Review of 2012 by Oscar Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
The updated box pressed versions of 2012 by Oscar Valladares cigars are available in a choice of three wrappers (Connecticut, Corojo and Maduro) and four vilotas, including a Connecticut Toro (6 x 52) priced at $8.50 per single cigar, which was sampled for this review. The cigars are made in Honduras with a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. The Oscar Valladares Tobacco Company was founded in 2012, the same year as the world was supposed to end, according to the Mayan calendar. Hence the Mayan artwork on the 2012 by Oscar cigar band. The company released updated cigars to commemorate its five-year anniversary.
The 2012 Connecticut Toro is a mild-to-medium bodied cigar having a very enjoyable sweet, creamy and smooth flavor, along with a hint of spice that gradually becomes more noticeable as the cigar is smoked. The cigar has an easy draw that delivers a generous volume of smoke. The burn is even and the cigar holds a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the hour that it took me to smoke the cigar down to 1½ inches remaining.
I enjoyed this cigar from start to finish, and give it a very good rating of 4 points on a 5-point scale, which is actually pretty impressive for a relatively mild cigar. Although the 2012 by Oscar cigar is highly recommended for newer cigar smokers, even seasoned connoisseurs who appreciate an occasional lighter smoke should also really enjoy this cigar. It may not have a lot of oomph, but the cigar smokes and tastes as good as any Connecticut-seed wrapped cigar on the market today (or in 2012).