It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review an eye-catching cigar. The LEAF by Oscar in the Sumatra variety comes wrapped in an actual tobacco leaf instead of the traditional cellophane. For this review, I smoke the Toro size that comes in at a classic 6×50. The wrapper on this stick is an Ecuadorian Sumatra, and the binder and filler tobaccos are all from Honduras.
I unwrap the outer tobacco leaf and find a rough looking stick with crooked caps and minor wrapper imperfections. The wrapper gives off a very pungent barnyard and damp soil aroma. Out of the foot, I find a light floral aroma. The cold draw offers almost no flavor with just an airy grass. Once lit, there is noticeable tobacco and black pepper spice with leather on the tongue. Through the nose, I am blasted with sweet caramel, cedar, and sweet earth. The finish gives me black and red pepper spice with leather and creamy wood.
Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find almond alongside nutty earth and toast. Through the nose, there is a blast of fruity wood and black pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with the addition of delicious, creamy leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third ends at fifty-five minutes. The draw is dominated by a tobacco core with creamy cocoa and black pepper spice. The retro-hale offers up a mix of cedar and roasted coffee. On the finish, I find sweet caramel with a perfect combination of toast and leather. Strength and body remain consistent at the medium mark.
The final third closes out at an hour and a half. On the draw, there is fruity cedar with more tobacco and cocoa notes. Through the nose, I am treated to spicy vanilla alongside black pepper and coffee. The finish consists of earthy leather with more black pepper and some walnut flavor. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
The LEAF Sumatra is a fine cigar with smooth, mellow flavor that blends beautifully. It’s got enough complexity to keep things interesting, but it’s not overwhelming. This is a cigar you can light up and not think too hard about. Price is not bad at around $9, and it’s something I would definitely smoke again and highly recommend.