Considered the flagship product for the Rodrigo line, it's clear that owner put a lot of attention into the blend of this cigar, and although this cigar isn’t always the most available or easy to find, if you are a true cigar smoker, you know the name
Construction - The kid in me got giddy at the idea that I got to smoke this in a lancero, which is perhaps one of my favorite vitolas, especially if it is done correctly. My issue with this cigar however, is that it was clear that it was lazily produced. It lacked smoothness and uniformity in terms of construction, with gaps left exposed in the wrapper, and showed off an undesirable and lazy cap structure with all but removed itself. More could have simply been done if someone would have taken the time and effort to roll this cigar correctly and what I got what a frankenstein effort at best
Burn - The cigar was easy on the draw and produces a plethora of smoke, which is very desirable in such thin vitola. The few challenges I had were abrupt outages which to be clear is not uncommon for the size, and typically easily corrected as combustion on minimal tobacco is a pretty easy process and one that rarely alters the flavor of the cigar
Flavor - What I really loved was the balance of flavors. This cigar is smooth creamy at the onset which remains the backbone of flavors all the way through. The icing on the cake for me was the introduction of mild christmas spices at about the halfway point which reinvigorates the palate and offsets the monotony and the great, but single dimension of the previously mentioned flavors. It finishes up with the same smooth and sweet balance but with an injection of floral undertones. There was absolutely no harshness at the finish, and for me that made this cigar a true finger burner.