Tasting notes: Box wood Spanish cedar on the body of the cigar along with bourbon barrel soaked oak. The cold draw tastes like wheat grass, some hickory and more of that bourbon soaked oak. The salamon shape takes a while to light, but once it gets going you are met with notes of white pepper, tea, honey and cream. There’s some cocoa, incense and cedar. In the 2nd third I get more of the teas and exotic incense notes. Some citrus appears along with notes of vanilla and then later some cocoa. There is a nice white pepper in the retro-hale. Moving on, there is a fresh cut grass sweetness, creamy puffs of oak and cedar woods, orange like essence, white pepper and smooth powdered sugars. This cigar really has all the notes that make a fine smoke. Then in the final third the woods really take over. The creamy smoke turns powdery. The flavor condenses and morphs into a sweet, spicy and umami experience showing a wide range of flavors and sensations. It truly is an honor to smoke this cigar and worth every penny of the hefty price tag. Paring notes: No beer with this one. Stay on the lighter side of the brown spirits like a lowland or highland or Campbeltown but nothing smoky. A VSOP or XO cognac. On a warmer day try a dry Sauvignon Blanc or sweet Chardonnay. Pair with tea and honey. Bourbon on the rocks or with a splash of water. White Chocolate. Cheesecake with fruits. Dried fruits. Port Wine.
KEN ROBERTS (verified owner) –
“Room 101 Ichiban Salamon 2015 Aged 5 years made exclusively for West Side Humidor in Kansas”
I don’t have “alien” taste buds, and I don’t speak “connoisseur,” like the online cigar reviewers do, but I actually smelled “bourbon barrel soaked oak” as described by Privada’s reviewer in their description of this cigar!!!
But I only SMELLED it on the wrapper and when inhaling the unlit cigar through its foot.
So I probably smoked it faster than I would have (it lasted 1.1 hours) because I wanted to get to the TASTE of that “bourbon barrel soaked oak” — it smelled heavenly!!!
This is a gorgeous, beautifully constructed cigar.
You do have to nurse it when first lit through the first two inches, however, but then it burns perfectly and just sits and waits patiently for you to pick it up again.
The draw is perfect, the smoke is smooth and plentiful, but bitter and dry throughout.
I found this to be a mild and dry cigar through the first half, then the strength picked up to medium-bodied (but the flavors never did).
No “complexity” right down to the nub.
It was all worth it, though, for my very first smell of “bourbon barrel soaked oak”!!!
Who knows?! Maybe I’m slowly becoming a better reviewer . . . ?!
Bryan Glynn made an excellent video that’s help me a lot with cigar tasting:
Gavin Sherry (verified owner) –
I really enjoyed this cigar. Faster burning than I would have suspected but good flavors and a lot of fun.
Alfredo Borbor (verified owner) –
Smoke these cigars, and all I have to say is “Greatness”, man I can not saw enough, beautiful teast and rewarding, one of the best Salomon out there, thanks Brian
Matt Goodman (verified owner) –
Great cigar with amazing flavor. Floral, leather, barnyard, coco, with a little pepper on the last 3rd. Definitely getting some more.
Mark Jenkins (verified owner) –
I am in no way an expert but this was a great stick. The packaging was nice and the look of it was very cool. I don’t have a great palate but this thing tasted like cinnamon and latte to me. Had to order a few more to give out to friends.