During my time at IPCPR 2013 I discovered a lot of brands I was not familiar with. Elogio was one of those brands. The husband and wife team was their with their daughter, which really showed the dynamics of this company, and they were all very pleasant to talk to. Very enthusiastic to speak about their brand and love of the industry. So, today I am going to review the Elogio LSV Corona Extra. A size that is a personal favorite.
Very well constructed, with almost invisible seams. Minimal veins, and a an even, dark chocolate brown color. The cold draw is very smooth, and consists mostly of a semi-sweet tobacco and a hint of leather.
The first draw of the Elogio LSV is a strong, burnt wood note, that quickly changes to smokey-leather flavor. I am getting notes of leather & wood, with a sweet cream note as an aftertaste, and a very smooth retrohale. The flavors are quite complex, but also very smooth and enjoyable. The smoke is thick, the ash is a light grey and the burn is impeccable.
The second third of the Elogio LSV continues with a lot of the same characteristics. The smoke continues to pour out and the burn and ash are perfect. On my lips I have a smooth, creamy sweetness and I am mostly tasting a light leather with cedar notes. There is a great tasting sweetness that has been a smooth, sweet cream flavor to this point. But suddenly I start getting an apricot note as well.
The final third of the Elogio LSV keeps,in line with the fist two thirds. Thick white smoke, solid light, grey ash and a razor burn. I still get mostly cedar and leather notes, with the same sweetness left on my lips and tongue. Sweet cream is the closest I can align it to, and it is very good. The ash on the first two thirds held on quite well, but the last third drops off after about half an inch. No big deal.
This isn't a new submission to the market, being a few years released, but I don't hear much about them. A major shame after this experience. This Elogio LSV burned with no need to touch up and with a cool burn to the end. Definitely need to see more of these around. And with a yearly production under 50,000, they are truly boutique.