Wrapper: Montenegro Plata San Vicente
Binder: Piloto Cubano
Fillers: San Vicente, Piloto, Olor, and Havana 200
Body: Purple floral.
Foot: Purple floral and black tea.
Cold Draw: Floral, chocolate, peanut butter.
Tasting Notes: The first third is cocoa, oats, floral, oak, and Special K cereal. There is a powdery cocoa in the smoke, which makes it gentle on the palate, yet medium/full in flavor. Bitter chocolate, raisins, and light black pepper are introduced within minutes. Further in I get spiced fruits, which adds an interesting complexity. Towards the end of the first third, I find a deliciously salty, powdery smoke, heated fruit twang, which reminds me of a spiced mango. There is a red pepper finish along with lime. This will pair well with a margarita.
The second third still reminds me of a proper margarita with salt and lime. The smoke texture is oaky with light black pepper and sweet, like cotton candy. The retrohale is also powdery but leaves a strong black pepper in the sinus. Lime is still prevalent! Cocoa creeps in at the midway point and takes this from sweet and tangy to tangy and rich. Wow.
Lemons, sesame seed, cocoa and oak start off the final third while black pepper bites me slightly on the finish. Creamy smoke now flows in abundance while the retrohale sees bitter chocolate, sugar, cream and a lot of black pepper. Take lemon pepper, add a little chocolate and oak and you have the Big Snuff!
Pairing Notes: Black coffee, raisins, warm chocolate cake, bourbon, bundt cake, chocolate covered cherries, dried mango, chocolate mouse