Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sungrown Oscuro (Somoto)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $6.50-$8.00
To some, Elogio is not a new cigar, but to me I found out about this manufacturer just recently on a trip to Houston to visit Smoke Ring cigar store. I was introduced to a few new brands there of which I was surprised to how good they smoked. Elogio is manufactured in the town of Somoto, Northwest of the famous city of Esteli. Elogio has several lines of cigars that include the LSV, Habano, and Excepcionales (a double torpedo).
The Serie LSV has an oily dark brown leathery wrapper with some minor dark blotchiness and very small veins. It is traditionally adorned with a carefully placed triple cap. The band is simple and attractive with not much pomp. The wrapper has aromas of mainly leather, citrus oil, and bitter sweet chocolate and the foot has just a faint leatheriness.
Construction appears top notch from looking at the cigar. The cigar is solid with no soft spots and seams are tight. The triple cap is a nice ode to Cuban style crafting. Lighting was easy with my triple flame lighter. Smoke production is plentiful and creamy. Unfortunately this is where the positives stopped though. The cigar had some burn problems and would canoe down one side and go out if not frequently puffed on,… a little annoying considering this happened in more than one sample. The filler tends to splay out as the burn line continues down the cigar and the wrapper tends to burn very slowly and go out. More than likely these cigars need to be dry boxed for a significant amount of time as each consecutive sample I smoked was dry boxed longer than the previous.
Flavor : (3.25)
After lighting the initial profile starts out with some mild Nica pepperiness more like cayenne than black pepper. Leather notes dominate after a few puffs, but not really getting much more than that.
1st Third: The pepperiness from the start continues farther into the first third of this cigar. Leather and hazelnuts are what I detect most now, and the finish is citrusy acidic but the smoke is very creamy and thick. A little cinnamon also sneaks into the aftertaste of the smoke. It’s not knocking my socks off with flavor at this point but the profile is relaxing and quite good. The body is hitting squarely in the full category.
2nd Third: The second third loses almost all of the pepperiness. The creaminess seems to be the focal point, and nutty flavors dominate. A little bit of floral kick weaves in and out of the profile. All in all,… just creamy. The amount of smoke is perplexing on the draw. Some draws you only get a little smoke and then sometimes you get so much your tongue feels like its wearing velvet. There is a lingering sweetness leftover from the thick smoke on your palate though.
3rd Third: Cream, cream, and more cream. The LSV displays a unique musky quality that is different from any other cigar I have smoked in a long while. There still seems to be a tiny bit of nuttiness but it's hard to discern. I have to admit the finish is quite nice and pretty intriguing.
I suppose anything south of $8 is satisfactory in my book with this cigar. It has premium tobacco obviously and shows some tender loving care in production. The flavors are unique enough to find a place in many people’s smoking rotations.
Overall Rating :
Burn problems aside, this cigar displays a fairly unique amount of flavors for Nicaraguan tobacco. The curing process and location of the farmed tobacco seems to give it this flavor profile ‘cause there isn’t anything like this cigar. The creaminess of the smoke is quite awesome and the musky character is a little cubanesque. The sweetness in the aftertaste left on my palate after expelling the smoke in my mouth is also a plus in my book. The overall body hits near the full meter. Something, for me though, is missing in this blend, and doesn’t really strike a cord that would have me pulling the trigger to buy many of these cigars (maybe it’s just plainly not my profile). I think the strongest point of this cigar is the fact, I believe, that this cigar will appeal to a wide range of smokers. So give it a try. Elogio might be your new favorite smoke. Keep smoking my friends,…