Today I am going to be doing something different. I am going to be smoking two cigars, that are the same blend but in very different sizes. And I am going to be letting you know the differences in smoking experience, flavor wise and also construction wise. The cigar is the Flor de Oliva natural; it has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
Flor de Oliva Giants
The first cigar I am going to be smoking is the giant it is an 8 by 60 cigar pretty large. And the other cigar is the Lonsdale which is a 6.5 by 44. So with the Giant the wrapper is very modeled on the cigar so there is a lot of spotting and a couple of visible veins. There is a very earthy aroma at the foot of the cigar. A little bit of cocoa and also a little bit of wood.
There is a lot of cocoa and sweetness on the pre light draw.
There are actually a lot of sweet flavors on the first few puffs. Tiny little hint of pepper. But it is mostly sweetness and chocolate right now. I will be back in a few minutes to discuss what I think of this cigar.
So just under two hours later. I am finishing up the Flor de Olivia giant 8 by 60 cigar. And after the first few puffs of the cigar the sweet notes I had tasted faded away and basically I got a lot of earth and leather and a strong woodsy finish. After the first inch or so those flavors went away and I started to mostly peppery on the front of the pallet but it was weak peppery flavor not a very strong and the woodsy finish remained. But again that go a lot milder as well.
After about a third of the cigar had gone by I started getting some floral notes on the front of the palate. And the woodsy finish continued. Again the flavors were fairly mild. And about half way thru the cigar the floral notes got a little stronger. And still with a woodsy finish.
The final third of the cigar started off with a bit of a bitter flavor on the front of the palate and again with the woodsy finish. But those bitter flavors evolved into peppery flavors that got stronger as the cigar continued towards the end here. And the woodsy finish continued and aw got a little stronger as well.
Overall until the last third of the cigar the flavors were not really very strong. Aw the flavors were very mild. So I would put this as a mild to medium, maybe medium at best bodied cigar. Aw not a lot of strong flavors at all. And the strength of the cigar I would put it mild to medium, maybe medium at best again. So really it would be a good morning cigar or afternoon cigar just depends on what you are looking for flavor wise and strength wise.
The construction of the cigar surprised me, a lot of the larger ring gauge cigars and especially the longer ones tend to have draw issues at some point but this one really didn’t. It was a very easy drawing cigar all the way thru and the burn was very consistent as well. As you can see the burn is fairly even all the way around. Aw aw I didn’t really have, I did not have to light up the cigar again. Even though I put it down for a minute here and there. And I didn’didn’t have to touch it up with a lighter at all. Great construction for a larger ring gauge cigar. Aw so next we will move on to the Lonsdale the 6.5 by 44 version of this cigar and aw we will get back to you with that.
Flor de Oliva Lonsdale
So next I am going to move on to the Flor de Oliva Lonsdale this cigar has the same blend as the other cigar. It is Ecuadorian wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The size of the cigar is a 6.5 by 44. The wrapper has some modeling but not as much as the other cigar; it could just be due to age of this cigar. This cigar has no visible veins.
The aroma at the foot of the cigar is not very strong and mostly earthy. I am not getting any of the cocoa hints that I was getting on the giant size. There are some strong cocoa notes on the pre light draw of the cigar though. Aw this cigar starts off the same as the larger size, a lot of sweet notes and a little bit of cocoa. And I will be back to let you know what I got from this cigar.
With the Lonsdale version of the Flor de Oliva the sweet flavors on the front of the palate actually lasted for most of the first third of the cigar. About a half inch to an inch in some toasty flavors mixed in with that so it was aw sweet and toasty first third of the cigar in the front of the palate. With the finish the sweet flavors actually lingered into the finish and aw started to mix with some sweet woodsy flavors.
The second third of the cigar was a mostly toasty front of the palate flavor with a peppery finish. About half way thru I got some of the same bitter flavors that creep in with the giant size cigar but they didn’t last very long in either size. And the final third of the cigar was peppery both on the front of the palate and on the finish. The construction on this cigar unfortunately had some minor issues. The draw was not as easy as it was on the Giant for the first half. And that is unfortunately to be expected with Lonsdale and Lanceo size cigars it is harder to roll, 44 or 40 ring gauge cigar so you tend to get some minor draw issues there. And the draw tends to be a little tighter. The burn unfortunately had some issues as well. I took a couple of corrections about at the half way point the burn line finally evened out. As you can see it is a even burn now. And the draw opened up as well in the second half.
The cigar was a medium bodied cigar so the flavors were slightly more intense than they were with the giant. Again that is to be expected with a smaller ring gauge cigar. Since there is more wrapper on a smaller ring gauge cigar, more wrapper to binder and filler ratio. And most of the flavor comes from the wrapper on a cigar. So with more of a wrapper ratio you are going to get more intense flavors. The cigar was a mild to medium strength cigar like the giant. Um not a very strong cigar. So really good either one of them at any time of day cigar, morning, afternoon or first cigar of the evening.
CH would like to thank SmokingCigarGirl for the review.[VIDEO] Cigar Review: Flor de Oliva Lonsdale & Giants Cigar Review by SmokingCigarGirl by Nada Jumper