The LH Colorado is one of three cigars offered by LH Premium Cigars. LH Premium Cigars is a company founded by tobocconists Nick Syris and Omar Nasr. Originally the line was offered for Lavida Habana Cigar Lounges in the Middle East. Last year, the company turned its attention to the U.S. market. This past July, the company had a presence at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. It was at the trade show they officially unveiled its LH Colorado offering. Recently I’ve had an opportunity to smoke the LH Colorado in the Robusto format. Overall I see a lot of promise for LH going forward and the LH Colorado has all of the ingredients of being a hit cigar in the U.S. market.
LH Cigars are produced out of the company’s factory in Costa Rica. They offer three blends: LH Claro (featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper), LH Colorado (featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper), and LH Maduro (featuring an Ecuadorian Criollo wrapper).
As a part of the strategy in the U.S. market, the company introduced new banding to all of its cigars. The new banding features a more intricate design and was designed to appeal to consumers in the U.S.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the LH Colorado Robusto and see what this cigar brings to the table.
The LH Colorado features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The specifics of the binder and filler have not been disclosed, but the blend is said to contain tobaccos from Brazil, Nicaragua, and Peru. As mentioned, the cigars are produced in Costa Rica.
The LH Colorado is available in three sizes. The cigars are packaged in twenty count boxes.
Robusto: 5 x 52
Toro: 5 1/2 x 55
Gordo: 6 x 60
The LH Colorado Robusto’s Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has a medium brown color to it with a light cinnamon colored tint to it. The wrapper is one of the smoothest ones I have seen this year. It has a light sheen of oil to it. The veins and wrapper seams that are visible are quite thin. The cigar also features a covered footer.
The new band design of the LH Colorado features a black, red, and gold foil color scheme. The center of the band has the LH logo which consists of a black shield with “LH” in gold. Above the logo is the text “LAVIDA HABANA” in small white font on a red colored semi-oval shaped background. Below the logo is the text “PREMIUM CIGARS” – also in white font on a red colored semi-oval shaped background. The remainder of the band is adorned with red, gold, and black adornments.
Preparation for the Cigar Experience
Prior to lighting up the LH Colorado Robusto, I went with my usual choice of a straight cut. After successfully clipping the cap, I moved on to the pre-light draw. The cold draw delivered a licorice sweetness and some floral spice. Overall I considered the pre-light draw of the LH Colorado Robusto to be excellent. At this point, I was ready to fire up this cigar and see what the overall smoking experience would bring to the table.
The start to the LH Colorado Robusto delivered a mix of white pepper, natural tobacco, as well as the licorice sweetness I had detected on the pre-light draw. The licorice notes became the primary notes early on. The natural tobacco and white pepper were secondary notes, but the white pepper was quite prominent on the retro-hale.
By the second third, I found the natural tobacco notes to become more prominent and join the licorice notes in the forefront. As the LH Colorado reached the midway point, I found the natural tobacco became the primary note. During this stage, there was a slight floral component to the natural tobacco flavor. Meanwhile, the licorice notes became secondary joining the white pepper. I also picked up a subtle nut flavor during throughout most of the second third.
By the last third, I found the white pepper and licorice notes increased moving back on equal ground with the natural tobacco. This flavor profile held until the end of the cigar experience. The end of the cigar was flavorful right until the end with no harshness. The resulting nub was excellent – firm to the touch and cool in temperature.
Burn and Draw
The burn line to the LH Colorado had a slight amount of jagged-ness to it. This proved to be more cosmetic and was easily remedied with some touch-ups. I did not consider the amount of touch-ups required to be excessive. The LH Colorado still maintained a straight burn path and didn’t tunnel, canoe, nor meander. The resulting ash had a salt and pepper color and came off the cigar in nice clean chunks. The burn rate and burn temperature were ideal.
The draw to the LH Colorado Robusto performed quite well. It was not too tight, nor was it too loose. This was an open draw that had a decent amount of smoke production.
Strength and Body
From a strength perspective, I found the LH Colorado Robusto to be on the upper end of medium. I didn’t find much fluctuation in the strength during the smoking experience. As for the body, I found it to be medium to full throughout the smoking experience. There was a slight increase in body during the smoking experience. In terms of strength versus body, I gave the edge to the body.
The LH Colorado is a nice addition to LH’s portfolio. Back when I smoked the LH Maduro, I found it exhibited a classic maduro profile. With the LH Colorado, I found this to be a little more of an out of the box blend for a Habano. I really enjoyed the sweetness this cigar delivered. Sometimes a cigar can have “too much sweetness”, but this was not the case with the LH Colorado as it delivered just the right amount. The flavor kept me interested in this cigar from start to finish. This is a cigar I’d recommend to an experienced cigar enthusiast, but its also one I’d recommend to a novice looking to go “medium / medium plus”. As for myself, this is a cigar I’d smoke again – and it’s one worthy of a box split.
Body: Medium to Full
Assessment: 3.5-Box Split
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