Tasting notes: Prelight, the body and foot have cocoa butter, while the cold draw gives hints of black tea, bread, wood and more cocoa butter. First third is cinnamon, vanilla, cedar and white pepper. Deeper in, I get transitions of pine wood, candied ginger, mustiness like a wet pine tree and light simple syrup on the tongue. The smoke becomes powdery, the ginger is there again along with syrup on the tongue, cinnamon, dijon mustard on the retro and vanilla. It’s a cooling smoke, like a menthol. The woods are turning to sweet oak and there is citrus similar to a light sugared lemon. In the middle, salty roasted peanuts show up along with leather, syrup, lemon zest, smokey charred cedar and vanilla. In the final 3rd the woods turn to charcoal. The spice is just right proving you don’t need a pepper blast to create those sensations we all love. There is earthiness, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, charred woods, menthol coolness and maple syrup. This is better than last year’s original.
Pairing notes: White ale, amber lager, cognac/ brandy, Scotch, grilled seafood, white pizza or after desert. I feel like I would enjoy this after a vanilla fudge sundae with peanuts and whipped cream! It would also be amazing after a dessert of peach cobbler or really anything peach flavored will go extremely well with this from beers, to peaches and cream to dried peaches. Well done Mr. Booth! Let’s show love the Privada way @room101cigars on the ‘Gram! This is our only true evergreen exclusive as of now. Meaning we will hopefully have it once per year.