Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun Torpedo (6 x 54)
This cigar I received with a group of other delicious morsels from Paul Stulac. A contest hosted by Paul and a fellow reviewer and friend, Phillip Kohn, granted me these great cigars. This time around, I'm smoking the Red Screaming Sun. Let's get into the review!
Covered by a dark brown toothy wrapper, this cigar has large but minimal veins and tight seems. The foot smells of earth, cocoa, and tobacco sweetness. I clip the cap (which is very neatly put together, and I get a fairly open draw. Pre-light draw flavors include red pepper spice and sweet tobacco notes.
Instant red pepper and tobacco spice hit my palate along with a hint of cocoa as I light this cigar. The spice is quite strong to start with, but already a slight creaminess announces its stance in the flavor profile. The aroma is semi-sweet and smoky and the foot produces a steady stream of wispy smoke. Retro-haling is a little rough at first, but I can taste a smoky cedar clearly.
I am a little confused with the flavors hitting my palate; it seems I'm tasting flavors I would normally find in a mocha but I can't pinpoint them all at the moment. A few puffs later, I clearly taste cedar, chocolate, cream, and spice that lingers at the back of the palate. The finish lasts thru each puff and until the next. Sweet tobacco and cedar are predominant flavors as the chocolate and creaminess float around the palate.
The retro-hale has smoothed out significantly and has become sweet and creamy. Draw smoke is thick and savory and the ash is holding strong, pale gray and slightly flaky. Coffee has become present in the draw.
Suddenly I notice a slight citrus flavor thru the retro-hale. A slight lemon zest appears in the draw and defines itself. I've had this cigar in my humidor for a couple of months now and it is definitely paying off. What an incredible smoke! I'm not even thru the first third yet.
The sweetness is still present, but the chocolate and cream notes have backed off a little. The smoke itself is still creamy in consistency. Cedar notes become smoky and meaty. A steak and potatoes cigar for sure.
Approaching the second third, the predominant tasting notes are: cedar, cream, and sweet tobacco. A tad bit of earthiness floats around as well. The ash finally falls off just in time for the second third to begin. Citrus notes are still present but much less prevalent, tasting less like lemon zest. Spice has almost disappeared. The burn line is a bit wavy now, but has not been a problem whatsoever throughout the cigar.
I taste a sweet hickory mingling with the cocoa and tobacco notes. The lemon zest has diminished and a black pepper note replaces it to linger on the back of my palate; a very light black pepper. Mocha like flavors in the first third; smoked and peppered meatiness in the second...what should I expect next?
The chocolate ramps up a bit approaching the final third. Retro-haling is woody and smoky; campfire like. No other major flavors at this point.
Coffee notes are moving to the forefront along with cedar and cocoa. The finish is still defined by sweet cocoa and tobacco alongside the cedar notes. The sweet flavors continue to linger on my palate until the next draw. A sweet and savory smoke.
Woodiness and spice begin to pick up alongside the cocoa. Smoke is flowing freely from the foot and the finish start to become a bit dry but still strong. The end of this cigar is a bittersweet cocoa, cedar and tobacco. Time to nub this one and call it a night!
This was another EXTREMELY delicious cigar from Paul Stulac Cigars. This man keeps your palate attentive with his blends. I definitely suggest you try out ANYTHING blended from this man here! Thanks again, Paul, for these wonderful cigars. Hope to get more soon! Enjoy your night, all, and long ashes to you!
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