Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, and dank earth off the body, and I get a sweet, somewhat musty cedar and natural tobacco off the foot. On the cold draw, I get a very artificial cherry, cedar, damp earth, and black tea. After lighting up I get a very silky textured smoke, medium-full bodied, and really kicks some spice. Getting very rich notes of graham cracker, chocolate chips, sweet almonds, nougat, black pepper spice, marshmallow cream, and cedar. Yeah man! There is a bright citrus, dried cherry, caramel, white pepper, and more cedar on the retrohale. I start getting a delicious toasted coconut aroma on the retrohale deeper in.
Into the middle third I start getting a mix of chocolate-covered cherry, coconut, phantom flavors like a banana Laffy Taffy, coffee beans and cream, with red pepper spice and a toasty cedar on the finish. In the final third, the flavors start to really go crazy. It reminds me of a moist banana spice cake, sugar cane, creamy dark chocolate, maple cream cookies, chopped peanuts, faint caramel sweetness, and more of that awesome toasty cedar note. The retrohale stays consistent but does emphasize the citrus and white pepper a little more now. As the cigar draws to a close I notice a more nutty shift in the draw flavors, with peanut, hazelnut, chestnut, and almonds, with notes of earth, coffee beans, and a dry woody cedar. BANGER!
Pairing Notes: Dark rums, spiced rum, Malibu coconut rum, hazelnut coffee hot or iced, or a coffee with cream and a shot of Frangelico, try with a Pina Colada if you are feeling festive, after banana bread or a banana spice cake with cream cheese frosting, with chocolate-covered almonds, after pancakes with maple syrup. Try eating a milky way bar about 15 minutes before.