Familia Rodriguez Tobacos
Left Hand Cigar Co.
WRAPPER: Habano & Habano Maduro
FORMAT: Toro. Barber pole. Closed foot
Sweet & sour; bright & shadowy. Like Lucy, I got some splainin' to do. Sweet notes of table sugar and Acacia honey (pale, mild, floral & vanilla lilts) ride in on the back of lemony sour bits. These primaries are braced high by a blonde roasted java note acidity. Under that is a white pepper & chocolate caramel. Then some exotic spice melange which dips into a clay earthen underbelly. I taste daisies.
Shadowy? Yes... bright notes cast their effects on lesser-bright notes. A layering effect which is nuance build upward, not downward. This gives the profile an un-tethered feeling. Complex in a simple sweet/sour manner yet not in any other way. Transitions occur via crisp imbalance in a sweet-sour. sour-sweet, sweet-sour, so on & so forth manner.
Aroma is noted pepper-spices carried on a buttery suede which gets added to the draw come mid-point. Smoke out-put is a tick less than moderate. Burn-line is puckered at times but even most often. The Maduro leaf combusts lesser/slower than does the Habano.
The Habano portion is also more delicate and chips some. Ash builds that really doesn't -- read: flaky. Draws somewhat hesitantly at times. No hard/soft spots, cap assemblage gets dinged a bit, seams don't. All told a light-hearted smoke with heavy feet.
FINAL GRADE: B
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59