable was the chocolate, pepper and cream combination that can only be described as smoking a piece of chocolate cake.

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper
  • Cocoa
  • Creamy Leather
  • Roasted Almonds
  • Brownies 
  • Cedar
  • White Pepper On The Retro Evolving into Warm Chocolate

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Cigars for review purchased from: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras

Produced in: Honduras (Oscar Valladares)

News Source: Cigar Coop


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