Big Papi Cigars by David Ortiz – Cigar Review

Big Papi Cigars by David Ortiz

This is a review of Big Papi Cigars by David Ortiz and Tabacalera El Artista Cigars. The size chosen for this review is the toro. This cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Habano Claro wrapper and has a Dominican Republic Criolly 98 binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. This is a medium bodied smoke that retails around $11.00.

These cigars were created personally for David Ortiz in 2013 and his charity events by his fellow countrymen Tabacalera El Artista Cigars. In 2016 the news broke that his cigar were going to the commercial market and hence here we are today.


The cigar is beautifully done with reddish tints to a nice milk chocolate brown wrapper. This stick has minimal veins, tight seams and is finished with a triple cap.


Aromas of cedar and nuts fill the nose on the pre-light sniff test. We utilized the straight cut on this cigar. The cold draw produced some green vegetal notes and nuts.

After Toast:

First Third – Nutty notes and spice kick this stick off with a peppery finish. Creamy notes come into the mix and really blend beautifully with the profile. Smooth as it gets so far. Burn is sharp and ash is holding strong.

Second Third – The nuts, spice and cream carry over into this third remaining pretty consistent. Burn remains sharp and the ash fell off right before the mid point of the cigar.

Final Third – The spice really kicks up a notch here with a nice cedar and nutty flavors to follow. The pepper also turned up a few dials on the palate. Nice bold ending much like how David Ortiz is clutch at bats!

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Johnny Walker Green Label

Wine – Castello di Amorosa Gioia Rosato di SangiovesePine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet or Chateau Paloumey Haut Medoc

Overall Experience:

Big Papi Cigars by David Ortiz are a homerun.  Great to see this partnership between Tabacalera El Artista and David Ortiz to bring a product that represent their roots. A great mix of bold flavors in this cigar to really give your palate a treat. Its not over powering, but its not mild either so all cigar guys are going to like this. I would recommend trying one of these to anyone who loves cigars.


Cigar Aficionado – N/A

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