If you have been wondering where Edgar Hoill from OSOK Cigars has been lately, fear not, for he has been hanging out in Mexico as a Quality Control appointee for Casa Turrent so he could feed his personal desire to gain a deeper appreciation behind the process of crafting premium cigars. Edgar is appreciative of the rave reviews he has received on his previous blends but wanted more.
In his own word, Edgar notes:
“The growth of ‘boutique’ cigars has been incredible, but I wanted to up the game and the only way to do so was to truly understand the entire process. I owed it to myself, and it I owed it to all who have ever supported the OSOK brand,
The only way to gain a true appreciation for the process was to be a part of it so I moved to Mexico to apprentice under Don Alberto Turrent – an experience that changed my life, and one which resulted in the creation of OSOK San Andres.”
In the OSOK Cigars press release today, the company explains what happened during Mr. Hoill’s time in Mexico:
“During his stay, Mr. Hoill took a multifaceted approach to learning the entire process. From seedling to growing, fermentation to blending, his explorations resulted in him becoming a quality control appointee for Casa Turrent. As a result, he then took another year to create the OSOK San Andres – a medium bodied cigar filled with complexity, infused with pride, and crafted to satisfy the most discerning pallet all the while delivering the true flavors of Mexican tobacco.”
The OSOK San Andres blend is described as:
- Wrapper -San Andres Colorado Maduro (2015-2016 Crop)
- Binder – San Andres Banda Clara (2010-2011 Crop)
- Filler –
- Negro San Andres Thick Colorado Oscuro (2012-2013 Crop)
- Havano San Andres Oscuro Extra Thick (2012-2013 Crop)
- Colorado San Andres Extra Thick (2016 Crop)
The OSOK San Andres will be available in a single 5 x 54 vitola with an MSRP of $8.50 USD and will be packaged in 15-count boxes. They are set to ship on October 1st and will be distributed by Casa Turrent.
Production will be limited to only 6,000 units per month. The decision to release small batches ensures quality control, and it marks a new entry for OSOK as they set out to show the industry what “Hecho in Mexico” really means – and tastes like.
Edgar is on a mission to give Mexican cigars the recognition they truly deserve and as he explained int he press release:
“Many top cigars already utilize Mexican San Andres tobacco for their wrappers, but they do little to give them the recognition they deserve and I wanted to change that. As a result, I created the OSOK San Andres in conjunction with the Turrent family as a way to showcase the strength and flavor of a cigar that is made entirely of Mexican tobacco grown in San Andres.”