Here it is, our first B2F project. This has been a dream of mine for the last year or so. We have the original 2014 PSRSS released for West Side Humidor in 2014. We also have the current Privada Cigar Club Exclusive PSRSS 2019 release. This package allows you to compare the past and the present, hence the Back to the Future monicker for the project. Halfwheel’s 2014 review canoe found here and was stellar: https://halfwheel.com/paul-stulac-red-screaming-sun-lancero-returns-to-the-u-s/295743
My description for the club was as follows:
Paul Stulac Read Screaming Sun (Privada Cigar Club Exclusive 2019)
Original release in the USA-2014. This is a recreation of the original blend from 2014
Let me take you to Halifax, Canada. In your mind, travel up to Maine, then shoot across a stretch of water in the Atlantic to a Canadian Peninsula. It’s a medium sized city, right on the water with some pretty buildings and a vibe of a slower time mixed with some French speaking radio stations. Now meet Paul Stulac. Paul had been on the West Coast for school when he caught the cigar bug. He moved back to Halifax and started a cigar shop called Smoke on the Water. After years in the business, he decided to start his own cigar brand. After a few bumpy business deals, he travelled to Miami and met Guillermo Pena, a cigar manufacturer, who has since moved to Nicaragua. They began making cigars together around 2012. One of these said cigars was a one off Lancero called Red Screaming Sun for a store in Wichita, KS called the West Side Humidor (which, ironically, we at PCC have ties to). Shortly after, it got into the hands of Charlie Minato from halfwheel who rated it a 91. HUGE DEAL. Five years later, one of our members on Instagram @cigars_and_games wrote to me and if I’ve heard of these Paul Stulac cigars. He loves them and can’t find anyone who has them. Now I get tips often, but this piqued my interest. Why have I not heard of Paul Stulac? Are they good? Oh wow, they must be good they got a 91…hmm…a few Google searches and 3 calls to friends of Paul’s and we were on the phone together. We decided to start with the Red Screaming Sun. Now understand, Paul makes cigars but he does it for passion. There is no left over stock of these- they had to be newly made. Thanks to our buying power because of each and every one of you, we were able to have Paul Stulac make this very Lancero in the same blend by the same original manufacturer for Privada. You are now holding the 2019 Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun Lancero AKA Mr. Brown. Did I mention no one else has this?
Tasting notes: Manure on shaft, vegetal on foot, cold draw is sweet, peppery and bready. First puffs release a beautiful broadleaf baked bread notes with an excess of spice on the retrohale. There are dark breads like artisan wheat or ciabatta right out of the oven, there is a vegetal note and red pepper tingle on the finish. Cedar, honey and cream dominate. At times I want to say pine and another pungent note I cannot quite pin down. Deeper in, I still get a ton of bread notes but there is a deep oak and now a citrus. At times I taste an herb not unlike rosemary. The smoke gets even creamier and sweeter and reminds me of when I would eat thick Greek yogurt with honey drizzled in. Towards the end, the cigar becomes unbelievably creamy with notes of black tea, anise, orange rind, bread and oak. At the very end something about it reminds me of half and half, leather, oak and vanilla. FANTASTIC. It makes me wonder how this would hold up against the original release?
Pairing notes: Canadian whiskey, a good lager, champagne. For foods I’d go with a steak or lamb, pasta with olive oil and red pepper flakes and for sweets I’d say cannoli or a red velvet cake.