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Short Cuts: Ortega Wild Bunch Cigars Island Jim

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Ortega Wild Bunch Cigars Island Jim

 

 

 

 

 

The Ortega Wild Bunch is born out of an idea Ortega had about the world of cigars. According to owner Eddie Ortega, “This is a project I’ve been meaning to do for a while and now just seemed the right time.

During my time in the cigar industry, I’ve come to know quite a few out of the ordinary characters, to say the least. This series is based on some of the more illustrated characters in the group.”

 

Island Jim 2013

The Ortega Wild Bunch series launched in January 2013 and consisted of 12 “characters” in total. One “character,” or cigar, was released each month with only 500 boxes of each cigar being produced.

Each new cigar in the release features its own unique blend and size, which matches the personality of the characters Ortega has come across in his time in the industry. The Ortega Wild Bunch cigars are made at the My Father Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

 

WILD BUNCH CHARACTERS

  • Island Jim
  • Wild Bill
  • Warrior Joe
  • Iron Mike
  • Big Bad John
  • Honest Abe
  • Dandy McCoy
  • Fast Eddie
  • Crazy Jack
  • Gearhead Gary
  • Da Byrdman
  • Tony The Boss

 

 

APPEARANCE

 

The Rosado wrapper has a slight red hue to it, almost seamless with notable vein and slight tooth. The vitola is rolled in the Toro format with a rounded cap and an open foot. The band is very colorful and has quite a lot going on, I’ll cover the main features. Red with gold trim and a portrait of “Island Jim Robinson” it reads “Premium Ortega Cigars” in white font on a red background.

Also in white reads “GRUPO SALVAJE” “THE WILD BUNCH” along with 3 of 12, designating the order of Island Jim in the group. Pre light aroma had notes of rich cedar, sweet tea and malt. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, wood and coffee grounds/tea leaves.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • No Char
  • Sweet Cedar
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Dried Fruit
  • Raw Cinnamon Spice
  • Salted Cashews
  • Black Pepper/Mild
  • White Pepper/Mild through the nose evolving into flavors of muted Chocolate

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Muted Chocolate
  • Salted Cashews/Sunflower Seeds
  • Coffee/Light
  • Leather Aftertaste
  • Malt/Hops
  • Cedar Char/Light
  • Black Pepper/Light
  • White Pepper/Mild on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel/Light

FINAL THIRD

  • Maple/Light
  • Salted Cashews
  • Chocolate/Milk
  • Leather
  • Cocoa/Cream
  • Brown Sugar/Char
  • Sunflower Seeds/Oily
  • Black Pepper/Medium Level
  • White Pepper/Medium/Full on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

  • Construction: Excellent
  • Burn: Razor Sharp Throughout
  • Ash: Compact/Tight/Whitish Grey/Black/Holding Inch plus
  • Cut: V Cut
  • Draw: Perfect Milkshake Type
  • Re Lights: Zero
  • Strength: Upper Medium

SUGGESTED PARING

 

CONCLUSION

 

Island Jim from Eddie Ortega’s “Wild Bunch” was an enjoyable cigar. Tasty, balanced and toasty it produced some straight forward flavors of coffee, pepper, chocolate and a myriad of mixed roasted nuts. 

It had a perfect draw with flawless construction. From humble beginnings, Jim Robinson is a well known character in the cigar world today. Looking like a parrot head from a Jimmy Buffet concert complete with yellow glasses, Hawaiian shirt and hat with and a recognizable Wahoo! Wahoo by the way was the original name of the Eddie Ortega Island Jim. 

In case you didn’t know it’s worth mentioning Island Jim has teamed up with Oscar Valadares of “Leaf by Oscar” offering yet another cigar that bares his name “Island Jim #2” that started as a house cigar for the popular “Leaf and Bean” owned by Island Jim Robinson.

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED ( 5 PACK )

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 2

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 91

SIZE: 6 1/2 x 52 Toro

WRAPPER: ECUADOR HABANO ROSADO

BINDER: NICARAGUA

FILLER: NICARAGUA

PRODUCED AT: MY FATHER CIGAR, ESTELI NICARAGUA

 

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