The Paul Stulac Black Midnight Fire is one of three blends released last year. Early last year I reviewed the White Blinding Light, one of the other releases and was very impressed. So, I am going into this particular blend with high hopes and the appearance does not let me down. Really digging the matte black band with the signature Paul Stulac design in gold.
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The wrapper itself is a dark chocolate brown with pronounced veins and an unpressed appearance. The torpedo vitola is one of my personal favorites and the Black Midnight Fire has flawless construction. Smelling the wrapper and foot I scents of leather and cedar with just a hint of cocoa. After a quick clip of the cap, a cold draw showed a perfect draw and a very smooth, slightly sweet flavor. I took quite a few cold draws, just enjoying the flavors, and noticed that I developed a pronounced tingle on my lips and tongue, similar to red pepper.
The Black Midnight Fire lit perfectly and instantly the smoke poured out, in thick white puffs. Always love when the smoke production is this good. The flavors were fairly muted in the first third, good, but not very pronounced. Mostly a mild coffee and cocoa flavors. Very smooth and mildly sweet. Burn was absolute perfection and the ash was tight and straight.
As the Paul Stulac Black Midnight Fire enters the second third, the flavors change up and ramp up as well. It starts out with a thick, dark sweetness, that I eventually pin down as molasses. Yummy. That only lasted about a quarter of an inch, before the sweetness tones down and I start getting a black pepper tingle. The smoke and burn are still spot on!
The final portion of the Black Midnight Fire carries over the flavors from the second third for a few minutes, before making a VERY tasty switch up. All of a sudden it was as if I was pulling brown sugar through this thing! And then it becomes more of a honey flavor. Honey, like squeezing a bottle of honey straight into your mouth. Well, okay, it isn’t that exactly, but it was as though the tobacco was made from honey. lol This continued all the way to the end.
The flavors were just great for me. First time I really had such pronounced flavors of honey & brown sugar. I literally NEVER had to touch up the burn or anything like that. It was just so perfect, as was the ash, which you can see in the pics. Without a doubt, I need to start stocking my humidor with more Paul Stulac. Definitely a soon to be staple for me. :)