The coloring of the Ogre brings to mind camouflage, but you can also be forgiven for the name conjures images of the Shrek movies as well. The 70 ring gauge size is substantial, though after dealing with an 80 ring gauge last week, it seemed more manageable than I expected. The cut was easy, and the draw was incredibly smooth. The prelight draw was much more mild than i was expecting, with neither the spiciness of the blend or grassiness of the candela coming through.
The initial puffs revealed an exceptionally smooth and balanced cigar. The blend of the candela and maduro wrappers created a richness that was cut at times by the more pointed grass and wood notes of the candela. Subtlety is not something you expect from a cigar that looks like this, but that is exactly what the blend of flavors provides, with the smoke rounding out to a pleasant medium body.
The construction of the cigar is exceptional. After a few touch ups of the wrapper, the burn was incredibly even throughout, and the ash held together with minimal flaking for almost a quarter of the cigar. An impressive feat for a cigar of this size, and a testiment to the quality of rollers that Christian Eiroia has brought to CLE cigars.
As the cigar smokes through (it takes a while, as you would expect) more spiciness emerges, but it still retains a mostly soft medium-bodied character. The maduro flavor is slightly more pronounced as the final third is reached, but this richness never turns to harshness.