BACKGROUND: 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, 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 featuring today is the 5.5 inch by 42 ring gauge Corona.
FEATURED LIBATION: Pierre Ferrand Cigare Cognac
Based on what I have read on the subject, apparently the “cigar” cognacs aren’t gimmicks; they’re specially selected blends that are notably mellow, round and woody, which is just the thing we would like to savor between puffs. There are many notable cigar cognac blends; from Hine Cognac, Davidoff, Pinar del Rio and, of course, the Pierre Ferrand, among many others.
Most experts have said that the Cognacs go best with a medium-bodied cigar. If that’s true, we may have the quintessential match between this Lou Rodriguez and the Pierre Ferrand.
This bottle of fine cognac runs around $60-$70/750ml bottle.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
- Doc heading to the Dominican Republic and the Pro Cigar Festival next weekend. NO PODCAST in 2 WEEKS
- Next week: Interview with RoMa Craft Tobac co-founder, Skip Martin, from his factory in Nicaragua
- Musings about how cigars and people change with time and how that affects our perception of cigars
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Regius White Label Toro
This review features the Regius White Label Toro. I first featured this cigar and the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 345 back on Sunday, January 12, 2013. After more than an extra year of aging in my humidor, these sticks have a total of 1 year, 2 months and 13 days.
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