Oscar Valladares is one of those names that has been popping up a lot over the last few years. I covered this in my review of the Wild Hunter Natural, so I won’t go into too much detail here. I’m guessing you—the ardent cigar enthusiast—have smoked at least one of the various Leaf by Oscar cigars, so I’ll just reaffirm that this is the Oscar that such cigars are referring to.

Here on the Dojo, we have given a lot of love to many of Oscar’s blends. The Super Fly Maduro garnered a very nice rating and was featured on an episode of Flavor Odyssey. The Wild Hunter Natural is a solid smoke, while the Altar Q and Ciserón Edition also received rave reviews. So the expectations were high for the Super Fly Connecticut—a 2020 followup to the buzzed-about Super Fly Maduro cigar.

Oscar Valladares Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona cigar box closed

Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Honduran Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Dominican Republic | Honduras | Nicaragua
  • Factory: Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. (Honduras)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Vitola: 5¼″ × 45 “Super Corona”
  • Price: $9.00 (MSRP)

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Appearance

The Super Fly Connecticut has a flashy look to it. The name and the design pay homage to the 1972 film of the same name, directed by Gordon Parks Jr. The film is probably best known for the amazing soundtrack provided by Curtis Mayfield. I digress. The band is very large and eye-catching. It features bright pink lettering on a black background. The pink lettering differs from the purple that was used on the maduro band.

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Smoking Experience

The pre-light experience was rather enjoyable. The Honduran Connecticut wrapper was toothy, with notes of saltine crackers, hay, and some mild cabinet spices. The cold draw was packed with notes of honey, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nougat, and cedar.

Oscar Valladares Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona cigar ash side view

I sparked it up and was a bit disappointed with the initial flavor output. There was a strong mineral vibe that reminded me of the smell of cement after rain. It’s a nice image, but not the best flavor, in my opinion. Notes of charred anise and sugar cookies rounded out the beginning portion of the experience.

I removed the band as we hit the middle of the cigar and I was hopeful for a turnaround. The mineral notes dissipated and were replaced by cedar and cinnamon, to go along with the sugar cookie element. After an inch, I was hit with a blast of black pepper on the retrohale, which threw off the balance that began to appear. The final third was a continuation of this muddled profile that never managed to find balance.

Oscar Valladares Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona cigar smoking

Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?

Negative, Ghostrider. Actually, I would like to try the toro and see if that size performs better.

Additional Info
  • The Super Fly Connecticut was originally released at the Tobacco Plus Expo in late January of 2020.
  • It debuted in the Super Corona size and the Super Toro was added later that year.
  • Super Fly Maduro was featured on an episode of Flavor Odyssey.

Profile
  • Flavor: Medium-Minus
  • Strength: Mild-Plus
  • Body: Mild-Plus
Core Flavors
  • Sugar cookies
  • Cinnamon
  • Cedar
  • Black pepper
Tips
  • Smoke Time: 55 minutes
  • Pairing Recommendation: Coffee and cream | Cream soda | Topo Chico
  • Purchase Recommendation: Give one a shot. Maybe you’ll have a better experience than I did.

Oscar Valladares Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona cigar nub finished

Super Fly Connecticut Super Corona
This was a letdown. I’ve enjoyed many of Oscar’s blends and I had high hopes for this one, but it missed the mark. The construction was spot on, which is something we have come to expect from Oscar’s factory. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the Super Fly Connecticut. The market for Connecticut cigars is tough these days. It’s really hard to differentiate yourself from the crowd, and this particular blend falls short. This does not change my opinion of Oscar’s cigars. He is a very good blender, and I won’t hesitate to reach for his next release. In fact, I’m tempted to try this blend in the Super Toro size and see if the larger ring gauge helps even out the experience.
Appearance85%
Burn/Construction91%
Draw88%
Flavor74%
Complexity74%
Price/Value74%
Pros
  • Great construction
Cons
  • Uninteresting flavors
  • Lack of direction
  • Short finish on the palate
81%Not Super
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