Cigar Review: Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines – Rated 89

Back about a year ago, Familia Rodriguez Tobacos LLC which is the parent company of Ohana Cigars created a new brand known as Left Hand Cigar Company. They launched with two introductory cigars, Blurred Lines and Lefthander. Today I would offer a review of the Blurred Lines offering.

Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines

I received some samples of the Left Hand Cigar Co. cigars from my Hawaiian Brothers of the Leaf earlier this year, after their annual No Joke Smoke event and I would say I liked the look of this cigar. It is available in a single 6 x 54 Barber Pole vitola that has a closed foot and a blend that is described as:

  • Wrappers – Habano and Habano maduro
  • Binder – Nicaraguan
  • Filler – Nicaraguan

The Blurred Lines comes packaged in 5, 10, and 20-count bundles with a MSRP of $11.00/cigar. I have seen them for sale on some sites like the Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge along with Cigar Federation for $10.00, though at the time of this writing they were out of stock.


Pre-Light Examination

The Left Hand Cigars, Blurred Lines, is a decent looking barber pole that has a fine contrast of light and dark wrapper leaf. It is a bit veiny and has a fine sheen in the light. The cap is simple and the cigar is finished with a closed foot, which is quite common for cigars Ryan Rodriguez and Ohana Cigars have made in the past.

There is a single band that adorns the Blurred Lines, which is the same on this and the Lefthander, the other blend in the brand. The band contains a silhouette of a left hand grasping a cigar and the phrase “Left Hand Cigar Co.” printed in blue on a white background. The bottom of the band includes the two R’s, one of rich is a mirror image of the other, signifying Ryan Rodriguez.

Running the Blurred Lines along the nose, I picked up a pungent note along the barrel and a touch of natural tobacco sweetness off the foot. Still intrigued a bit, and knowing the craft of Ryan with his Ohana brand, I moved onto slicing the cap with my double blade cutter, giving it an even straight cut.

The cold draw a was a bit snug, which is to be expected with the closed foot. It did however, offer a light pepper note on the lips along with earth and touch of sweetness. As I rolled it about the the pepper did grow before igniting it for the journey to come.

I used my single flame torch lighter to gently toast the foot which took to the flame quickly and presented a delectable array of pepper, chocolate, and nut notes to get things going.


Cigar Review Notes

Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
  • Initial light offered gentle pepper and chocolate notes
  • A nut aroma quickly filled the air around me
  • Earthiness entered- joining the pepper
  • Medium grey ash evolved resting on a thick char line
  • Roasted coffee bean notes appear after an inch with a slight bitterness
  • Cedar notes fill in the early profile with a sliver of citrus peal to brighten things up
  • Full volume of smoke
  • Burn looks great so far with a solid ash
  • The maduro leaf show a slight oil development
  • Pleasant cigar so far
  • Once the ash fell it revealed a slightly off-centered burn cone
  • Light spice enters in second with a lingering coffee note
  • Off burn starts to develop into a canoe effect which eventually required a touch-up
  • Almond notes enter deep in second third
  • Spice continues to grow through the final third
  • Strength has moved up to medium full
  • Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 40 minutes

Overall, the Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines offered a intriguing array of flavor notes that continued to keep my attention from foot to nub. I especially enjoyed the almond and roasted coffee bean notes along with the early chocolate. I would certainly describe this as a complex profile. The construction was fine through the first third, but then it started to burn off once the ash fell and required a major touch-up to get things corrected. I might buy another if I saw this on the shelf as I enjoyed the flavor profile. I rate this an 89.

Point Deductions: (-4) Canoe; (-1) Medium Grey Ash; (-1) Touch-up; (-1) Slightly Off-Centered Burn Cone; (-1) Might Buy Another

Bonus Point: (+1) Nice Oiling on the Maduro Leaf

Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines
Left Hand Cigar Co. Blurred Lines

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