Archive Cigars Japan Habano Petite Gordito
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Fillers: Esteli, Jalapa, and Dominican
If you have been a member of the club for about a year or more, you remember Archive. To recap, Archive is a group of Japanese whiskey lovers that go around the world curating and distilling private barrels. About 5 years ago, they delved into the art of cigar and whiskey pairing. Since then, they have made contacts with some of the best cigar manufacturers in the world. I’m talking about AJ, Raices, EPC and the list goes on. One of them joined Privada about 3 years ago. We spoke online for some time and then they revealed an opportunity. They wanted to start curating and aging cigars for specific barrels of whiskey. The issue was taxes and costs. Getting cigars into Japan is majorly expensive. So we made a deal, every once in a while they would extend opportunities to me to pick up the slack and take the bulk of the cigars. All I have to do is pay for them and import them. After the last release broke the internet, I have been patiently waiting. This happens once, maybe twice a year.
Tasting Notes: Leather, sandalwood, tobacco… wow, this thing is unique already. The foot is oats, sandalwood, and some sort of botanical. This is all reminding me of fancy colognes. The cold draw is leather, botanical and floral, peat moss, and cinnamon heat. On the first third, I get honey, wheat, fresh-cut Spanish cedar, slight acidity, browned wheat toast, the most beautiful floral notes, and slight cinnamon. A perfect stimulation of palate with nothing to complain about, phantom flavors of peanut butter and light roast coffee. The retro is cinnamon, leather, sandalwood, and cedar…yes double woods. Powdery smoke. Hits on all senses. MAGIC! There’s a sweet acidity on each puff that reminds me of biting into a crisp apple. That is followed by a beautiful wood which I will call Spanish cedar, the smoke is powdery but not dry, it stimulates the palate perfectly. The retro is toasted almonds and phantom coconut shavings, with a nice warm cinnamon. Further in there is leather and lemon. WOW. The second third brings a phantom flavor of pancakes. For real. It’s still got the powdery smoke with the light roast coffee acidity. It’s got cinnamon flavor, but not so much spice anymore. It’s here and gone. The finish is clean. There are notes of a lot of things toasted in this cigar. There are also bright notes of florals. I’m already having trouble telling the difference between flavors, which tells me the blend is married together quite well. It’s yellow and floral, getting creamy in halfway with smooth light, and balanced flavors. This is a masterful cigar. Baking spices, florals, and woods. Puffs of vanilla and cedar. Pancake batter and cinnamon. The cinnamon picks up in the final third, along with the nicest cedar ever. It’s smooth and balanced with peanut butter creamy smoke. It may be one of the best Habanos we have seen. It leaves a cinnamon finish. It has melded flavors that you cannot pick apart otherwise. The retro is spicy with more cedar and cinnamon. This is another hit from Japanese Archive cigars.
Pairing Notes: From what I have been told, the closest thing you can pair this with to what they created it for would be a Hibiki Harmony or Cragganmore Scotch. Non-alcoholic beverages could be floral teas with honey. Check out our Tea Keepers selections flavors like apricot, in the coffee section of our website. Try dried fruits with this cigar, like apricot and pear. Peach tea. Seafood. Butterscotch. Rice pudding with cinnamon.
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