Tasting Notes: On the body, I get sweet hay, cocoa butter, and a little bit of a faint vinegar note. On the foot, I get rich tobacco. On the cold draw, I get rich tobacco and something that reminds me of bread with flour and sugar, like a sourdough yeast kind of thing and a nice floral note. In the first third, I get floral, sesame seed, and wheat toast that’s buttered. The florals are violet purple and there’s a nice white pepper on the tongue with some minerals. Further in I get heavy florals, a nice cedar, a sesame seed oil kind of flavor, and buttered wheat toast along with minerals and salt. In the second third, I get floral, cedar and toast. The white pepper really kicked things up a notch, bordering on cinnamon and making a big difference. The smoke also got creamier and the cedar ramped up. The retrohale is a good amount of white pepper and cedar. The florals are even stronger now and the white pepper has truly become cinnamon. Heavy florals, buttered wheat toast, cedar, and cinnamon along with a good amount of mineral essence. In the final third, I get purple floral notes, toast, cedar, cream, and once again, white pepper. In the very end, I get cocoa notes as well.
Pairing Notes: After breakfast. Buttered toast. Dried fruits. Cognac. Aged rum. Belgium beers. One hour after anything cinnamon. Light roast coffee. Cinnabon :). Fireball! Bourbon. Root beer. After steak or BBQ. After Sushi or Japanese cuisine. Sesame seed candy.
David Blanco. You may have heard of him. He’s had a line of cigars for years now. What most do not know about him is that he is the nephew to the Plasencia family, who own possibly the largest tobacco farms in the world. This means David has access to some of the best tobacco known to man. Pretty cool, right? Well, David approached me with about 12 blends. I did a YouTube video where I smoked through them all. The video was not of great quality, as I did not have Johnny Taquitos on our team yet, but you can imagine the vibe. Out of all the blends he sent, the #5 and the #9 were the ones I chose. I honestly cannot pick between them. So we decided to make it a thing. Blanco did not make enough for the entire club to get both versions in the monthly box, but there will be some leftover of each of the different blends. Feel free to visit our shop and pick up one of the other blends and let us know which blend we should choose. Either way, we made this cigar just about a year ago now. They have had a great aging time and both bring something very unique to the table. The #9 is a bit more what I call “cowboy smokey.” The #5 a bit more floral forward. Both fantastic cigars I’m sure you will love. If you get a chance to try both, please email us, and let’s help David decide which blend wins. I also want to make note of how wonderful it is that our roster is so full that our releases, even the ones made uniquely for the club, get to rest about 3 times longer than any other new releases in shops and on the market. This is a testament to Privada Club members getting only the best cigars and at the right times, when the cigars are fully ripe. #weareprivada