At the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Edgar Hoill debuted two new brands, both of which are made exclusively with Honduran tobacco: OG OSOK and EH Everyday Hustle.
While Everyday Hustle was released in six standard vitolas, the OG OSOK releases are made up of four different figurado sizes. Both releases are rolled at Christian Eiroa’s El Aladino factory in Honduras, and both are being distributed by Eiora’s CLE Cigar Co.
The OG OSOK was released in four different vitolas at launch, all of which are sold in 10-count boxes.
- OG OSOK Carnalito (4 1/2 x 42 x 52) — $11 (Boxes of 10, $110)
- OG OSOK Chakal (4 1/2 x 38 x 54) — $10 (Boxes of 10, $100)
- OG OSOK Patan (6 1/2 x 19 x 50 x 30) — $12 (Boxes of 10, $120)
- OG OSOK Malandro (8 x 44 x 60) — $13 (Boxes of 10, $130)
- Cigar Reviewed: OG OSOK Patan
- Country of Origin: Honduras
- Factory: El Aladino
- Wrapper: Honduras
- Binder: Honduras
- Filler: Honduras
- Size: 6 1/2 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 19 x 50 x 30
- Vitola: Figurado
- MSRP: $12 (Boxes of 10, $120)
- Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
Visually, the OG OSOK Patan is quite impressive, with a combination of large size, double figurado vitola and light brown wrapper that is smooth to the touch. While there is some give when it is squeezed, it is not enough to cause concerns, and the cut foot is an interesting touch. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of leather, lemon citrus, hay, barnyard, white chocolate and pepper while the cold draw brings flavors of cedar, leather, grass, dark chocolate and sweet orange cream, along with a touch of spice on my tongue.
The OG OSOK Patan starts out the first third with a spicy floral flavor dominant, along with other notes of creamy cedar, leather, dark chocolate, anise and hay, along with a bit of white pepper on the retrohale. There is a nice orange citrus sweetness on the retrohale, as well, but it is not overly strong as of yet. Both the burn and draw are excellent so far, and there is a metric ton of smoke coming off the foot from the first puff. Strength-wise, the new OSOK release hits a point close to medium by the end of the first third, but seems to stall out there for the most part, although I can tell it is not done yet.
The orange citrus increases in the second third of the OG OSOK Patan, becoming more of a central flavor, joining other notes of lemongrass, barnyard, creamy cedar, almonds, hay, earth and leather. There is still some very nice white pepper on the retrohale that only adds to the complexity of the profile, and I am actually noticing a touch of spice on my lips that was not present in the first third. The smoke is still coming off of the foot like a house on fire, and both the burn and draw continue to impress as well. While the overall strength does easily hit the medium mark at about the halfway point of the cigar, I am not sure it is going to go much further.
Coming into the final third of the OG OSOK Patan, and while the orange citrus sweetness is still very prevalent, it has now become relegated to more of a background note again. An interesting combination of buttered popcorn and almonds takes over the dominant spot, followed closely by flavors of hay, creamy cedar, espresso beans, leather, earth and dark cocoa. The burn remains excellent, but the burn has actually started to waver a bit, forcing me to touch it up twice, and the smoke production has died down noticeably as well. As expected, the strength stalls out while firmly in the medium range,and that is where it stays until I put the nub down with a little more than an inch left.
- The letters OG usually refer to the term original gangster.
- Interestingly, back when OSOK was part of Room101, it used three of the exact same vitolas when they released the Filero brand in 2012, although the cigars have different names.
- I love the fact that the band on this release is almost too small for this size, and very unassuming, despite the metallic accents. Very attractive in a modern/minimalist way, especially when you take the box design into account.
- I photographed a portrait of Edgar Hoill that you can see here.
- You can see halfwheel’s coverage of the CLE booth at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show here.
- The final smoking time for the two samples averaged a relatively quick one hour and 35 minutes.
- One of the cigars for this review was given to halfwheel at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show while the other one was purchased by halfwheel.
- If you would like to purchase any of the OSOK OG cigars, site sponsors Elite Cigar Cafe (972.661.9136), Lone Star State Cigar Co. (972.424.7272), Serious Cigars and STOGIES World Class Cigars have them in stock.
I have smoked quite a few EH Cigars releases over the years, and I have enjoyed the vast majority of them. The OG continues this trend, with a creamy and sweet profile that really shines in the second third. In addition, the profile is nicely complex with very distinct flavors, and construction was extremely good overall. Yes, the price is a touch high, but it is well-balanced and well-constructed, and a cigar I can easily recommend if you are looking for a full flavored, medium-bodied option in your rotation.