A.A. Brugger (Remake) Aged 1 Year

$9.50

Well folks, as it turns out our very own Clark Thornton had a great relative who was in the cigar business of Erie, PA about a century ago and into the late 1960s.  One day when Clark was visiting relatives in Erie they told him about the brand and shop A.A. Brugger that was owned by his great grandfather.  They sold their Pennsylvania-wrapped cigars at 125 W. 24th Street in Erie.  The brand was known for its dark Pennsylvania wrapper, later called broadleaf.  We tried to replicate the cigar using as much as we could find out about it.  So here it is.  A Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf binder and fillers from Nicaragua, rather than Cuba.  I’m sure old Mr. Brugger would be proud of Clark if he could see him today.

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Description

5×50

Body: Barnyard and cedar aging room.
Foot: Artificial berries and roasted nuts.
Cold Draw: Artificial berries, chocolate, roasted nuts.

Tasting Notes: I just toasted the foot and took my first puff.  Whoa.  I am met with chocolate syrup, rich tobacco, faint dried Italian herbs, rich, creamy smoke, white pepper, and the smoothest finish ever.  The retro is sharp white pepper, cream, oak, and herbs.  There are faint notes further in of fruits.  Not dried fruits, but fruits like banana and maybe mango.  Tropical fruits, sarsaparilla, cream, white pepper, light oak.

In the second third, the white pepper starts to turn to black pepper which is rare.  Cocoa enters, fruits are still there… reminds me of fondue, chocolate-covered fruits, rich tobacco, nice pepper, the wood is reminding me of cherry wood, almost like firewood like.  And the cocoa is so creamy it makes me think vanilla as well somehow.  And speaking of cherry, how is it possible that I’m getting fresh cherry flavors? Yeah man, cherries and woods and sweet aromas… cream back to white pepper and minerals that tingle the tongue.  The tropical fruits come back further in.  WHOA!

In the final third, I get wowed by tropical fruits, creamy milk chocolate, mineral zing on the tongue that feels like you ate some pineapple, white pepper, and a black pepper retro with firewood.  UNREAL.

Pairing Notes: Tropical trail mix.  Dried tropical fruits.  Scotch from anywhere but Islay.  Nothing too peaty.  Jack Daniels.  Fruit punch an hour beforehand.  I imagine a lot of wine coolers and fruity seltzers like black cherry would work with this too.  Root beer.

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