Privada Spirits: Bourbon (Leaf & Barrel Live February 28th)
Privada Spirits. We created the idea for Privada Spirits well over 2 years ago. We realized very early on that people love cigars and spirits but they rarely did it right or understood how to pair the two together at all. So we came up with a fool proof plan for knowing what spirit goes with what cigar. Even if you do not drink alcoholic beverages, these cigars are all fantastic on their own. To create the cigars we submitted our idea for Privada Spirits to 6 different factories. In the end, Tabacalera Perla, the same manufacturer that makes our beloved Paul Stulac, outperformed all. These cigars are all natural and use natural fermentation and blending to achieve the clear flavor notes that are hard to achieve. Each one is as good as the next and each cigar on its own, released by a boutique brand, would be touted as a must try stick. How we came up with all 5 of these in one line of cigars is beyond me and a testament to the power of the Privada movement. #wearefamily #wearetheindustry #weareprivada
Body: Faint maple syrup.
Foot: Aged tobacco.
Cold Draw: Dried cherries and aged tobacco.
Tasting Notes: In the first third and true to the tasting notes on the band I start with vanilla, deep oak and the sweetness on the tongue that is also a bit like baked goods and reminds me of shortbread cookies. The oak is dark and there is a slight salt as well. Black pepper tingles the tongue while the retrohale satisfies thoroughly with pepper and oak as well. Creamy, rich smoke seems to be a recurring theme with the Privada spirits collection. Further in the shortbread cookie gets toastier and almost burned but in a good way.
In the second third, I get a light cherry flavor and sweetness along with oak, white pepper, aged tobacco, slight pine and a cashew butter creaminess that is delightful.
In the final third I get a beautiful cherry wood, salt, cream, vanilla, shortbread cookie and white pepper on the retro. The cigar reminds me of a bourbon barrel overall and is simply a gem of a cigar alone or paired with bourbon. I also get faint notes of pine and the smoke is now powdery at the very end. Easy on the palate but full on flavor.
Pairing Notes: Bourbon. Dried cherries. Cherry pie. Root beer. Apple pie. Medium roast coffee. Cream soda.
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