Paul Stulac makes some very high quality cigars in my opinion and I have highly enjoyed the two I have reviewed thus far. (White Blinding Light & Black Midnight Fire) Today I dig into the third and final blend from this trio release, the Red Screaming Sun. I hope that it can keep up with the standards set by it’s predecessors. ;)
The wrapper of the Red Screaming Sun is sort of a muddled, brown color, a bit rough, or maybe I should say toothy, and there is some spotting at the foot. A little less “pretty” than others, but no big deal to me. The wrapper and foot only give off the smell of slightly sweet tobacco, but the cold draw reveals a lot more. I am getting the sweet tobacco but there is also an interesting “sweet spice” note. Hard to describe, but akin to the way a mango-habanero sauce is sweet & spicy.
The Red Screaming Sun starts off with a slight sweetness and a subtle spice. Very similar to the cold draw, and the mango-habanero analogy. This was the flavor profile for the first third, and the smoke production was nice, white & thick. The retrohale was nice and smooth and did not contain that much spice, to me.
The second third of the Red Screaming Sun spun things around. There was a period of nutty flavors, that quickly turned into wood. It seemed to be cedar at first, but then a couple minutes in, it was definitely more of a sweet, smokey oak. The retrohale was still pretty tame and the smoke was nice. The burn was wavy for the first two thirds and my OCD required me to do minor touchups, but nothing major.
The Red Screaming Sun REALLY changes up here, in the final third. Although, the change is very noticeable, I was not instantly able to pinpoint the flavors. There were various notes of smoke, wood and red pepper spice. After this change smoothed out, I noticed a cherry wood note, similar to that in the White Blinding Light, but less cherry ‘fruit’ & more cherry ‘wood’. The spice now, is mainly in the retrohale, which has accomplished quite a bite! As I neared what I was considering to be the end of the final third, I began to get intermittent blasts of sweet & creamy.
I either misjudged my thirds on this cigar or this one was just funny like that. But well after the band, and when I was sure it was about to be over, The Red Screaming Sun began to get very salty, with about 1.5” left. I went a bit further, but eventually had to go, and care for the family.
So, did the Red Screaming Sun live up? I would say that, yes, yes it did. It was a very enjoyable and flavorful cigar. Of the three though, I would rank them like this: 1) White Blinding Light, 2) Black Midnight Fire 3) Red Screaming Sun.
Also, I am going to start rating my cigars, just as Logan started. I have wanted to do some kind of rating for a while now, and really felt a system that rated based on how many you would buy made the most sense. Well, before Logan started his rating, we discussed this and when I found out he was headed in the same direction, I hopped on board. So, my reviews from now on will include the same rating style.
92 - Box Split (While it's worth a box, I would rather buy a box of the WBL or BMF.)