Tasting Notes: On the body I get earth and sweet hay. On the foot it smells like wet hay or a wet farm after a rain. Think musty and pungent. The cold draw is soapy and floral, similar to a dryer sheet and has notes of apricot and tea. The first puff has notes of charred cedar with white pepper. Theres is a toasty quality to the smoke and I get hints of apricot and graham cracker. Further in, the flavors are minerally, chalky and super floral, like potpourri. There is a fizzle in the retro hale-almost like carbonation in a soft drink. Around the 2nd third I am hit with notes of ripe fruits that are almost cotton candy-like at times. The fizzle I mentioned combined with the candy sweetness remind me of pop rocks. Then I’m hit with vanilla, buttered toast and dried mint leaves. The floral is back but this time it’s a little more specific: lavender. The smoke becomes heavier and creates more intensity on the tip of the tongue. SALT. Buttery, floral white pepper. In the final 3rd I get an intense floral bouquet of flavors with nougat, leather and browned buttery toast. This cigar is fancy and sophisticated. It’s completely ripe with age and pretty perfect for a morning sip of alcohol to celebrate life.
Pairing notes: Cognac neat. Dark Chocolate. White Chocolate. Strawberries. Champagne. Abita purple haze or strawberry beer. Scotch but nothing too peaty/smoky. Dried apricots. After a meal of cooked fish or sushi. Poultry. PLEASE send a special shout out to @Zinoplatinumcigars for sharing this beautiful Zino Platinum Cigars smoke and please log into spirited smoke to rate this experience. We will pick a rating at random and give away a 10 pack of these Zino Platinum Cigars !! That’s over a $120 value. PEACE!! Brian