Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Vitola: Favoritos (6 ¼ x 42)
Purchase Link: HVC La Rosa 520
La Rosa 520 Favoritos Review – California
Summary: The first few puffs offer spicy mixed nuts. The spice is real with this one, holy cow. Pad Thai-esque. Savory mushrooms nestle in as the spice dies down. The ash holds on for about two inches before needing to be tapped.
The flavors in the second third remain pleasant, though I did have to touch up the burn. There is a subtle brown sugar sweetness, which bumps the complexity.
I relit it at the onset of the final third and all the flavors intensified. Coffee works its way in to close out this smoke in style.
If You Like That, You Might Like This:When a cute bartender brings you another pint on the house.
Pairing Suggestion: Caramel Macchiato.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
La Rosa 520 Favoritos Review – Wisconsin
Summary: This cigar started with a lot of creaminess, spice, and breadiness. The spice was prominent in the beginning, but little did I realize how much it would later come to dominate the flavor profile.
I also tasted peanut, hay, cereal grain, and cedar. But it was mostly creamy, bready, and spicy. The spice built and intensified, and was joined with pepper. Occasionally the pepper and spice would recede and caramel notes with cocoa sweetness would jump in. But overall, the flavor profile was dominated by the spice and pepper combo. The other flavors didn't hold their own comparatively, and that made the cigar seem unbalanced.
The construction of the cigar was great. The draw was right on and the burn needed no attention at all. It also burned very slowly, lasting quite a lot longer than I would have anticipated.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Slow burns, both in terms of slowly-burning cigars and in terms of the buildup of spice and pepper flavors on your tongue.
Pairing Suggestion: Coca-Cola.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
La Rosa 520 Favoritos Review – Oregon
Summary: The wrapper has a slightly perfumed scent to it, which is oddly intriguing. There is also a sweet natural tobacco scent coming from the wrapper. The cold draw is slightly tight but has some really nice flavors of cereal grain graham cracker and dry wood.
Starting out with a nice combo of charred cedar and orange peels with leather and strong coffee in the finish. Retrohaling is just a major blast of pepper spices! Becoming a bit creamier with more of a latte flavor than strong coffee. Also, some baking spices are jumping in the mix to keep things interesting.
All of a sudden, the pepper spice backs way off...profile is mellowing which is in turn causing the flavors to meld and lose some distinction. But, perfect Burn and tons of smoke this far from this little gem.
Midway through and smooth is the name of the game. Cedar, mild coffee, a hint of caramel. Additionally, a bit of saltiness and the mildest of heat at the very end round out the middle of the cigar.
Last third added floral notes and a hint of sweetness mixed with leather, mild wood, and soft coffee flavor.
If You Like That, You Might Like This:If you like this then you like every ride on the Midway at the fair!
Pairing Suggestion: I found this cigar to be quite complex, so I’d pair it with something very mild like iced tea. You’ll not want to miss the subtleties!
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Easy box purchase here!
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