Aireyys Black Label Available in UK only Toro
Mike Edwards. World Champion Athlete, Gentleman, first black cigar brand owner in the United Kingdom. The first World Champion athlete to win a gold medal and take the podium with a cigar in his mouth. (see the post on www.spiritedsmoke.com to check out the picture) Mike is a smooth, well dressed, charismatic half Nigerian, half Jamaican man who started life in the UK and then moved to the states for high school and college before taking the world stage as a professional athlete. Mike competed for the University of Louisville and while in Kentucky learned about bourbon. Mike is a lot like his cigars. Well presented, lineal and decadent. His cigars range in price from $16-$34 for a single cigar. Mike also rolls cigars. If you purchased a cigar of his in the first year or two of the brand’s existence, Mike rolled it. No other club, or American shop has this cigar currently. Show Aireyys some love for hooking us up on Instagram @aireyys and leave a comment on the Spirited Smoke post The cigar you are holding sells for 14 Pounds or $18 USD.
Tasting Notes: On the body of the cigar I get a soy teriyaki beef jerky scent. On the foot I get less of the beef jerky and more of just a soy sauce but a fancy soy sauce. The cold draw is one of the best cold draws I’ve tasted, I get the beef jerky and soy, teriyaki and another note I would say tastes like the smell of a Jack Daniels Barrell Proof sample when you nose it. They call it a glue smell and it’s a favorite of mine. The first puffs are peppery yet smooth with an overall sweetness. Red pepper, vanilla and charred meat. The smoke aroma has a meatiness to it as well like charred steak. Deep. There is dark chocolate, caramel and salt. The smoke gets sweeter with slight herbal notes of thyme and a slight bread note that I find in broadleaf cigars with a good amount of white pepper on the mouth finish. As the cigar gets going, chocolate is the dominant flavor. It’s smooth and there is a foreground tug of war between white and red peppers from puff to puff. There are notes of chocolate, white golden toast, and a sweet/creamy essence with white pepper. The flavors start to meld, causing the chocolate to become more of a sweetened cocoa powder, white pepper and honey. Perfume like floral notes enter, with honeysuckle, smooth chocolate and dark woods. The pepper is there on some puffs and not on others. The smoke gets even creamier and a lemon tartness comes into play. Creamy cocoa that feels almost mousse like, a balsa wood note, some salt and more toasty white bread. The bread note tastes more like the crusts now rather than the entire bread..somehow I’m reminded of a red Irish ale. Similar notes end the cigar in an illustrious finish where a pleasant sour note gets added to the mix.
Pairing notes: Bourbon, Jack Daniels. Peanut butter, chocolate, Goobers candies. Medium roast coffee, espresso. Brisket. Iced coffee with sugar and cream.