Tasting Notes: Sweet, piney and fruity on the body. Apricot and wood on foot. Cinnamon raisin bread on the cold draw. Smooth creamy woody/piney and citrusy zing kick this thing off. Bitter espresso and pine, cedar and floral notes along with some natural root-like herbal notes. The retro is dark, cedary, and floral with slight red pepper. Cedar, oak, flowers, white pepper and oily smoke emblazon the palate with fuller pepper and dried fruits on the retrohale. The second third is creamier. There is a butter richness, floral notes, cedar and an oily smoke with hints of sarsaparilla. The retrohale is sugary and floral. Around the halfway point, cinnamon enters the mix. Cinnamon, sarsaparilla root, flowers and white pepper along with slight almonds and vanilla caress the senses and make this a dream to smoke. The sensation is a bit effervescent, like soda. In the final third I get florals, cinnamon, sarsaparilla root and powdery smoke. The retro is oaky and smooth with hints of spices. Towards the end the flavors all meld together to bring this thing to a climax! WOW!
Pairing Notes: RC Cola. Scotch from the Highlands. Vanilla anything. Hennessy XO or VSOP. After Thai food. Lager. Chilled white wine. Jack Daniels. Vanilla pudding. Cream filled caramels. Medium roast coffee.
Twin Pines by Jochy Blanco Aged 11 Months You remember Smishabon, right? The cigar that we released a few months ago in the Limited Cigar Association? If you are not following the LCA, please email us for info, you are missing out on a lot of fun! It’s like a monthly scavenger hunt! Anyhow, the gentleman that made that cigar for us is named Jochy Blanco. He is a legend. Legendary grower of tobacco and legendary blender. He is known for quite possibly the finest tobacco DR has to offer. I promised to make Jochy more of a household name this year, so get used to hearing his name. The shmishabon got rave reviews but I noticed a few people said it was not full enough for them. This cigar should handle those peoples’ needs. This is a dark and sultry little robusto. It’s got a loose draw that reminds me of a Padron. It also has balance and complexity. I rate these cigars in the 90’s for sure. I took a little liberty in adding this blend to our Back and Future series of cigars. We call it the Old Man. Enjoy brothers and sisters…this is what it’s all about, the craft, the flavor and the fun! #weareprivada
Jeff Mckissick (verified owner) –
Seriously?! This stick is 4 real tasty and worth the price. Bought a few times already and will try to keep some around for the future. Just do it!
Alan Grice (verified owner) –
The first cigar I’ve had since I joined the club in June 2020 that has brought back childhood memories. From the smell and the notes, everything about the twin pines was amazing!