Binder: Piloto Cubano
Fillers: San Vicente, Piloto, and Habano
Body: Honey and hay.
Foot: Faintly nutty aged tobacco.
Cold Draw: Super-aged tobacco, slight canned peach.
Tasting Notes: Immediately I get traditional, aged Dominican flavors of mustiness which some describe as mushroom. There is also a canned peach or fruit-like note that brings sweetness to the tip of the tongue. White pepper dances with oak and the smoke output is rich and velvety. This thing is complex for sure. Further in, the sensations pick up. Cinnamon makes an entrance and it really develops into a very classic, aged Eladio Diaz style cigar. It seems fitting, because it was blended by Eladio’s brother who also happens to be named Eladio.
In the second third the oak takes a backseat as a sharper cedar makes a presence. The first third of a cigar always ages fastest so around this point is when we really get into the part of the cigar that is closest to when it was initially created. Alongside cedar, there is a fruity twang that reminds me of apricot, with cinnamon still being prevalent. I also get a musty forest floor note and faint flavors of coffee bean and vanilla. The retrohale on this thing is silky and stimulating, leaving a nice white pepper in the nose.
In the final third I get notes of roasted coffee bean, peanut butter, white pepper, oak, cedar and a whole lot of cinnamon. The smoke is creamy and dense now and the sensations leave my mouth watering. This is an incredible display of what Dominican tobacco can offer with proper age and blending.
Pairing Notes: Scotch of all kinds, roasted nuts, cream soda, arroz con pollo, roast Pork, cinnamon Schnapps, vanilla latte, drunken noodles (Thai food), caramel