Corona, 5.5 x 42
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
|Cigar age||0 yr. 8.3 mo.|
BACKGROUND: Lou Rodriguez has always loved cigars and his father, who emigrated from Cuba to the US in the 1950s, had a dream of having his own cigar company one day. Thanks to Lou, that dream will live on in perpetuity because in 2011, Lou began crafting his own blend of cigars under his own name: Lou Rodriguez Cigars.
To produce his cigars, Lou joined forces with Gregorio Vasquez who owns a tobacco farm in Esteli, Nicaragua, which he started with his son, Greg in 2010. Lou Rodriguez cigars are hand rolled using traditional Cuban techniques in large part because almost everyone at the factory is originally from Cuba. Production is limited to only five thousand boxes per year based on tobacco yield and quality.
The Lou Rodriguez portfolio started in early 2011 with the release of the Edición Premier and Edición Reserva lines. That was followed in 2012 with the Connecticut and Habano-Rosado lines and finally the Lou Rod, a Nicaraguan puro that was released in 2013.
Like all of Lou Rodriguez's cigars (with the exception of the Connecticut), the Habano-Rosado is constructed in a box-pressed shape. The wrapper for the cigar is an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos.
There are 5 sizes of the Habano Rosado line and the cigar I'm reviewing is the 5.5 inch by 42 ring gauge Corona.
TASTING NOTES: The Habano Rosado started with sweet floral notes, allspice and white pepper. The flavors are very bright and lively during the first half inch, then the flavor and body mellowed somewhat, going into the second inch and beyond. The Corona showed good complexity and balance and I think that the Corona may be the perfect size for this blend.
The construction and burn were both excellent. The ash was scraggly and yet held firm, No problems at all with the construction and burn of the cigar.
FINAL THOUGHTS: In the second half, the cigar mellowed in body and flavor. This cigar's performance was marked by a strong beginning and then a mellowing, during which the complexities and nuances became more prominent.
The Lou Rodriguez Habano Rosado Corona is light to medium in body and strength and medium-full in flavor.
I think it will pair well with a medium-bodied Cognac, Rum or a non-peated Scotch. It would be the perfect accompaniment to coffee at any time of day.
These sticks are resting in my Daniel Marshal 165-count desktop humidor. The DM humidor has a polymer-filled plastic humidifier. I've had good luck with this type of humidity media. The Daniel Marshal humidors are also good at keeping the humidity stable.
This is the first of two reviews on this batch of cigars, which has now been resting in my humidor for 8 months and 4 days.
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