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I have only smoked one so far, the Consul 448. I don't know if I agree with the CI description. In my opinion the flavor was mostly dark wood. The burn and construction were typical JDN, very nice. I thought the cigar was rather full bodied and powerful, maybe even a little green. I think I will age my remaining Rosalones before I try another.
AWESOME! Thick, chewy, peppery, sweet, rich tobacco. Not as much of a powerhouse as the Antano line which is too strong for me. This is definetly on the full side of medium OR on the light side of full, however you want to look at it. Definately a notch down from the Antano. I have smoked 2 of the 448 Rosalones and took my time with both. Great after a meal. Hope you continue to stock them.
I ordered a box of the 650's. If the Antano 1970 is the Heavyweight Champion of full bodied, full flavored, drop you to your knees cigars, Rosalones is the Openweight Superfight Champion of medium-full bodied, "Oh my God, I can't believe this was $70 a box" cigars. I've been smoking Antano's for years now, and I love them. Taste and construction wise, these are right in line with the Antano 1970 and the Dark Corojo. Awesome value... maybe the best bang for your buck CI offers!
I got a pack of these on Joe's daily deal. I figured anything from Joya de Nicaragua had to be good. Not only were these good, but they were great. These dark reddish brown wrapped sticks are packed well and smell great pre-light. Upon lighting I was hit with lots of good sweet tobacco on my palette. I would call this a medium plus smoke. The body is there and the strength is just shy of JdN antano or dark corojo line. In comparison to the JdN celebracion, I would say these have more flavor and gusto. Lastly, the price point is unbeatable for such a great smoke. I'm adding these to my humidor by the box now. I highly recommend trying them if you want a bold, flavorful smoke that is really well balanced.
Picked up a 10 pack on MMAO, taste unknown, and based on my affection for the JdN Fuerte Serie B. JdN is becoming one of my favorite, trusted, consistent, and quality brands. I'm not a great describer of flavors, but I can tell you this is definitely consistent with the peppery, spicy, rich and chewy description attributed to other JdN offerings. The Rosalones is a slow burning, great tasting stick that is affordably priced. If you are a fan of JdN, or are interested in trying the brand, you will want to try this one. Personally, I would classify this cigar on the full side of medium. This brand is the prime example of the meaning of a great value. Throw in MMAO, and you cant lose. JdN, CI, and MMAO......perfect together.
I just got a 10-pack of these from Joe's Daily Deal. I was not familiar with the brand, but after reading the reviews, decided to give 'em a shot. Man, that was a great decision. I've only had one, but it was a wonderful experience that I look forward to having again. The draw and burn were flawless, and the flavor was powerful, but so smooth. This is a very relaxing smoke, and mixes well with a good bourbon or scotch.
Starts out with that peppery spice that I love, specially thru the nose. A little heavy on the back of the palate but very rich. Earthy flavors dominate the palate with some sweet tobacco and a dry woody finish. Mid way thru it settles to a creamy mouth feel. Very nice for full bodied lovers. Rich stout to go with.
The 448 Consul is a keeper! Being a big fan of JDN products, I was eager to try the so called "tamer" version they were calling Rosalones. Well long story short, this is a delicious, full bodied, full flavored vitola, reeking with pepper, spice & everything nice, as we have come to expect for JDN. I really don't think they could make a medium cigar, or would even want to, for that matter. No, they are the full bore, hard core bad boys & we love them for that. This oddly sized cigar, 4.7" X 48rg is unusual. To me, it's the correct dimension ring gauge for the perfect Corona. It smokes like a Petite Corona too. Slightly tight draw, with a near perfect burn & a firm ash. Flavors like tea, light pepper & anise build during the burn, delivered in the usual not so subtle JDN style. You will feel this one in your gut & behind the eyes. I want to try the Toro. A more conventionally sized 6" X 50rg, both popping up in Daily Deals, etc. A perfect time to try new things. I'm glad I did. Rosalones 448 Consul receives an enthusiastic 91/100. Well worth trying, if you enjoy full flavored fun, Joya de Nicaragua style!
Nice little smoke, but I didn't taste the raisin-like flavor.
Ordered a box of these (650s) to see if they might be a nice change of pace from the Fuerte Serie B. Smoked one right out of the box. It felt softer than the Serie B, a little spongy, even, and drew more easily than I prefer. Had a tendency to inadvertently inhale. I'm a hardcore nicotine addict, so I sometimes inhale a little on purpose, but this guy was choking me up. I suppose it's possible I got a bad specimen, but the next one was much, much better after a couple of days in the humidor. Very much what I expected. So far I've been impressed with the condition in which my cigars arrive from CI, but it probably pays to give them a chance to rest after their truck ride. Anyway, the second and third have been entirely satisfactory, but I do find myself asking whether I really need a change of pace from the Serie B. To me, they seem fairly similar in strength and not all that different in taste. If you like the Serie B, but not as much as I do, you'll like the Rosalones, and maybe more than I do. I'd be content to smoke these every day, if I couldn't get the Serie B.
Either you love Joya de Nicaragua or you haven't tried them. This is unless you are a mildhead & if so, you are probably surfing through the Dominican smokes & won't even see this. JdN has long been one of my favorite cigar makers. The full-bodied Antano is an unwavering classic. Fuerte Serie B is the best budget line blend anywhere. Along comes Rosalones, an all Nicaraguan puro, with plenty of muscle in its own right. Affordable too. With Antano Dark Corojo as a 4th superior option, JdN covers a lot of ground, with a minimum of blends. Cabinetta, Celebracion & Joya Red are less interesting, but all solid offerings. If you are looking for a 3 bone robusto with pedigree, strength & flavor, you can do a lot worse than Rosalones. 89/100
Excellent cigar; I picked up the 552 & will pick up many more.
Had a Rosalone 448 in a sampler and after about 10 days in my humidor I fired it up. Nice looking cigar, but had bad burn issues and bad tunneling which I could not stop even after cutting some of it off and relighting. Strong tobacco flavors was about all I got out of it and did not seem like a medium to me. Love the JDN Antano 1970, but not this one. In all fairness it may need a lot of humidor time or something.
The Rosalones Consul was a nice little surprise. Burn was nearly perfect and lasted longer than size would indicate. Consistent all the way through a five pack, but not complex. Didn't get the raisin sweetness either. Still a good smoke with some strength. JdN just got my attention.
I certainly hope Joya continues to produce these cigars! This could easily be rated 94 or better. Spicey little brother of the Antano 1970. An absolutely rockin' cigar!