Privada Spirits. We created the idea for Privada Spirits well over 2 years ago. We realized very early on that people love cigars and spirits but they rarely did it right or understood how to pair the two together at all. So we came up with a fool proof plan for knowing what spirit goes with what cigar. Even if you do not drink alcoholic beverages, these cigars are all fantastic on their own. To create the cigars we submitted our idea for Privada Spirits to 6 different factories. In the end, Tabacalera Perla, the same manufacturer that makes our beloved Paul Stulac, outperformed all. These cigars are all natural and use natural fermentation and blending to achieve the clear flavor notes that are hard to achieve. Each one is as good as the next and each cigar on its own, released by a boutique brand, would be touted as a must try stick. How we came up with all 5 of these in one line of cigars is beyond me and a testament to the power of the Privada movement. #wearefamily #wearetheindustry #weareprivada
Body: Beef jerky. Foot: Dark chocolate and beef jerky. Cold Draw: Cocoa powder.
Tasting Notes: In the first third I find bold notes of espresso, dark chocolate, leather, dried plum and cinnamon. There is also a crisp cedar on the tongue with creamy, meaty smoke. Oh boy, this is off to a good start. The black pepper zings the tongue while a beef jerky like umami coats the palate. Dark, succulent and savory this cigar is love at first light.
In the second third the fruits are battling for stage front with leather, dark chocolate, cedar and black pepper. The creaminess of the smoke is fantastic and the retrohale sees dark chocolate and charred cedar wrapped in a cloud of black pepper that tantilizes the senses. I also get the toffee notes from the cigar band on the end of the retrohale. Just look at it!
In the final third the cocoa doubles down. The cedar bites even harder to intertwine with the beautiful cinnamon and the dried stone fruits play middle ground. The smoke is as creamy as ever and the black pepper is still there as well. I am honored to have this cigar not only in the club but in the Privada Spirits lineup.
Pairing Notes: Cognac. Malta. Espresso with sugar. Chocolate covered cherries. Dried cherries. Prune. Cherry coke. Stone fruits.
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