Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun with Ensign Red Canadian Whisky – Spirited Smoke

Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun with Ensign Red Canadian Whisky

Since I’m on vacation, I decided to celebrate Sunday evening with the highly touted Red Screaming Sun. Picked up the Ensign Red to pair with it, and I’ll mention it later.

This is a beautiful cigar, and my first lancero. Funny how it made me think I needed to behave like a gentleman, as compared to a larger ring gauge that makes me feel like a boss.

While other reviews describe a lot of pepper, I didn’t pick up on that, other than on the retrohale. It’s possible the whisky washed out some of the pepper.

Out of the wrapper, I picked up a sweet grass aroma and cocoa. The longer I took with it, the more the cocoa came through. Lighting up, that didn’t change significantly. It had a good draw and an even burn. Great construction.

Through the first third I picked up burnt sugar, then blackened steak. The undercurrent of sweetness reminded me of warm sugar cookies. There was a faint hint of something I could only compare to burning rubber, but it was very faint and not off-putting at all. That seems like a weird description, and maybe to a more developed palate would be a pepper or some other spice. Sometimes I pick it up in blackened seasonings for steak. Anise, maybe?

On the second third, Mr. Stulac began to make his case. The sugar cookie turned to burnt marshmallows and I picked up a slight reminder of Frosted Flakes. As I neared the end of the second third, the aroma of burning damp fall leaves joined the party. The blackened steak stuck around, and the cigar was getting more complex and interesting.

For the final third, a mesquite char developed and stayed to the end. That may have been the early burnt rubber I got.

The Red Screaming Sun smoked easily and didn’t overpower me like some complex smokes will do. It was a challenge and a delight for me to try to pin down notes that wouldn’t sound absurd to someone else.

This was my 2nd Privada club cigar, and another example of the uniqueness and quality only found here.

As for the Ensign Red, nosing the bottle after uncorking, it was just syrupy sweet, not much else going on. Nosing after the pour, the spice woke up and I’d compare it to cider on the nose. I found it had good legs and coated the mouth evenly. It was easy to sip, and played a sound second fiddle to the gorgeous cigar. I’m not saying you should run out and buy a bottle, but for its $20 price point it’s worth having around.


About the author: Tony Poiles
Quickly approaching retirement:) Born, raised and currently live in Louisville, KY. Love to travel, but devoted to Derby City! Interests: Bourbon and other spirits, fine cigars, horse racing, golf, reading (big fan of what I refer to as 'Florida noir', which started with John MacD's Travis McGee series). Also mildly Parrothead (I got a Caribbean soul...) as well as enjoy all music genres.

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