Friday, November 15, 2013

Rodrigo La Fortaleza Cinco 5 Toro

The Rodrigo La Fortaleza Cinco 5 Toro is the first Rodrigo cigar I have had the opportunity to smoke. Rodrigo Cigars are part of the House of Emilio cigar line up and I am pretty excited to give the La Fortaleza Cinco 5 a spin.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6 x 55 Toro
  • Origin:  Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper:  Dominican Oscuro
  • Binder:Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Price: $7.75
Rodrigo La Fortaleza Cinco 5
The La Fortaleza Cinco is a Dominican Puro with a dark Oscuro wrapper; oscuro wrappers are one of my personal favorites. Looking at the wrapper it looks, thick, meaty and tasty with a small amount of tooth and fairly smalls veins. Putting the cigar to my nose I could sense notes of spicy cedar and earth from the wrapper and the foot. Since this was a pigtail cigar I clipped the end instead of using a punch. The cold draw was firm, but not to tight and I could taste notes of mocha and cedar that lingered on my palate.

Once the La Fortaleza Cinco was toasted and burning, the first few draws had a nice flavor mix of chocolate, cedar and a hint of mild black pepper. After the first quarter of an inch the pepper disappeared completely. I also tested the flavor mix by retro hailing which  produced a nice flavor mix of earth and chocolate.

As the burn progressed up the cigar, the burn line became a bit jagged, but no where close to needing correction and left behind a firm looking white ash. At the one third mark the ash fell without any help. This stick also produced a high volume of smoke with a nice robust earthy aroma.

In the final third the flavor mix shifted slightly as the earthiness decreased and the coffee notes increased creating my favorite flavor mix of dark roasted mocha--or as I like to call it, burnt mocha
Overall this cigar didn't have a very complex flavor mix, but that's fine in my book, it was a total chocolate bomb! I look forward to smoking many more of these great tasting Rodrigo La Fortaleza Cinco 5 cigars. If you like this flavor mix like I do, I think you will really enjoy this cigar. I do believe will make  my top 10 list of cigars smoked this year.

Appearance and construction: 19
Flavor: 19.5
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 19
Purchased Price: 18
Total: 94.5

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