Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Fillers: Esteli, Jalapa, and Especial
Body: Floral and nutty.
Foot: A hint of hazelnut.
Cold Draw: Hazelnut, cognac, and amaretto almond.
Tasting Notes: The initial third of the Reserva Rojas offers a complex blend of toast, sweet syrup, cedar, hazelnut, black coffee, molasses, and a root-like sarsaparilla flavor. The second stage brings a shift, with the sweetness morphing into cedar and tree bark for a more earthy flavor profile. Hints of toast and roasted nuts persist, but the cigar takes on a more medicinal and herby aspect. An intensified creaminess prevails, with additional wood notes entering the scene. The retrohale introduces a unique white pepper creaminess and smoky nuances. The final third sees the introduction of roasted nuts and a hint of earthiness. Underlying tones of coffee and white pepper round out the tasting journey, concluding in a distinct, smoky charcoal finish.
Pairing notes: Toasted brioche with hazelnut spread, pancetta-wrapped figs, blue cheese, dark rum, espresso martini, aged tequila, sherry, amarone, zinfandel, coffee porter, stout, English brown ale, coffee-flavored panna cotta, molasses cookies, hazelnut gelato.