Filler: Corojo Seco Peñuela, Corojo Viso Villa González, HVA Viso Mao, Corojo Ligero Villa Gonzalez  /  Binder: HVA Dominican Republic  /  Wrapper: Pennsylvania 

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5 x 50 / Robusto / 500 Made

Claudio Sgroi, the industry's inside man. Italian, world traveler, 5 language speaker. Many moons ago when Claudio started as a tobacconist in Zino Davidoff's cigar store in Switzerland, Claudio did not imagine becoming a master blender many brands lean on for his blending expertise. Claudio has traveled the globe meeting the manufacturers and farmers who grow, ferment, and roll the finest cigars in the world. In this Privada Experience, Claudio takes us to the Dominican Republic by way of Pennsylvania. This is a succulent, dark and ever so satisfying maduro cigar. Enjoy.



The Claudio Sgroi Privada Experience part 1 is unique in that its flavors are not common amongst other cigars. Claudio used a Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper that really sets the tone for its dark and luscious flavors. This is a great inside look at what Claudio made on his last trip to the Dominican Republic.

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chocolate graham cracker


peach ice tea

Cold Draw

Chocolate chip

1st Third

The first third is flush with roasted nuts, toasted sesame seed that reminds me of an overly toasted sesame bun, and sweet milk chocolate.

sesame seed
Chocolate chip

2nd Third

The second third sees the chocolate lose its sweetness, turning darker and much less sweet, charred cedar wood enters the palate, and dried herbs marry with it perfectly.

dark chocolate
charred wood

Final Third

The final third kicks off with burned bread, cinnamon, and prune.

burnt bread
Cinnamon stick

Pairing Notes:

Cabernet Sauvignon, dark chocolate covered pretzel, rye bourbon or cognac, and triple chocolate cake or rum raisin ice cream.

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