Cigar Review: Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge House Blend

Cigar Review: Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge House Blend

Riverside Cigars & Lounge
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo 98)
Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo 99)
Size: 5″ x 50
Strength: medium

Overall Rating: 8.7

Situated off the Ohio River in the Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky area sits a classy little cigar lounge specializing in fine bourbons and craft beers. Opened in May 2012, Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge is the kind of place where jazz plays as gentlemen sip spirits and smoke cigars. There is always some kind event going on from pairing seminars with Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman to a dinner with Jonathan Drew.

Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I’m not big on house blends because they are often of inferior quality. I rarely review them for that reason. However, when I sat down with a sample of the Riverside Cigar, my prejudices against house blends were all forgotten. Produced by Noel Rojas of Guayacan Cigars, this medium bodied cigar is packed with flavor. If you are in the Louisville area, it is certainly worth paying a visit to Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge to pick up a few for your humidor.

Pre-Light: The yellow and blue/grey band is set off nicely against the tan wrapper of this cigar. An image of an old steam paddle wheeler on the Ohio River graces the band of this cigar’s band, but the color does make it hard to make out the image at first.

This is a well constructed cigar. Its tan wrapper is smooth and lack any prominent veins. The pre-light draw is very smooth and easy. An aroma of oak and peanut come from the unlit foot of this cigar.

Burn: The burn on this cigar is razor sharp. I have never personally encountered such a well constructed house blend cigar. The draw is near perfect, and this cigar produces plumes of flavorful white smoke.

Flavor: Graham cracker and cinnamon dominate the first third of the Riverside cigar. Hints of grass and leather join the existing flavors after the first quarter of an inch. Going into the second third of the cigar, cedar joins the existing flavors. There is a nice sweetness during this part of the cigar. The final third of the Riverside cigar has a distinctly cream of wheat flavor that blends well with the graham cracker, cinnamon, leather and oak notes of this flavorful cigar. Peanuts as well as oak and leather are among the more dominant flavors of the last inch and a half of the a Riverside cigar.

Overall: I am not a fan of “house blend” cigars. Rarely can a house blend meet the quality and construction of known cigar manufacturers. Somehow Riverside, in pairing with Guayacan Cigars, has managed to defy my expectations by producing a very memorable cigar. Were it not for the fact I’d have to go all the way to southern Indiana, I would certainly have added a box to my collection. In fact, next time I’m in Ohio visiting family I plan on picking some up in person. This is a really impressive little cigar.

Pairing: When it comes to pairing, a good bourbon is the best choice. Hudson Baby Bourbon or Sam Houston American Straight Whiskey are my personal choices for pairing with the Riverside Cigar. Angel’s Envy Bourbon, 1792 Bourbon and Calumet Farm Bourbon are also great choices. For the scotch drinker Aberlour 12, Grangestone 18, Glenfarclas 17 or Balvenie Tun 1401 will all compliment this cigar nicely.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars and some photos for this review were provided by Jeff & Sara Mouttet of Riverside Cigar Shop and Lounge. We are never under any obligation to review samples we receive. As always, we try to remain impartial when reviewing cigars.

Visit Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge at:
201 Spring Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Ph: 812-725-7475
www.riversidecigars.com