Riverside Lounge House Blend

Riverside Lounge House Blend

Origin : NicaraguaRiverside Lounge
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua Corojo 99
Binder : Nicaragua Criollo 98
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6

The Riverside Lounge House is a little place you’ll find in Louisville, Kentucky. If you enjoy a relaxing environment with low ambient lighting and a strain of jazz playing in the backdrop, you would probably feel right at home there. At the Riverside Lounge House, you can enjoy a local craft beer, good company and conversation, and your favorite stogie. Riverside also makes their own cigars, and they were kind enough to send me a sampler of their house blend.

Appearance : ★★★★★
This robusto has an Ecuadorian wrapper with a light golden brown color and a few prominent veins. You can detect a faint oily sheen. I love the band on this stogie; it features the Riverside Lounge House logo, a beautifully detailed graphic of a riverboat. The yellow banners enclosing the logo have an eye-catching effect with the light brown wrapper. Pre-light aroma seems to be some kind of wood.

Construction : ★★★★☆
Draw is nice and open (perhaps too much so) right from the start. The burn is impressively straight. This is a very well-made cigar.

Flavor : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)
This is where I was not as thrilled with the House Blend. The first third is largely cinnamon and something bread-y, against a backdrop of hay and oak. During the middle third, the wood note becomes more prominent, and then the cigar becomes sweet in the final third. Leather becomes very pronounced, and in the last third there is a strong nutty taste. I was not personally a big fan of the flavors, which I found a bit flat, but I can see where this would be highly subjective. If you enjoy grass and hay, leather, and a gentle sweet spiciness, you would probably really like this.

Value : ★★★★☆
The price for the Riverside Lounge House Blend is not bad at all. Since you can purchase these directly from the lounge, the price tag is quite reasonable (around $6.00). With the very nice construction, you can’t argue with that.

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆ (3.25)
In general, this is a decent cigar for the price. I was not personally a big fan because the flavor profile wasn’t really to my liking, but I can see where others might like it. The construction really is good, though, and the cost is low. If you’re in Louisville and drop by the lounge, you may want to give one a try. The lounge also sells plenty of favorites by popular brands.

One Comment on “Riverside Lounge House Blend”

  1. Thanks for taking the time and effort to review our cigar. Agree with your comments re: flavor being subjective. While we like the profile (obviously…LOL) we can appreciate that some won’t. Thanks again for taking the time to review, we really appreciate it.

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