I am back in the garage working on some guitar stuff. Today I am routing truss rod slots in a couple necks, then marking fretboard dots and side dots. Today’s cigar seems fitting given its tieback to music. The Elenor Rose from Serino Cigars is the first cigar to be released in their subdivision Studio Serino. Studio Serino is meant to be a way of showcasing more unique tobaccos, packaging, and concepts. This cigar certainly fits the bill. The name of this cigar pays homage to the song “Eleanor Rigby'' by The Beatles and the vitolas also make reference to the album “Revolver”. The “Rose” portion of the name comes from the Rosado wrapper. I have smoked one vitola of this cigar previously in a blind tasting, but I am anxious to try this size.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: La Corona Cigars, S.A.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru, & Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Vitola: 5 ¾ x 48 Lady
Price: $8.79 MSRP
Release Date: January 2022
Company Website: www.serinocigars.com
The band on this cigar is beautiful and artistic. It also plays well with the rosado wrapper. The cigar is firmly packed and fairly dense. The wrapper has a ton of texture to it and unfortunately a big split. I’m not sure what caused the split and I’m hoping it’ll smoke okay. It smells like molasses and raisins. The cold draw has some berries and grains. First light brings about tons of medium-full bodied smoke with full flavors of wood, toast, baking spices, and a bit of earth and black pepper. About 3/4 of an inch in everything has settled down to about medium. The draw has plenty of toast and wood yet, along with a bit of black pepper without the heat. The retrohale has a bit of pepper heat, some vegetal earth, and a fleeting earthy sweetness. Coming to the end of the first third there’s really not much to discuss. It’s performing perfectly. Approaching halfway there starts to be some subtle chocolate and sweetness joining the draw. The retrohale has a bit of a meatiness along with some slightly sweet cream. Hitting halfway I have reached the wrapper split and the wrapper is lifting but still burning. There’s a slightly burnt toast note that’s prominent on the draw at the moment. Entering the final third I have to touch the binder up on one side. The profile is full with some toast, earth, dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of charred wood. The retrohale really hasn’t changed throughout. Into the band I am back on good wrapper leaf. The performance continues to be good and the flavors are really just rolling along the same. Coming to an end at an hour and 42 minutes there’s not much really to report on the profile or performance.
All in all I thought this cigar was average. It has a solid, consistent profile with the only real transitions being in the level of intensity. There were some moments where flavors shuffled around, but there were no big changes and no moments where there were multiple layers of flavors to unpack. I think this is a very approachable cigar for any smoker really. It burned pretty long and performed wonderfully, even with the wrapper split. I think this would have really hit another gear if there was some sweetness or maybe even just more creaminess that was present for more of the cigar.
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