The Lou Rod Double Nickel is the first new release from the company in a year and is meant to be their "I'm back" statement. It definitely has the looks, lets see if it has the goods. Excuse the pics, I JUST moved and all of my cigar supplies are still in boxes.
Lou Rodriguez Double Nickel
Size: 5.5 x 55
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $8
Smoking Time: 95 Minutes
Cigar Purchased: Sample provided by Lou Rodriguez Cigars
Quick Note: For this review we used my rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The wrapper on the Lou Rod Double Nickel, is mottled brown, kinda like the darker brown was brushed on with water colors. It's also fairly veiny, with a nice shine from the oils. Wrapped with a very large, attention grabbing, diamond-shaped, orange and black band. The band just appeared to have a sports theme from the beginning, and if you read up on it you will find that it is tied to sports. But, it also ties into it's 55 ring gauge. The prelight aroma was semi sweet, with some vague leather and then a heavy floral. And I do mean heavy.
The first third of the Double Nickel start off very pleasant and smooth. I am not picking up any spice at all. The first couple puffs were heavy on the cedar notes, with backgrounds of leather and sweet tobacco. As I progressed though, that floral note from the prelight, starts to make an appearance. It is a little sweet, but only slightly, with a floral "flavor" that I can't describe, and a slight tingle on the tongue, though not a spicy tingle. The smoke production stayed medium and the ash was solid. Looked like it would hold on well, but it fell off at about 3/4".
The second third of the Lou Rod Double Nickel changes up a bit. The leather notes start to make a more pronounced appearance. I am also hit with a delicious, bitter-dry chocolate flavor. Although, it only lasts a few minutes, it was very strong and pronounced. Towards the end of this third, the cedar really ramps up and I get random, faint hits of cocoa. The smoke picked up as well and the ash was night nice and tight, but only held for about 1/2" to 3/4".
The final third of the Double Nickel got a little bit harsh on me, but I may have been smoking just a tad quicker than usual. I saw the return of the floral, not as strong as in the beginning, but it was pretty strong. I also started to get a little bit of a dry feeling in my mouth, but nothing major. Definitely have to keep it slow in the final third, or a very strong bitterness will take over.
Final thoughts? This is a very interesting cigar. Which, is exactly what Lou Rodriguez and Justin Andrews were aiming for. This wouldn't be an everyday smoke for me, but the size and MSRP are there to put it on some peoples rotation. It was a good cigar, with some very interesting flavors. It just didn't hit me right for something I would go out and purchase, but I would definitely smoke more if I got a hold of them.
Overall Rating: 83 AKA “If I Had Them”