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It seems almost everything gets vaguely labeled as medium-full, but this cigar defines the category for me. It's a clear step beyond medium, but not one of those ass-kicker full cigars. The extra step just brings rich flavor, but keeps the clean burn of milder cigars. Nice even burn too - I wondered how the oval would handle, and it performed well. I'm not sure if it burned quickly or if time just flies when you're enjoying a great smoke. Even the shape was much more comfortable in the hand than I would have expected. Highly recommend this one
great cigar, one of my favorite..i cannot find in my local cigar shop it is a treat to order these cigars..thanks ci
This is my GO TO cigar! I am an AJ Fernandez fan, and he hit the ball out of the park with the San Lotano line.
The Oval is a superb cigar. Before lighting this cigar I smelled the wrapper. It honestly had the aroma of a sweet chocolate. It smokes smooth and toasty, chocolatey. It may cost a bit more, but it is definitely worth it. No harshness at all. As I inhale, the sweet aroma passes my nose with such a wonderful sweet toasty aroma. It was a delicious smell. Like someone had just ever so slightly burned chocolate. Will definitely buy this cigar. My mouth tastes like chocolate malt meal. I had no wrapper issues whatsoever. A+
I recently smoked a San Lotano Oval toro, and loved it so much that I ordered a full box. Unfortunately, like another reviewer, several of the cigars arrived with severe cracks at both the head and foot of the cigars. I'm sure that CI will make this right, but there appears to be some quality control issues with this cigar. Perhaps it is the unique oval shape that is causing the cigar to crack?
I had to buy a box of these unique shaped cigars when I saw them in the top 25 in Cigar Journal. Chocolatey with a mellow refined sweetness. Nicely balanced, a perfect draw and long finish. The wrapper is dark, leathery thick and chewy, however six of the cigars were damaged beyond smoking. CI was very cooperative in replacing them so I am very satisfied with this purchase as always.
I absolutely loved this cigar. Very smooth draw. Loaded with flavor. Definitely of my list of cigars I love.
In my opinion, the best cigar in AJ Fernandez portfolio. Great right of the truck, but if you have patience and you let them rest, Wow, you enter into another world. I love the robusto size. The shape and the way it feels in your hand is always consistent, the flavors are the closest I've come to smoking a Cuban cigar.
Bought this cigar after my brother in-law recommended it and WOW! This is definitely gonna be a staple in my humidor, I love the oval shape, the draw is smooth and the burn is consistent/even. Nice flavors, leathery & bold. Talking about it, I'm gonna smoke another one right now!
Excellent...flavor, appearance, construction, burn are all number 1. Very enjoyable.
Can't understand why this cigar only received a 91 -- definitely a 96 plus: even consistency, good draw and the flavor is pleasant on the palete.
Double wow! A.J. has so many wonderful blends that he is beginning to rival Alec Bradley, in my eyes. San Lotano Oval is another winner. A bit milder than most other Fernandez offerings I have tried, but no less powerful in flavor. After cutting, I noticed the easy draw. Perhaps that is due to the irregular shape or it may be on purpose. Either way, it works. Clouds of smoke are emitted with every delicious puff. As a result, the stick burns rather quickly, which is a shame, since I want the experience to last. Finding a deal like the A.J. Fernandez sampler this came from, keeps the price down to a manageable level. So I will be looking for a deal on a quantity of these, as I do for many other over five bone blends, that I like to keep on hand. Thanks to CI, the opportunities keep coming & for that I am thankful. As for the Oval blend itself, I am hooked. Medium bodied, full flavored sticks are not all that common in my experience. Oval is that & a lot more. It smells fantastic, hosts a myriad of spices & goes great with a cup of expresso. Perfect for the 1st 'gar of the day & the next & the next. You get the idea.
This was my first Cigar I smoked and now I'm a 600 + a 150 humidor owner! All I can say is Wow, still today after a year plus it will all ways have a place in my humidor and a special place for a good friend who drops by! Ir you never tried it your missing out on a very smooth med full Cigar, you won't be disappointed that's a promise!
Just had my first one last night and I'm VERY IMPRESSED!!! Truly one of the best cigars I've ever smoked!!!
This is absolutely the best cigar I have ever smoked. Honestly, this should be everyone's gold standard to compare the rest!
This guy really knows how to make great cigars. I really like this blend smooth yet flavorful. And unlike some others construction, burn and draw is never bad.
I agree with everyone. I'm a big AJ fan. This cigar is great! You cannot go wrong with this cigar!
Truly a standout blend. Featuring a Habana 2000 wrapper, Nicaraguan & Honduran fillers, as well as a secret leaf, SL Oval embodies medium to medium full goodness. The 6.5" X 54 Toro is a significant achievement that bears the makers name. Already a major player in the full flavored area, with triumphs like Diesel, Core & Man-O-War, AJ Fernandez puts his distinct mark on the medium bodied market with Oval. Creamy smooth clouds of spice laden smoke produce a myriad of delicious flavors, that are ever changing & as complex as any medium bodied cigar, in my experience. Earning well deserved accolades that include "Cigar of the Year" nomination & ratings as high as 96, my personal rating is an enthusiastic 94/100. Worth trying & worth keeping on hand. My only caveat is that I prefer slightly more full bodied blends. That doesn't stop San Lotano Oval from making my top 10 list.
Quality cigar, plenty of flavor and I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. It burned incredibly evenly, despite a shamefully awful light. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for whenever they go on sale, as it is probably my favorite smoke to date.
By far one of the best cigars I have ever smoked. I HIGHLY enjoyed it. After I finished I almost lit another one back to back I liked it so much.
Wow!! One of the best cigars I've smoked to date. I've been smoking cigars for a couple of years and tried many premium smokes, but this one takes the crown. The oval shape is unique and feels good in hand. Draw is perfect and burn is razor sharp. Billows of creamy smoke and the flavors are out of this world. Seriously, you have to try this one!
Really liked these cigars. Will be buying a box soon. Thanks CI.
Longer than expected burn and pretty good taste.