Body: A note of black tea.
Foot: Rich tobacco.
Cold Draw: The cold draw is where things get interesting. Dried apricot, and dried apple. Love that.
Tasting Notes: In the first third, I get some of that rich dried apple, I also get apricot and black pepper. The smoke is creamy and oaky, and as I smoke further I get a beautiful cinnamon finish. Towards the second third, I start getting chocolate and hazelnut as well. Off to a great start! In the second third, the dried fruits are still at the forefront, but now I’m also getting lemongrass, dried herbs, more oak, and cream, and the pepper has become a white pepper. In the final third, I get nutmeg, cinnamon, oak, freeze-dried strawberries, cream, black pepper, some adobo seasoning, and a tonka bean which is very close to a vanilla bean but a little more hazelnutty. I’m so impressed with the flavors on this cigar. This is true Nicaraguan tobacco.
Pairing Notes: Brisk iced tea. Long Island iced tea. Apple cigar. Apple pie. Dried peaches. Aged cheddar. Cabernet Sauvignon. Strawberry tart. Vanilla pudding. Peaches and cream. Vanilla soda. Cognac or Armagnac. Chimay beer.
Alejandro Ortiz (verified owner) –
I’ve found the cigar that gives my obsession with Olivas Melanio a run for the money. Actually enjoy this Retrohale more!
Benjeman Meyer (verified owner) –
Perfect draw. Smooth leathery wrapper that smells of light barnyard and hay. First few puffs i got dried apricot. I love that flavor! Chocolatey, earthy and very creamy. Slight tingle on the retro towards the beginning. Wavy burn at first that corrected itself. This cigar was very good! Up there with some of my favorites!
CHAD KARL (verified owner) –
This has to be one of the most exquisite cigars Privada has offerred. I love the hints of apricot with light pepper and cinnamon notes. Creamy and consistent. The cigar burns very evenly where even the smoke is soft and draws so perfectly like no other.