This Lou Rodriguez Edición Premier has a mottled, dark brown wrapper in a relatively soft, box-press. It has quite a rough exterior from the bunching inside, but the wrapper itself has minimal veins and smooth seams. Although, I can feel various soft mad hard spots throughout. The wrapper smells like a sweet mix of leather & tobacco. The cold draw is effortless, with notes of leather and earth.
Wrapper: San Andres Negro
The first third of the Lou Rodriguez Edición Premier starts off with bold flavors, a slight spice and plumes of thick white smoke. The dominant flavor is leather with a smooth black pepper spice. The spice is very noticeable on the retrohale and caught me off guard. As this third ends, a coffee note emerges and shares the stage with the leather and black pepper spice. Bold flavors, nice spice, thick smoke, solid ash and a razor sharp burn. Very impressed so far.
The second third introduces a dark, fruity sweetness to the coffee and leather. The smoke production off this cigar is ridiculous! That's a good thing. This pretty much sums up the entire second third, along with the black pepper spice in the background. And the burn continued to be razor sharp, with a great ash.
In the final third, things start to change up a bit. The sweetness has gone and the coffee has become more bitter, with a leather aftertaste. Probably my least favorite section of this cigar, but it was enjoyable, with all the flavor nuances. Until I got towards the end of the Edición Premier, when, no matter what I tried, I kept getting a strong, bitter taste.
The first two thirds of the Lou Rodriguez Edición Premier were great, and I was definitely impressed. The exterior was lumpy but the construction was spot on and the precise burn and solid ash proved it. The end of the final third was the only disappointing thing about this cigar, and that could very possibly have just been a one-off incident. I would like to thank Lou Rodriguez Cigars for the sample as well, it is appreciated!
84 - Couple - - If I was in a shop, I would pick up one or two.