Brand: EloGio Country: Nicaragua
Size: Corona Extra 6 x 42 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $7.85 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
Simple and clean is the theme of the EloGio Serie Habano. Make sure you take note at the B&M of which cigar you bought, as there is no indication on the label of which EloGio you are smoking. The black text with a gold background is something that we in Nashville are very familiar with. If Vanderbilt University ever branches out into the art of cigar-making, they should totally rip this off.
What We Liked:
Perhaps more than any other stick I’ve experienced, the EloGio was a tale of two halves. Starting out with a bit of a tight draw, the flavor profile was very mild with a generic woodiness being dominant. A hint of peppery spice dips in and out to give the intro a little more diversity.
As I reached halfway, the draw began to open up and I believe I could hear angels rejoicing. The profile took on a much fuller body, letting in flavors of earth, sweet tobacco and a hint of cinnamon. At the risk of losing any credibility I probably don’t have, I swear there was also a hint of french fry thrown in here as well. I’m bracing for incoming tomato throwing.
Through to the final portion, the profile takes on a bit of a meaty note, which reminded me of the excellent Kristoff Corojo Limitada. The draw is silky at this point, allowing smoke to envelope your palate with deliciousness.
What We Didn’t Like:
Both of the sticks smoked experienced the same tight draw and drastic flavor shift once the smoke opened up. If I could get my hands on a Serie Habano that had a perfect draw right from the start, I would have a cigar that would easily be considered box-worthy. I feel lucky, however, to have a B&M nearby that stocks the EloGio line, so I will be able to revisit and see if my two samples were flukes or simply par for the course.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes, if you are lucky enough to live near to one of the shops on the short list of retailers from the EloGio website. The second half of the stick is delicious, featuring a profile full of rich flavors. The price point isn’t too shabby either, being in the $7-$8 range. If you end up with a stick that is flawless from the beginning, you’ll be in for one hell of a great smoke. Be sure to let me know if you experience that french fry note as well. I’m convinced I’m not crazy.