The steamed and toasted three cavendishes are lightly sweetened Dominican cigar, Eastern North Carolina red Virginia and unsweetened one sucker Kentucky burley black. Their aspects are fermented tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, peaty vegetation, floralness, leather, herbs, some tart and tangy citrus, grass, sugar, cocoa, espresso-ish coffee with a little cream, spice, nuts, tea, acidity and light roughness. The cigar is the most prominent cavendish. The red Va. is a supporting player. The burley black sits in the third slot. The vanilla, cocoa and caramel toppings are the most obvious in that order, but I sense some tangy citrus added as well. The toppings moderately tone down the tobaccos and help create a very synergistic, well balanced, complex and nuanced creamy sweet, fruity, espresso-ish/coffee, lightly sour, bitter, savory, slightly spicy, floral, flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a tad stronger. The strength is a step shy of the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. The taste level is medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. The tobacco is mildly moist and needs no dry time. It burns cool, clean, and slightly slow. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Four stars.
The tin note is chocolate mousse. Straight up smells like the dessert. Ribbons and random large pieces of what I believe to be the cigar leave. Dark and medium brown in color, not sticky, and perfect moisture from the tin. Packed and lit with the best of aromatics.
The taste right away is the smell. A chocolate mousse. Sweet chocolate and vanilla but wait there’s more. There’s an underlying earthy, herbal/vegetative, woody, dry unsweet cocoa, tea like flavor. I assume that’s the cigar leaf making itself very apparent. It was unique and made me keep puffing away probably faster than I should have. At times it comes across as creamy like a cigar. It reminds me of a chocolate mousse with one of those bready and buttery crumbly plain cookies in it.
There’s plenty of up front sweet, vanilla and chocolate notes to satisfy the aromatic smoker. However there’s enough interesting tobacco flavors, the Virginia, Kentucky Burley and Dominican Cigar leaf to satisfy the other pipe smokers and give this plenty of body. Did this taste like a cigar? No. Did this taste like an aromatic pipe tobacco? Sort of, but far more interesting. There’s a little mouth tingle, no bite, and the retrohale had more cigar qualities of wood and peppery notes. The topping and aromatic qualities diminishes half way though and you’re left with a woody, (but not dry), grassy, herbal, sweet tea like flavor that’s slightly spicy and peppery on the retrohale. Left a vegetative but pleasant after taste with a slight tingle on the back of the tongue. Easily repeatable. I noticed you can puff this fast with little repercussion.
Does it taste like coffee? No. Did it pair well with coffee? Absolutely. A milder cigar leaf blend. Sweet and dessert like. Definitely enjoyed.
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