Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Fillers: Nicaraguan Esteli
Body: Ripe oranges, savory earth, and peach skin.
Foot: Roasted nuts and candied pecan.
Cold Draw: Dried apricot.
Tasting Notes: The first third is charred sugar, cedar, pumpernickel, charcoal, white pepper, sesame oil, and overly roasted hazelnut. There is something very desert-like about the entire process of smoking this cigar.
In the second third, I get sweet cedar, roasted nuts, florals, oily smoke, ricotta, and sugar like a cannoli filling, and even a vanilla extract like a cannoli shell. The smoke is powdery and creamy like powdered sugar that is moist. There is also a crazy jolly rancher tang hard candy thing going on. Almost like a beignet.
In the final third I get milk chocolate, white pepper, horseradish, sweet coleslaw, cedar, white pepper, and charcoal. The smoke is crazy creamy at this point. The retro is stronger now with notes of sweet ricotta, macadamia, and vanilla. Wow! Dark cherries almost like pipe tobacco. Rich, rich, rich.
Pairing Notes: Hemingway Daiquiris, virgin lime daiquiris, watermelon jolly rancher an hour before, roasted hazelnuts, Thai food, Thai iced tea, sushi, sake, espresso with lemon, dried dark cherries, black cherry soda, dark chocolate