In February, Cigar Chat did a Paul Stulac Cigars episode, and Paul was very generous. On top of the regular giveaway packs, he decided last minute that everyone who was in attendance would get one free cigar. Very sweet deal, and since I can't find them locally, very convenient, and I ended up with the White Blinding Light Torpedo Maduro. This was my first ever Paul Stulac cigar, but it won't be the last.
This is a very slick looking cigar and I have become a big fan of torpedoes on top of that. Great construction and a very nice looking band lend to a great cigar without ever lighting it up. Check out the past Cigar Chat episode with Paul or his website to learn more about the brand, it's a neat story. But, on to the review!
The foot of this White Blinding Light gives off a sweet, leathery, tobacco odor, that is very pleasing to the senses. A quick snip of the tip and the cold draw tastes of dark cherry and wood. Maybe even go as far as to say it tastes a bit like cherry wood. Now I'm even more excited to light this up!
I toasted the foot up and got it fully lit (as I do) before taking a puff. The initial flavor was so good on the first draw, that I actually wrote "Holy sh*t!" as my first flavor note. lol It was that good. The entire first third had the flavor of dark cherries and a background of leather and a little wood. The smoke itself has the aroma of a campfire almost, bringing out the scent of burning oak. Awesome...
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In the second third the cherry remains, but the leather begins to ramp up. The smoke feels a bit thicker in my mouth and it's more of a 'meaty', cherry flavor now, because of the leather. There was a slight film that had coated my mouth in the first third, but it has gone away now. The smoke production on this thing has been crazy thick so far.
One more change-up as the last third hits. The cherry has faded far to the background, the leather loosened it's grip and I start getting hit with small blasts of white pepper. Kind of like the finale of a fireworks show, the end of this cigar is going out with a bang! Even the smoke hangs heavy and still in the air after each puff, just as the smoke from a large aerial rocket will.
If you haven't had one yet, go find some. I have got to get my hands on some more of his line, if this is any indicator of his blends. I paired this with a vodka martini, this time with olives as the garnish. Went very well, each sip of the martini cleansed my palette and made the cherry flavors pop. Definitely a good idea. :)