Body: Natural cocoa butter.
Foot: Red, rich, tobacco and rice wine vinegar.
Cold Draw: Cocoa butter, hazelnut, chocolate.
Tasting Notes: Whoa… the first third is incredible! It starts with rich cocoa and cocoa butter, hazelnut, vanilla extract, fresh-cut cedar, chocolate, dried thyme, and slight black pepper. It gives a creamy, rich smoke. The retrohale is bread crust, black pepper, cream, and dried herbs… reminds me of an herb crusted bread with thyme, and slight cocoa butter. Towards the end of the first third, cumin enters, and the black pepper turns to red pepper. Coming into the second third, there’s more red pepper, and a much sweeter notes emerge too: chocolate flavoring, cream, rich cocoa. There are also hints of sweet/tart flavors: dried apples and mangos as well as a freeze-dried raspberry tang. The final third brings sweet cedar, red pepper on the retrohale, cream, and cayenne on the finish. There are also hints of herbs, like sweet oregano, and more dried fruits. The final few puffs finish with a slight espresso.
Pairing Notes: Red birch beer. Rum. Nutella. Goobers. Brownies. Focaccia bread. Italian food. Red pepper flakes. Pizza.