Body: Leather, a bit of Tootsie Roll, and a barnyard note.
Foot: Raisins and teriyaki.
Cold Draw: Rich tobacco and wood.
Tasting Notes: The first puffs show oily smoke that is deep and dark, with notes of black coffee with lots of sugar, oak, black pepper, beef jerky, earth, and molasses. The retrohale shows earthier notes of soy and mushroom. In the second third, I get a transition that sees notes of cocoa that also remind me of Tootsie Rolls because of how sweet the smoke is. The finish reminds me of wasabi spice and I am also getting plenty of espresso and a meatiness like a beef broth. There is a mineral note as well, and the retro sees ginger and wasabi along with espresso and herbs that remind me of basil. The smoke is still oily, but even thicker than it was. Further in I get nuts and smokiness like peat, and orange syrup. In the last third, I get sesame oil, minerals, charcoal, anise, and Melba Toast. The retro is amazing and still shows signs of the orange syrup. This thing has it all. Nuance, layers of flavors, and enough boldness to satisfy anyone.
Pairing Notes: Birch beer. Rye whiskey. Rum. Dates. Raisins. Chocolate-covered raisins. Candied oranges. Golden raisins. White grape juice. After a steak. French fries with gravy. Dark chocolate nibs. Black coffee with sugar.