Tasting Notes: The body has an aroma of sweet caramel and leather. There is leather and sweet, natural tobacco off the foot. The draw sees an abundance of dried fruit like figs and more of that rich, natural tobacco. In the first third, I get freshly brewed coffee, caramel, moments of vanilla bean, cream, hazelnut, and chocolate syrup, along with black pepper, and an outstanding retrohale of black pepper and toasted nuts that are reminiscent of macadamia. Incredible start! Creamy smoke and layers of flavors on this one! The second third starts out even creamier and I get this phantom flavor of coconut cream. This is one of those cigars where I taste both vanilla and chocolate at various moments sort of like a swirl. I get additional notes of wheat crackers, wood, chestnuts, and toasted walnuts on the retrohale. The final third gives me bolder notes of almond, charred cedar, and roasted coffee bean. Chocolate, caramel, toasted almonds, hazelnut, and more! Wow is this a flavor bomb!
Pairing Notes: Hazelnut coffee, mocha cappuccino, amber lagers, bourbon on the rocks, after coconut cream pie or chocolate ice cream, with caramel chews candy, with dried dates, or almond joy candy. Vanilla sandwich cookies or Oreos. Try after a full breakfast with sausage or bacon. After pancakes or waffles.