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December 8, 2019


A 100% Costa Rican tobacco company with over 21 years experience in the production of premium, handmade cigars, consisting of our own brands and many private labels, which are created with custom blends selected by the clients. Then the customers provide their own packaging, designs and names and we pack and ship the products around the world. It is a family business, Don Olman Leon inherited the passion for tobacco from his grandparents and parents who were engaged in the production of tobacco in Puriscal and where Don Olman was born and raised. In 1990 he was appointed representative of tobacco producers of Costa Rica and to the Board of a local cooperative of tobacco farmers. It was there that he began to hear the myths about cigars made entirely by hand, so in 1996 he traveled to Cuba to see first-hand this artisan activity.

That trip impressed him so much that he dreamed of starting a cigar factory in Costa Rica. So he visited more tobacco farms and factories in the principal countries that engage in this activity, and he interacted with many tobacco and cigar experts. They are a company that has its own plantations, mainly for the production of wrappers and binders. The plantations are located in Ecuador because the climate benefits the cultivation of wrapper tobacco. They do permanent inspections and control of the curing and fermentation of the tobacco. In 1998 Don Olman started an association of producers of handmade cigars in Puriscal. Currently the factory has significant influence on the domestic market, however, this is not their priority. At the international level , it has many customers in Russia, The United Arab Emirates, Europe, United States, Lebanon, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Italy, Dubai , Holland and Asia. The factory is currently making cigars for 18+ different clients under different logos and with exclusive blends. Don Olman is extremely proud to announce his latest creation, Don Guzman cigars, available in the following vitolas; 6×42, 5×50, 5×52, 5×56 and 5×60. In 2019 we will release our newest factory blends; OLMAN, La Joya de CR, La flor de Montenegro and MALEKU.

Over 24 different sizes (vitolas) of cigars are available.

Binders…Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican. Sumatra, Brazil.

Wrappers: Ecuador & Costa Rica: Criolla 98, Corojo 2012, Habano & Maduro, HVA, Connecticut shade.
Fillers: Peru, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Cuban.

The factory is open to the public for free tours

Custom, full-color cigar bands available with a minimum order of 20 cigars!

Cigar reviews available upon request to…puriscaltimes@gmail.com

I will start off with a caveat; the OLMAN cigar, Tabacos de Costa Rica, needed more rest time in my humidor.  When I received it, it was fairly dry.  It only had around 2 weeks to rest before smoking, and the moisture was not evenly distributed throughout the cigar.  This led to some cracking and splitting issues during the smoking experience.

The cigar had a clean looking capa with a honey brown color.  It had a pleasant prelight aroma of hay, dried apricots, and chocolate.  There was a minor head split when I cut it, but I attribute that to the aforementioned humidity issue.  Prelight draw was open, but not too lose, and gave a hint of hay and milk chocolate.

I toasted the foot and lit the cigar and got an initial flavor of cedar, coffee and honey with a very leathery mouth feel.  There was a bit of initial astringency, but that went away fairly quickly.

Once the cigar got past its initial light (about a quarter to half inch in) the flavors opened up better.  All astringency was gone, and the leather backed off.  The smoke still had a very chewy mouth feel and I was getting hints of cedar and fruit whose levels kept changing by the puff. There was also a very creamy, coffee-like finish.

Burn was very even, with only a few millimeters of variation at any time.  Smoke was white, plentiful and pleasant smelling.  Ash was tight and fairly clean white with some grey mixed in.

Between the ½ inch and 1 inch mark the flavor strength changed a lot.  Art first the cigar went into what I would describe as mild-medium and then closer to 1” settled more into a medium-full level, reminding me in many ways of a Cuban Bolivar, with a floral note that is common with tobacco from that island.

Getting more to the 1 ½ inch mark the smoke became even chewier and had more brown spice notes along with coffee.  The leather had all but disappeared completely.  Burn was still very even, but I did get a bulge crack in the cigar (again, most likely due to improper humidification).

For the next few inches of cigar, the strength went back and forth from medium-full to mild medium, and the honey, coffee brown spice, cedar and fruit notes kept coming and going, leading to a very dynamic smoke that kept my interest.

Near the end it picked up some white pepper and became much more cedar and fruity in character.  The ash remained white/ grey, but later did have a black center.

Throughout, the cigar produced a lot of sweet smelling smoke and gave me no serious burn issues (aside from some bulges and cracks due to humidity).  Flavors were pleasant and dynamic.  Overall body of the cigar is pretty much in the medium area, and flavor strength never got overly mild or overly strong.   I would be very likely to buy these for my own collection. 

Out of 5, I would rate this cigar at 4.5…..90/100. Jason S. California

OLMAN: There was a satin rosy sheen to the wrapper with a few veins noticed. The canon was firm and even throughout and there were no soft spots. The cap cut easily without fraying or damaging the wrapper. The nice barnyard aroma with some honey notes were pleasant and the cold draw seemed just right. I liked that the bands came off easily. The bunching looked even too.

Although firm and evenly rolled, the first ash fell off on its own after one inch of smoking but the rest of the ashes held on a little longer. There was plenty of good smoke throughout the session. The cigar burned a little crooked for the first two thirds and required one touch up. The last third burned evenly.

Formidable construction led to an enjoyable smoke. The one touch up that was needed did not deter from the experience. The draw was very good throughout. The wrapper did not unravel nor did the cap falter. As mentioned above, the stick was a good looking one that was filled, rolled with care, and sported a a nice looking wrapper.

The first third started off medium bodied with some mild citrus flavor and wood notes. There was a tasty aftertaste that had a nice warm tang to it. The strength in the second third increased a bit with the addition of some spice that was enjoyed. The cigar remained smooth without fault in the first two thirds. The last third remained smooth and reached about a medium plus strength. The flavors remained the same but slightly deeper.
This cigar was a pleasure to smoke and one of the better ones I’ve had in a while. The taste and strength were very well balanced. This stick was nub worthy and I will be interested to seek them out for future smoking pleasure. A big thank you goes out to Joe from Cigar Geeks, John Scoble and Olman Premium Cigars for making this review and experience possible.

Score 94/100