Oja Oscuro

Oja Oscuro torpedo

Rummaging through my coolidor recently, I came across a couple cigars I received in a trade from @YoungBuckBOTL. These in particular just so happened to catch my eye because I vaguely remember hearing about the brand but had never seen them in a shop: Oja Cigars. I don’t normally gravitate towards torpedos, as I find it more difficult to make an optimal and I sometimes get the feeling that the shape focuses the smoke somewhat like a laser. But this is what Mike sent me, so it’s what I smoked.

Oja Oscuro by the numbers:
Size: 6×54 torpedo
Vitola: Distinguido
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua(?)
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Med-Full
Factory: Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 2
Duration: 1 hour
Source: trade
Price: $7.00
Website: www.ojacigars.com
Twitter: @ojacigarsFreddy

I lit up the first of my two Oja Oscuro cigars on a nice day last week when I took my laptop out to the picnic table behind my office building to get some work done outdoors. I enjoyed that first one so much that I grabbed the other while hanging out on my deck this weekend — gotta love this unseasonably warm March weather. Did the second live up to the initial impressions left by the first?

Watch the video to find out…

(Video length: 9:53)

Soundtrack: “Happy Free Year” by Pitx (courtesy of ccMixter.org)

So these Oja Oscuro sticks turned out to be a bit of a hidden gem. I didn’t much know what to expect going in, as I couldn’t find much coverage in the cigar blogosphere, save for a couple reviews by Tom and Craig. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks again to @YoungBuckBOTL for sending these my way, and I’ll be sure to pick up a few if I ever see them in a shop.

About Charlie:
Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.