Tasting Notes: The body is pungent with dried peach or apricot and strong saddle leather. The pigtail foot shows the same. The cold draw reminds me of raspberry Snapple. Black coffee, dark roast, black pepper, fresh-cut cedar, faint berry, like what you get when smelling certain coffee beans and powdery salty smoke start this baby out right! Further in vanilla, roasted black coffee, faint berry, blueberry, cedar, black pepper, leather, and powdery smoke satiate the palate. In the second third, I get vanilla, leather, black coffee, cedar, black pepper, salted peanuts, and charcoal. Blueberry comes and goes now, but it’s black coffee all the way. I also get some phantom flavors of popcorn. Then more salted peanuts. The retro is black pepper and I get buttery flavoring once in a while. In the final third, I get dark bread, salt, and the berries turn lightly floral. Now I’m getting peanuts, and the smoke is creamier but still black coffee and black pepper and the finish has hints of vanilla. In the end, I get herbs like rosemary and dark breads with cedar, floral, charcoal, leather, and dried lavender.
Pairing Notes: Cafe latte. Cinnamon latte. Chocolate mousse. Nutella. Chocolate cupcakes with cream inside. Porter or stout beer. Red wines. Steak. Milk chocolate.
Okay, here we go. Paul Newman. Tom Cruise. The Color of Money. One of my all-time favorite films. OG Privada members will remember about a year and a few months ago we had a short box-pressed Robusto with a pigtail foot (which is rare, to say the least.) It was called the Fast Eddie. It was the name of Paul Newman’s character in the movie. The Vince in this month’s selection is named after Tom Cruise’s character. The blends are extremely similar but have some unique characteristics, not unlike their big screen inspirations. Fast Eddie was classic. Traditional. Vince has a little more pizzazz and likes to put on a show. Break this cigar out in your local lounge and I guarantee you, heads will turn. “What is that?!” They’ll ask you. You’ll reply, “What is this? Oh, this is the Vince, from Black Bird Cigar Co. I got it in my February Privada box. Isn’t this Private club thing fun?” Back to the cigar. Jonas and the Horse (the name of the factory’s master blender) came up with this based on the movie and the original cigar we made. What a perfect shape and size..a box-pressed Corona Gorda. 6×48. Oh mama! San Andres wrapper. Dominican binder. Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. YES! This cigar is an all-around great daily smoke. I find it to be very satisfying. You can twist the pigtail off or light it up with it still fully intact. Either way, it’s a showoff cigar.