Cigar Review: Altar Q by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

Altar Q by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

 

 

 

Oscar Valladares Tobacco, is located in Danli, Honduras. It started operating on 2012, the Factory was founded by Oscar Valladares, Hector Valladares and Bayron Duarte, with experience in the tobacco industry.

Oscar worked for more than 9 years with Rocky Patel and Bayron worked for more than 20 years for General Cigars and Oliva.

The Altar Q made its debut at the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas NV. It’s a cigar that pays homage to the Altar Q monument, one of the most historic monuments from the Copán region of Honduras.

The Altar Q was a monument spearheaded by Mayan King Yax Pac in the year 776 AD.

Yax Pac wanted to demonstrate his divine right to the throne as well as document the lineage of his predecessors.

The Altar Q was made as a square block that depicts 16 of the King’s predecessors from 426 AD to 764 AD, with four of the kings featured on each side. It depicts the first king talking to the last.

 

 

Altar Q on display at the Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. Booth, 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV. Photo Credit: Cigar Smoke

 

 

 

We spoke with Oscar Valladares about the blend of the cigar, he told Cigar Smoke “The Altar Q is a very unique cigar with a lot of flavor and spicy notes in it, very creamy too.

It’s a well balanced medium – full cigar with Ecuadorian sumatra wrapper, binder and fillers from the fertile Copán region of Honduras.”

 

 

Available Size:

  • 6 x 50 Toro
  • Box Count: 16 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE 
 
The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is silky light brown leather in color. At 6 x 52 it’s rolled in the Toro format showing seam with very minor tooth and notable vein, it has a wide open foot with a rounded pig tail triple cap.
 
Two bands sit on the cigar, the smaller primary label has the words “Altar Q” and “by Oscar Valladares” below in black ink print. The larger band covers more than half the cigar and adds to the ancient motif with an image of the Mayan king or one of his ancestors holding a cup or chalice.
 
The bottom reads “K’ak’ Yipyaj Chan K’awiil” with the #15 representing the 15th predecessor. If I butchered the name I apologize it’s difficult to make out.
 
Both bands are identical in color with recycled brown burlap type paper with black ink. The packaging gets a 10/10 as the box looks like a sacrificial Altar complete with Mayan glyphs, the only virgin getting sacrificed today is the unlit un-smoked ALTAR Q cigar itself.
 
Pre-light aroma had notes of light cocoa, dry oatmeal and cardboard undoubtedly from the larger secondary band. The cold draw produced flavors of plain tea, leather and nougat.
 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

A creamy aroma of cedar off the toasted foot. I did not get the usual char taste at first ignition, instead mellow flavors of cocoa bean, coffee and almonds right off the bat.

Background flavors of leather and oily walnuts with a smoky oak similar to a peaty scotch.

The spicy element is coming from a light black table pepper dusting in combo with a distinct mild leather bite. Retro for days is producing mild clean white pepper through the nose with a long finish of cocoa.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half core flavors of cocoa, coffee with mocha and oily walnuts are distinct and on point.

Background nuances of leather and roasted nuts are balanced with a mild black table pepper dusting producing the perfect combination of flavor and strength.

A slight increase in strength on the retro producing clean white pepper with evolving nuances of chocolate.

 

 

 
 
  • FINAL THIRD

 

The final third the Altar Q has been engaging, impressive and consistent with core flavors of cocoa, coffee, oily walnuts with nuances of creamy leather.

Background flavors of black table pepper has tapered off leaving the spicy element of a distinct mild leather bite keeping the Altar Q at a straight MED PLUS wheelhouse.

The retro is consistent with clean white pepper evolving into an extra long finish of chocolate.

 

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: The Altar Q has a solid consistent construction. The silky Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper showed zero palpable soft spots producing zero cracks or inconsistencies while smoking.

 

• BURN: The burn line fissured on one example, however self correcting at the half way point. A consistent smolder of all three components produced a thick black carbon line on all three examples.

 

• ASH: The ash was dark grey and held past the inch point. A few times the tip created a pyramid type look but flattened out in the final duration.

 

• CUT: Straight cut all three examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: The draw was wide open producing thick plumes of creamy white aroma filled smoke.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero

 

• FIRE: Cedar matches.

 

• STRENGTH: The Altar Q was in the straight MED PLUS wheelhouse with the perfect amount of strength and flavor for a long complex and balanced finish.

 

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The Altar Q had some straight forward identifiable flavors. Right out of the gate full of cocoa and coffee with a transitioning pepper leather spice keeping the cigar at the MED to MED PLUS wheelhouse with an amazing balance of mild strength and flavor.

The packaging was absolutely KILLER 10/10, paying homage to royalty and a civilization more mysterious than the Mayan calendar itself.

The box is suitable for mantle display. Three Altar Q’s were sacrificed in the name of review with a balanced complexity of flavors and strength fit for a king.

 
 
 


Cigar reviewed: Altar Q from Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

 
Cigars for review: Purchased (5 Pack) 1 IPCPR sample
 
Cigars smoked for review: 3
 
Cigar Smoke Rate: 93
 
Size: 6 x 52 Toro
 
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
 
Binder: Copán, Honduras
 
Filler: Copán, Honduras
 
Box count: 16
 
Country of Origin: Honduras
 
News source: Altar Q Press Release, Cigar Coop, Wikipedia
 
Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
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