If you were to run into Edgar Hoil the last thing you would think is that he was a cigar maker, or a photographer, in fact you might wonder if he was a gang-banger frown South Central Los Angeles. Once you get to know him, you realize this critically acclaimed urban photographer has a story to tell though his art that carries over to his cigars.
The One Shot One Kill (OSOK) is a partnership between Edgar Hoil and Christian Eiroa and comes out the CLE factory.
Cigar: Edgar Hoil OSOK
Size: 7 x 52 (Desmadroso)
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop
The Look: Wrapped in paper covered in tattoo styled artwork instead of the tradition cello these perfecto shaped cigars are a step outside of the industry standard, much like Edgar Hoil himself. Featuring a black and silver band, the dark wrapper has some oils visible to it and feels like satin under the fingers. Hefty in weight and no soft spots this is a cigar that does not have justice done to it hidden under paper.
The Notes: The cold draw of the OSOK has notes of caramel and vanilla biscotti, as the sweetness is very enjoyable. The aroma of the foot and wrapper is sweet with a chocolate nose. As we light up the cigar there are notes of mocha and a hint of leather on the initial profile.
The first third continues to have some sweetness to it before giving way to some cinnamon notes as we pass the nipple of the perfecto. In fact it is very reminiscent of a red hot candy. As we progress some chocolate notes developed like a moist brown that slowly take over as the primary taste.
As we cross over to the second third of the smoke the notes of moist chocolate cake take control, and are extremely defined. Around the half way point some notes of caramel begin to develop with some leather notes on the aroma, much like the smell of a new leather jacket.
The last third of the OSOK develops some notes of pepper that compliment the continued chocolate notes that are subdued compared to the first two-thirds of the cigar. As the chocolate fades some leather and nuts finish out the cigar on its moderate to long finish.
The Burn: Like many perfecto cigars the draw starts off tough until we work past the tip, then it opens up like they usually do. The draw of the cigar offered the right amount of resistance and smoked nice and slow revealing a white ash that was firm and held for almost half the cigar. The burn line was thing and it never needed touching up. It remained lit from first light to last puff.
The Finish: The Edgar Hoil One Shot One Kill, was a bit one-dimensional in its flavor profile, but those flavors were oh so enjoyable. For the first third the rich chocolate notes were like a perfectly crafted piece of cake before taking on some heartier notes of pepper and leather in the last third which offered enough change to not get board. Which provides me with a conundrum, as I always gripe about lack of complexity in some smokes. I will dare to say it, while there was lack of change in the first two-thirds of the cigar the flavor profile was so go that I will look past the partially one-dimensional characteristics.