Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) OSOK Leroy
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kevin Anderson (Kevin48438)

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Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill) OSOK Leroy.  This cigar is the product of a project from the team of Edgar Hoill and Christian Eiroa for Tobacco Haven in Brookline, N.H.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Tobacco Haven and Edgar Hoill.  Thanks goes out to Brian (bmac7754) for coordinating this critique!

EH Cigars (Edgar Hoill)
OSOK Leroy
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3.5 star rating based on 2 Review(s) (2 Review(s))
Special release sold only at Tobacco Haven, Brookline BH.
This cigar was enjoyed with Water, then Zaya Rum

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

This is a firmly packed cigar topped by a perfect triple cap.  The smooth medium-brown wrapper is slightly oily with light veins and tight seams. once the band came off there were some small spots visible.  But overall, this is a nice looking stick with the same band that is on the regular production OSOK line.  The wrapper smells of a sweet barnyard and the visible filler leaves in the foot are of a few different colors.  The straight cut was smooth and clean.  The pre-light draw is clean and offers just a touch of resistance.  This cigar is ready.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Upon toasting the foot lights very easily.  All the while the cigar burns slowly and never goes out or needs touching up.  A cigar can't burn better.  I took a solid 2 hours to smoke this thing, which is a long time for something maybe a tad longer than a robusto.  I wanted to take my time and keep it cool, which is possible in such a nicely constructed cigar.  Smoke volume is strong, which I like.  The ash is a light gray, almost white.  There is no flowering or flakiness, but it is cracked and weak, falling off easily in 1/2" chunks.  So keep the ashtray nearby and keep an eye on it.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

This is a finely constructed cigar.  This isn't strange as I find that the cigars coming from the CLE factory rival anybody in the industry when it comes to quality of construction.  The draw is spot on and the stogie has a dense heavy feel to it.  The cap is nicely affixed and evenly applied.

Flavor and Aroma: 28 Points of 45 Possible

Initially there is a subtle blast of white pepper.  The kind that is sensed on the top of the tongue rather than the tip like a black pepper.  It can be better picked up on the retrohale.  A good amount without being overwhelming.  Flavors in the first third are dominated by earth with hints of metal and a slightly sweet wood.  Every so often there is a wonderful, unique twang that is more prevalent in the regular OSOK line.  The smoke is oily and coats the whole mouth and back of the throat.  All the flavors but the earth leave soon after exhaling leaving a strong earthy aftertaste.

The second third isn't seeing any new flavors.  Only an increase in the metallic flavor and a loss of the wood note.  The occasional twang has left for good though and is sorely missed.  The last third is the same as the second.


This is a nice cigar.  Not very complex and stays the same for at least the second half of the smoke.  However this is a profile I think is okay, but not great.  I wish more of that dark, tangy sweetness ("twang" - almost like an anise) would have been around.  I prefer the regular OSOK line to this as it is very similar but is a tad smoother and has more of the twang.  But the construction and performance is outstanding.  Its just a matter of whether the flavor profile is a hit.  For me, the arrow hit at about the "7 ring."