Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Fillers: Honduran (Grown by Plasencia), Nicaraguan
Body: Rich undertones of prunes lay the foundation for the tasting experience.
Foot: The initial whiffs bring together the sweet intensity of prunes combined with the earthy aroma of raw nuts
Cold Draw: A decadent melody of chocolate prune, dried fruits, and the subtle hints of dried apple or cedar sets the stage for what’s about to come.
Tasting Notes: Dive into a billowy cloud of powdery smoke, punctuated by vibrant notes of dried cranberries. The dance of black and white pepper with cedar tantalizes the middle palate. Adding to this sensory treat is a unique blend of savory salt and zest from lime. It’s evident – this isn’t your average Connecticut shade. A turn towards a more layered experience awaits with a medley of salt, dried strawberries, and a creamy smoke occasionally donning a powdery texture. Cedar’s refreshing touch is complemented by clean black pepper, golden honey nut almond, and a zestful splash of citrus, all culminating in a spicy cinnamon finish.
The finale presents a symphony of honey, cedar, and faintly dehydrated fruits. A piercing note of sharp cedar weaves through the powdery smoke, with tantalizing hints of salt, cinnamon, and the faintest whiff of citrus.
Pairing Notes: Given its unique blend and flavor profile, pairing it with aged rum, dark chocolates, red wines with hints of cedar, and a platter of mixed dried fruits would be apt. For those wishing to truly commemorate Felix’s fateful flight, perhaps a 1920s inspired cocktail could be in order.