Filler: Jalapa, Esteli, and Condega Nicaragua grown by Tobacco Del Sol Ortez's Family Farms / Binder: Jalapo Seco / Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano
6 x 50 / Toro / 400 Made
Indiana Ortez, daughter of Omar Ortez, tobacco legacy and budding young star of the cigar blending world. She's just got something about her. Indiana recently left home for the first time in her life to manage the factory of Casa Favilli, formerly Mambacho. She has been around tobacco since a child. Growing, fermenting, and rolling since she can remember. If this cigar is an example of her style we are in for a lifetime of amazing blends from this young woman. Short on words, big on smiles, and with a real passion for tobacco, Indiana is part of the next generation of cigar makers.
The first Indiana Ortez Privada Experience cigar is a journey of flavor. This is not a hamburger and French fries, this is Le Bernardin. For those who do not retrohale, the sensation of tingling spice and warm fruits that cause salivation should be enough to entertain. But for those that can pick the flavors of a cigar apart, get ready for multiple courses of various flavors that will make you wonder what else Indiana is capable of.
In the first third, I am met with chocolates, lemon, peat, dried fruits, and the spice of paprika. Further in the peat turns to charred woods, the dried fruits turn to candied orange, and the chocolates sway to a vanilla wafer. There is still some lemon on the finish. There are other notes I cannot quite pinpoint.
In the second third, lemon is still dancing on the tongue along with cocoa powder, hints of the candied orange, paprika, and the twang of a good peach pie. There are also notes that make me feel like I'm having a raspberry tea.
In the final third, I get raspberry, powdery smoke, light cinnamon, cocoa, lemon, and oak along with caramel.
Raspberry tea, amber lager, rose champagne, Armagnac, dark chocolate, funnel cake, after Indian food, after Thai food.