BINDER: Ecuadorian, Cameroon
FILLER: Dominican; USA (CT & PA) Nicaraguan
ORIGIN: La Aurora, Santiago, Dominican Republic
Cocoa butter, caramel, nougat. Coarse ground white pepper lifts those notes and braces them atop burgeoning & billowy undertones of toasted cream & buttery cedar. Meanderings of pale dried fruits permeate the profile. Light-roasted coffee beans come in at the half to give lush middlings a decent back-bone.
Oh, spices. They present as a nuance of pepper -- white ginger, cinnamon (& sugar). Some vanilla extract. I get a sense of French Toast. Ooh-la-la. Finish is long-legged but a somewhat disappointingly simple sweet cream, leathery oil. Malt. OK... not disappointing. Long-unfurling. Body smooths & moistens after a tick gruff & dry onset.
Combustion & construction, however, each suffer some to the tune of effecting the final grade. Ash aerates & flakes, burn-line blisters. Wants to peter-out @ mid-point. Pack density softens unevenly via progression. Draws a tick hesitant/hollow hither/yon. B I G smoke out-put offers a dense room-note akin to finish. In terms of true nicotine strength, becomes sneaky-strong in 3/3.