Tasting Notes: I get raisins, dryer sheets, chocolate, and funk on body. Chocolate and raisins with tobacco on foot. The cold draw is milk chocolate covered raisins, cinnamon, and I want to say tree bark for some reason, but I don’t know why. Initially there is sweetened chocolate, deep leather, dark earth and a red pepper that will zap you. It has a ton of cedar on the mouth but it turns to oak on the finish. There are dark bread notes and some sugar. Vegetal and red pepper on the finish and the lips. It’s dark but fragrant on the palate. Sharp, spicy and floral too. Yeast, bread, wood, chocolate and pepper round out the first third. Second third is bread, chocolate, sugar. The cigar has mellowed out. The red pepper is barely there. Sweet and dark. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. Leather, wood and black pepper. Dried peach, bread, salt, cocoa, and creamy smoke round the corner to the final third. In the final, the balance is incredible and round everywhere except the finish. The smoke is creamy, smooth and sweet. there is wood, bread, berries and cocoa along with white pepper. This is a full body flavor bomb. I hope you love it.
Pairing Notes: Dark chocolate Raisinets. Raisins. Prunes. Plums. Bready Belgian beers like Chimay. Try eating a piece of thyme or a steak seasoned in thyme beforehand. White chocolate anything. Caramel anything. Cognac. Aged rum. Light coffee with cream and sugar. Cafe latte!