Tasting Notes: The body has notes of honey, coffee beans, and leather. The foot aroma is chocolate, cedar, and faint raisins. The cold draw has some truffle mustiness, something that reminds me of cashews and more chocolate. Flavors of salted popcorn, toasted almond, cream, vanilla bean, florals, black pepper, cardamom, and fragrant cedar come through on the first third. The retrohale has more florals, some citrus, subtle caramel, and rich cedar. The second third of this cigar gets very citrusy for me. I also pick up stronger florals and stone fruits. Further in, I also pick up on more umami notes like brown sugar and browned butter along with a little vanilla. In the final third, I get peanut shells and honey graham-like flavors. I get aged cedar, cereal notes, white pepper, and bread. There’s a lot of dynamic flavors on this thing, so smoke slowly.
Pairing Notes: Light roast coffee black. Lowland Scotch, VSOP Brandy or Cognac, Fruity or flora teas. Roasted nuts. Crackers and goat cheese. Dried cranberries. Dried plums. Dark chocolate-covered raisins. After fried chicken.