When it comes to limited edition cigars I get excited and disappointed at the same time. My excitement stems from the fact that you are most likely going to experience a cigar that is just incredible. The manufacturers has gathered some amazing tobacco for the blend, and can really use tobacco that he might not have been able to use before because of its limited nature. The result is an incredible cigar most of the time, but with that comes limitations. I know that if I fall in love with a limited edition I am not going to be able to enjoy the cigar regularly so it results in me having to horde the cigars when I find them and get enough to enjoy now but plenty for years to come. That has been the case with the O.S.O.K. and that is the case with the new Namakubi Ecuador.
For this review I picked up the Filero vitola. The cigar measures 4.5" with a 42 ring gauge at the foot and a 52 ring gauge at the end. There is a nipple on the end, but the main foot has a 52 ring gauge. The cigar has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Honduran Corojo binder. This wrapper and binder is identical to the wrapper and binder on the O.S.O.K. The filler is a mixture of Dominican and Honduran tobacco, and is the filler tobacco from the Namakubi. The cigar is a gorgeous figurado with a wrapper that shows some great Colorado Maduro coloring. It is smooth with only a few veins and not oily. There is an aroma on the cigar of musty wood, leather, earth and soft spices.
When I get into the second half of the cigar I am getting a lot more flavors from the wrapper of the cigar now and it is showing three flavors predominantly; musty wood, coffee, and cocoa. The pepper and spice flavors are still present in the cigar and it is considerably stronger in this half. I am getting bits of floral and leather flavors with the cigar still as well, but it is all about the wrapper right now. The strength level is still at that full body level as it was before, but seems stronger with the wrapper tobacco showing itself now much more than before. The burn line on the cigar is still very similar to what it was in the first half and that is slightly even with a solid charcoal colored ash that holds on firmly. The finish on the draw is very cool, always a great sign with a cigar in this format and the last draw on the tapered end shows some terrific floral, leather and wood flavors.