This beauty starts out with frosted sweetness, oak wood, light black pepper and leather. The smoke starts out dry in a good way and leaves the mouth tingling. As I’m winding down towards the end of the first third I start wondering why I dislike a firm draw. This is spectacular. I get something of a mesquite BBQ. It is meaty, zesty and has a twang. At the second third I start to get notes of charred oak, lime salt, pepper and caramel. For the 2nd time in my smoking career I get a sour candy note. Most people would probably describe it as a salty/tangy note but it reminds me of the first burst of a sour candy in your mouth. Each puff of this cigar starts to change. I had to smoke it twice and once with another person to clarify…both times, same experience. I’m on a palate adventure. Artificial almond flavor, pepper, toasty oak again, frosted sugar and black tea. Mesquite comes back, burnt brown sugar (caramel), a new twang and my mouth feels a bit more numb than usual. There are floral notes, cocoa notes and even notes of vanilla. In the end, the flavors start to mend into a dark, sweet and somehow flowery and peppery flavor bomb. WOW.
Pairing Notes: After red meat or lamb chops, scotch from the lowlands like Auchentoshan, stone fruits, Sour beer, strawberry shortcake.