Tasting Notes: Floral, prune, and bread on the body. Cocoa and floral on the foot. Leather, apricot, and rawhide on the cold draw. Initially, I am met with malted chocolate. There’s apricot and salt on the finish. There is a quick burst of beautiful black pepper that’s here and gone fast. There is also bread crust and charred oak. Further in the black pepper turns to red pepper. The finish is tingling and lingering. Further in I get chocolate, rye bread, woods, salt, and pepper. Apricot pops its head in from time to time. In the second third, I get fresh-cut cedar. Both a sensation and a flavor. There is vanilla and cocoa (I have never understood how the two could be present together!) Vanilla, redwood, pepper, and tangy flavors like apricot. In the final third, the balance becomes so impressive. The thing that stands out most is just an overall flavor of rich wood. There are flavors that have melded together to make notes I cannot quite explain. Tree wood, sour fruit wrap, and herbs if I have to apply names. I’m blown away with this cigar.
Pairing Notes: Lager. Bourbon. Mexican food. Cheeses and corn chips. Popcorn with truffle oil. A good burger and fries. Onion rings. Fried Chicken. Country fried steak! Chocolate ice cream. Hot chocolate.
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