Cold draw reveals lots of plum and raisin. The band is simple but elegant – black with gold lettering and trim stating the cigar name and 70th embossed.
Right off the bat bread-like tastes start off the cigar with a good draw. Not too hard. Dark grey smoke that also smells sweet. The taste quickly adds spice – not quite pepper but something.
Had to correct the burn line at first but that is minor. Draw is a little stiff but after a second and third puff it loosens up. Flavors meld together into warm bread, black pepper and hints of wood.
Near the end of the first third, vegetal notes appear. Cedar strengthens. Pepper intensifies.
The body is medium definitely to full The second third has more cedar. Some smokiness.
The pepper and spice strengthen in the middle.
Flavors really intensify at the end where we now taste sweetness along with the spice taking a back seat and the smoke still medium in the mouth. This definitely is fuller in body and is a great cigar. I’ve got one I’m holding on to to see how it changes over another year or two if I can mange!
It’s a new year and that means we’ve got a lot more to get through in the realm of smoking and drinking! Yes, the FDA’s bullshit ruling on new cigars will make it very difficult for innovation in flavor but there are plenty of cigars on the market that we will be trying, many of whom slipped in just before the FDA deadline.
As to drinking? What would you like to see in the new year? Seeing as how I’m in bourbon country, that may be the way I take this for a little while.
Also, there’s a class I’m in the process of developing that’s aimed at writers on drinking, sex, and booze. I’ll probably throw in my two cents about cigars too LOL!
The folks at Highland Cigar Company are still doing tastings on Tuesdays so you’ll get more updates from me on those. Those blog posts will probably be shorter though, due to the amount of notes I can take on a one-ounce pour of any given spirit.
I know I want more wine in my life, and I want more wine education, seeing as how I’ve forgotten much of what I used to know on viticulture and being an oenophile. Maybe I’ll pick random regions from France of Spain and find wines to suit and taste. We will see. All I know is that 2017 promises to be even better for the White Wolf Indulgence lifestyle.
I’d managed to snag this cigar in the Atlanta area, at a liquor store of all places. I’d been wanting to try it and see what the hype was about and was honestly surprised to find it in a well kept humidor in said liquor store.
Considering my first true triple Maduro was the Tres Maduro by ACC Cigars, the bar had been set pretty high. The two cigars could not be further apart in taste!
While we won’t get into comparison because it’s simply unfair, I will mention the similarities include entubado bunching method used to roll the Camacho and they end there. Touching the cigar revealed it pliable in all the right ways a cigar should be. The wrapper is dark and has a rugged appearance to it, like little flecks of spice on the leaf. When I clipped the cap and took a test draw, the cigar had a great draw and revealed odd notes for a cigar. Plum and fruit undertones, along with tobacco and a slight sweetness that had nothing to do with fruit, wet my palate. The cigar itself smelled of sweet and spice.
Upon lighting up, the cigar revealed mellow undercurrents of tobacco and strong pepper tones. The flavor of dark fruit was evident, something I thought I’d never taste in a cigar. Starting off this way was a stark contrast to the Tres, which had dark cocoa and chocolate notes.
The burn line started off even and stayed pretty much the same for most of the first third. The second third of the cigar had a solid burn too. Black pepper, surpassed the fruit, though it still remained evident. During the second third of the cigar, the spice had taken a back seat. The cigar is pretty in your face. A definite chalky taste appeared and reminded me of what one would find pleasant in a an old world wine.
The ash held on pretty well but every time I moved to take a photo, the ash fell. I do have video that I’ll upload and link back here once I do.
An hour and a half into the cigar, intense white pepper had encompassed most everything, almost like a bomb, though not quite like something you’d find in a JDN or LFD cigar. Notes of leather are more present. This is definitely a heavier cigar so make sure you eat a full meal.
This review originally appeared on StogiePress.com.
A few years back (almost ten at least) Oliva Cigar Company had picked up the notion of the sweet spot, that second third of a cigar that has all the flavors melded together, in perfection, and named it Nub. The cigars were short and stout. Good, but they were meant to smoke as long as a traditional size toro or churchill.
From a luxury standpoint, and one where you want to smoke something of elegance, but don’t have the time to devote a full hour to a cigar like Nub, and you want a really unique way to treat yourself I’d like to introduce you to π by ACC Cigars. PI, a modern cigar for the enthusiast on the go, measures 3.14 inches, and comes in 46, 48 and 50 ring gauges.
Superb construction, as with anything ACC Cigars puts out, means a triple cap, entubado bunching, and an experience worth repeating, just because the cigars have an outstanding taste. Among luxury brands, it’s truly one of the first concept cigars in the industry.
Straight burn line, the cigar itself is so well rolled it, like numerous other cigars in the Don Cervantes line (or anything ACC makes for that matter) can stand on its ash. Flavor profile? Very smooth, yeast and bread notes, along with a hint of baking spice make this the perfect cigar for those on the go. More complex than cigars of the same size, yet just as relaxing, the cigar definitely stands on its own merit. I’d also consider for those who smoke in the morning, to pair PI in any size with your favorite medium roast blend as it would compliment your coffee better than anything else.
The packaging is sleek as well. PI comes in metal tins of eight cigars, complete with a humidification device and matches that always work, another attribute to the care of quality behind an ACC product. The design of the metal container is more modern, in line with thinking about Fibonacci lines/spirals.
It’s been several weeks since we have had an episode of Pure Indulgence on Radio Dentata and due to the latest server crash/hack attempt, shows got lost. Thankfully I had the master copies so once I figure out what’s what, we’ll be uploading and playing again. I think though in light of my normal workload we might go to a once a month format.
Maybe twice a month, who knows.
I wanted to update the readers of this blog though. On an upcoming show we DO discover one of the tenets to The Pure Indulgence lifestyle. So stick around to Radio Dentata for that announcement!
We’ve been lax in recording new shows due to my appearance at DragonCon 2010 where I was a panelist for one of the late night adult panels. Fun thing that, in the middle of our panel, the folks next door came over and offered us free homemade brew. The dark colored fuller bodied stout had flavor, personality and character but alas, I did not get to try much more than a tiny cup full.
Wine was not involved though I had plenty of scotch on hand and made sure to pack my humidor with plenty of Tatuaje Havana VI’s. Glad I did. Brought my pipe too and was joined on occasion by other pipe and cigar smokers. Nice to know that Atlanta isn’t a restrictive place nor are there noises being made to start that path.
During future episodes of Pure Indulgence, we’ll review Jason Stephens 2006 Syrah and talk about Rescue Ink. Did any of you read the latest issue of Smoke Magazine featuring these cigar smoking, animal saving ruffians? I’m hoping to get them on the show soon and talk smokes and booze. Stay tuned!
Pure Indulgence airs Fridays at 4 PM PST and again Sundays at 5 PM PST on Radio Dentata