Tasting notes: Vinegar and tobacco on the shaft and unsalted peanuts on the foot. The cold draw is salted peanuts and slightly vegetal. I also get a funky cedar. The first puff is WOW! A sweet bag of salted peanuts with a beautiful flower bouquet and a sharp dried peach along with cedar. That cedar is sharp, the dried peaches are tangy and the peanut flavor is overwhelmingly savory. Man this thing is off to a GREAT start. Further in, the flavors are all still there. Sweet, tangy, woody, and florally. Halfway through I get some leather and the florals get pleasantly soapy. Concentrated. This is crazy but this cigar gets so tangy at times it reminds me of sour patch kids candy. Back to childhood. Then, of course, it is also salty, sweet, and floral with the woodturning to charred oak now. White toast, charred wood, sugar, butter, and sour candies. This thing is out of control good. Let’s call the sour tang thing a raspberry note. In the end, it all comes together in bliss. Holy cow!
Pairing notes: Rye whiskey. Sour beer or a low IBU IPA. Cognac. Try eating ripe raspberries an hour before smoking. Milk chocolate. White chocolate. Vanilla custard, ice cream or flan either with or 30 minutes beforehand. After Peruvian food like Ceviche. After rice and beans with a salad dressed with vinaigrette. After buffalo wings.