Tasting Notes: Very pungent manure, sour mulch, and vinegar off the body. Off the foot, I get a musty wood, dried fruit, and leather. Lots of musty notes of earth, oak, and baking spices on the cold draw. Amazing flavors in the first third. Sweet French toast, roasted pecan, fresh-brewed morning coffee, cedar, nutmeg, cinnamon, dry cocoa, lime zest, and white pepper. Hot damn! The retrohale bolsters the draw wonderfully with aromas of cinnamon sugar, toast, rich caramel, pecan, banana bread, allspice, and white pepper. That banana bread aroma starts to find its way into the draw as the second third begins, along with a moist spice cake, more ground cinnamon, aromatic cedar, buttered rum, and a lovely toasty nuttiness that rounds out the finish perfectly. My palate is left feeling thoroughly refreshed with each puff, everything is just so balanced and clean! There is a general aromatic musty character enveloping all the notes, indicative of very mature, well-aged tobacco in the blend. The final third begins with what reminds me of a caramel topped cinnamon roll. Also getting a nice round oak note, a little salt, phantom citrus notes, hazelnut, coffee bean, charcoal, warm butter, and some minerality. The retrohale has an uptick of cedar and a delicious caramel drizzle right at the end too. This thing was magnificent from start to finish on every level. Absolute fire!
Pairing Notes: Pecan pie, rum of all kinds, Snickers 1 hour before, porter beers, Teakeepers sweetened chocolate and licorice tea, chocolate covered cherries, fruit cake, red velvet cake, carrot cake, Chinese food.