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Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Ciserón Edition Red

Oscar Valladares Ciserón Edition Red 

 

 

 

Widely recognized in the cigar industry Oscar Valladares has gained notoriety with popular releases such as Leaf by Oscar, Island Jim and the Altar Q.

His latest creation, Ciserón Limited Edition was showcased at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV with a production run of only 2500 boxes.

Each wooden box has an inlaid canvas print suitable for wall display. 

The artwork features Honduran artist Elmer Ciserón Bautista, who has been described as both Post-Cubist Surrealist and Post-Cubist Minimalist.

He’s shown his works in numerous countries since his debut in 1991, and has been awarded the Julio Visquerra Regional Painting Prize, as well as several other honors from the Honduran government.

While there is only one cigar, the boxes have been created with five different prints known as the Blue, Green/Blue, Green, Purple and Red.

 

 

Ciserón Edition packaging and custom humidors on display at the Oscar Valladares Tobacco booth, 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV.

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper is almond in color.

At 6 x 52 it’s rolled in the Toro format showing light seam, vein and smooth and tooth.

Well packed it has a wide open rounded foot and a rounded triple cap.

I’m not a fan of overly banded cigars but in the spirit of art it was very well done.

The larger band features brightly colored art of Elmer Ciserón Bautista.

Bright reds, yellows and blues pop!

The art reminds me of an infusion of Picasso with a depiction of the Easter Island statues smoking a giant stogie!

I’m no art critic but I’m giving the packaging and presentation 10-10.

With a slip of the sleeve you uncover a smaller band, glossy black in color with red accents it reads “OSCAR VALLADARES” in gold font with “CISERÓN EDITION” in red.

Next to the description is a red mark looking like the end of a lit cigar.

Pre-light aroma had notes of cherry wood, roasted malt and vanilla bean.

The cold draw produced flavors of cedar, leather and light chocolate.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of cedar and chocolate off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of lightly toasted bread and cherry grenadine.

The blend settles in quickly producing light cedar, creamy malt and nougat.

The background profile is predominantly leathery with nuances of dark chocolate.

The only identifiable spice thus far is cinnamon or all spice that’s light to mild.

The retro-hale is producing a continued light cinnamon spice through the nose with a finish of powdered cocoa.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half the Oscar Valladares Ciserón Edition remains linear in flavor with light cedar, creamy malt and nougat producing a finish of light chocolate.

The background profile remains leathery with a hint of maple char.

The light cinnamon spice that appeared at first light has completely diminished, the vitola thus far is LIGHT to MILD.

The retro-hale has decreased producing a quick whiff of MILD cinnamon with a caramel finish.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

The flavor profile has remained consistent and unchanged since first light with creamy malt, light cedar and nougat.

Leather remains in the background with nuances of sweet maple char.

In the final duration the vitola is void of any identifiable spice.

A slight increase on the retro-hale with MED cinnamon through the nose producing a consistent finish of caramel.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: There was no damage to the vitola upon removal of the large decorative band. The cigar was palpably soft in a few areas that posed no issues. Good construction on the vitola with no cracks or inconsistencies to report.

 

• BURN: The burn line was straight without jagged areas producing a visible circular carbon line.

 

• ASH: The light grey ash was thick and circular holding an inch-plus tapping off with ease.

 

• CUT: A large v-cut was used on all three examples smoked for review.

 

• DRAW: The draw was wide open producing an abundance of thick creamy white smoke.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Combustion was consistent during active smoking of all three components of wrapper, binder and filler. A few re-lights were required after inactive smoking periods that were longer than usual.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: LIGHT to MILD.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

The artwork on the Ciserón is quite stunning and even suitable for wall display.

Very MILD in strength the cigar didn’t even come close to my wheelhouse with very little to zero identifiable spice with a linear flavor profile.

The cigar would suit someone with an entry level palate, early morning coffee or someone looking for something on the lighter side of the strength spectrum.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Oscar Valladares Ciserón Edition Red

Cigars for review: Purchased (Box)

Cigars smoked for review: 8, 3 for standard review

Cigar Smoke Rate: 78

Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: 2,500 Boxes

Box Count: 20

Country of origin: Honduras 

Factory: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

 

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
Toar Campbell

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