Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

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Cigar Details: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Undisclosed
  • Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran
  • Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Factory: Undisclosed
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: N/A
  • Release Date: February 2021
  • Source: Maya Selva

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 is dark brown with some reddish tones along with some darker lines around some veins, and from veins below the wrapper. There are some decently raised veins present. The seams are very smooth and the head is very well finished. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional Flor de Selva design. The foot band is red and mustard yellow and has artwork of what I assume is an Ox along with a Chinese character. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of damp wood, damp earth and tobacco sweetness. The foot brings wood and tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings a sweet and musty cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: I am typically not one who likes the secondary band to be completely different than the primary band, but the bands on the Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 work. The colors of the bands with the cigar wrapper just work. The wrapper itself is a dark wrapper, easy Maduro, and it has medium sized veins throughout. The wrapper is oily and there is a hint of hide like texture. The foot gives off aromas of chocolate, earth, cream and peppery spices, while the wrapper is delivering notes of manure and tobacco.
John: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 is double banded, with the second band as a foot band featuring a symbol of an Ox. The cigar comes in cellophane, without a UPC sticker, and has a dark, smooth wrapper. I was greeted with a medley of aromas that included sweet raisin, herbal notes reminding me of dry tea leaves and some faint, wet wood. From the foot, I was able to pick up on hay, fresh, dry wood and faint tea.
Jiunn: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021, true to its name, is a stout 6×56 cigar. The wrapper looks great, giving off a bronze Colorado red wrapper shade with traces of tooth. Major veins protrude, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give red pepper spice and wet barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell rich roasted nuts and red pepper spice. Cold draw gives minerals and cocoa.

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dark wood and light levels of mustiness and baking spice. At a half inch in, the baking spice is no longer detectable while some earth has joined the profile. The retrohale is musty wood and light earth. At an inch and a quarter, a light black pepper joins. As the third comes to a close, musty wood is up front with earth a bit behind and light black pepper in the background. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out great. I am picking up some cinnamon and clove notes, and there are some cocoa powder qualities present as well. There are earth and leather qualities present as well, and I am getting these herbal and graham cracker notes on the finish. It is balanced and complex with a smooth finish. In terms of strength and body, I would consider the cigar a solid medium.
John: My first few puffs brought light flavors of mild sweetness, cedar and leather to finish. A few puffs in, pepper and spices joined the post draw at light plus intensity. Dark fruit sweetness joined the retrohale, also at light plus. Not long after, light espresso and chocolate joined the retrohale at roughly the 15 minute mark.
Jiunn: The first third presents a pretty balanced flavor mix of chalky cocoa, red pepper spice and supporting minerals. Retrohaling provides deeper cocoa and minerals. The finish carries forth the chalky body in abundance, with a mixture of red pepper spice and cocoa. Strength and body is near medium plus.

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth has increased to become even with the musty wood while the black pepper has increased a bit as well, but is still a background note. The retrohale remains musty wood and light earth. At an inch and a quarter, the wood has gained a heavy toast. As the third comes to a close, the profile is heavily toasted wood, mustiness and dry earth with some black pepper in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.
Seth: The second third shows some transitioning, and I am picking up some leather and licorice notes. There are some earth, cocoa powder and coffee bean notes as well, and the finish has this woody, creamy and mineral like flavor. The spice notes are present, but subtle throughout. I would consider the cigar medium in strength and body.
John: My second third kicked off with baking spices, coffee, light chocolate and trailing pepper that finished long into the post draw. A sweet creaminess joined the retrohale as it settled in. By the halfway point, light leather and earth added to the flavor enjoyment.
Jiunn: The second third, in terms of flavors, is exactly the same as the first third. Still a chalky cocoa mixed with red pepper spice and minerals. The only change is the strength and body ramping up a notch, now being a consistent medium plus.

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the heavy toast transitions to a light char. At a half inch in, the charred wood and earth are even and have become a bit fuller with the mustiness and black pepper a bit behind. The retrohale is now charred wood and mustiness. At an inch in, the mustiness has become even with the charred wood and dry earth. The cigar wraps up with charred wood, dry earth and mustiness up front with some black pepper in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The cigar finishes with lovely spice notes that have the perfect level of sweetness. There are some leather and barnyard notes as well, and I am picking up some cocoa powder notes with earth on the finish. There is this creaminess and coffee bean profile present, and it is complex. There has been depth and transitioning throughout. Like before, medium in strength and body.
John: My last third began with flavors of creamy baking spices, and mild pepper to finish. Some mild earth is present on the post draw. As the last third progresses, the post draw earth moved up to medium minus strength.
Jiunn: The final third is less complex, namely losing the chalky cocoa that I loved so much within the first two thirds. The profile leaves me with a balanced mixture of red pepper spice and minerals. Strength and body is unchanged at medium plus.

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was slightly wavy at times, but never needed any attention. The ash held on through each third.
Seth: From beginning to end, the cigar smoked incredibly well.
John: The burn was relatively straight to open, and was uneven through the second. The burn eventually self corrected, and no intervention was required.
Jiunn: Burn performance was overall very good. The only negatives were a couple quick touch-ups required to get the burn back on track.

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Cannot say enough about the draw. Absolutely perfect.
John: The draw initially started out quite resistant, roughly 4 to 4-1/2 notches. As the first third progressed, the draw opened to 3-1/2 to 4 notches, putting it at an average rating.
Jiunn: The draw was also very good. A bit snug, even cutting towards the bottom of the head.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar was pretty basic, focused around wood, mustiness and black pepper. As it progressed, some dry earth joined in and the wood gained a toast note and later char. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 burned for quite a long time, so you’ll get a lengthy smoking time from it, but for me, the flavor profile didn’t do anything to hold my attention for that long. If this cigar is of interest to you, it’s worth a try to see what you think if you can track one down, but I don’t see it as something I’d really return to.
Seth: What a terrific blend. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 showed complexity and depth throughout. There was nice transitioning and overall great flavor. The cocoa powder, sweet spices and barnyard notes were great. Maya Selva does a great job with Honduran tobacco and that shows with a large portion of their releases. Year of the Ox 2021 is a large cigar, but it is never dull. The balance throughout was great and the cigar had my interest from beginning to end. This is a cigar I would come back to, and it makes me want to smoke past Flor de Selva releases I have enjoyed. The company fell off the radar for a short period of time, but if this is a taste of their return, then I look forward to the next Flor de Selva blend.
John: The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 was an enjoyable cigar with flavor combinations that were both nuanced and balanced through the entire review. Even with some of the flavors being at light strength, it kept my attention focused. The burn was flawless, and the draw had some significant resistance to it. I enjoyed the blending style of the Year of the Ox 2021 offering from Maya Selva and would happily light up another one. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Jiunn: Delicious. The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021 is one of those cigars in which it’s not highly complex, but it does a few simple things well. It captures your attention with a basic (good) set of flavors with chalky cocoa, red pepper spice and minerals. I would like to have more cigars like this for reviews please.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

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Seth Geise

SCORE

7.42

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.57

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Team Cigar Review: Maya Selva Flor de Selva Year of the Ox 2021
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