habano – Spirited Smoke
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Hit & Run Part Deux Almost Robusto

The hit and run part duex is a collaboration blend between Caldwell Cigar Co. & Room 101. 

I have only had one other collaborated cigar from these two which was the Lost and Found Cigars Paradise Lost Circa 2014, Aged 5 years. So I am pretty excited to light up another Caldwell 101. Especially because my favorite type of wrapper is Habano. 

Off to the details for this Rip & Dip – 

Wrapper – Habano
Binder – Undisclosed
Filler –  Domincan Republic, Nicaragua, & U.S.A

1st –
This blend starts out with a great amount of cedar, toasted nuttiness, a very nice floral note popping in & out. Nice amount of spiced cedar and a peppery spice on the finish, leathery charred oak & some light earthy notes. 

2nd –
Right away I’m hit with a blast of citrus zest, as white chocolate ensues. Now here comes more black pepper. LOTS of black pepper, and I don’t mind it at all. Leather comes in and kinda ruins the vibe for me.

3rd –
I am enjoying this spiced cedar coming forward as the citrus zest shifts to a honey sweetness, accompanied by a very nice bready note. I can only compare it to a rye bready note with leather popping up every now and then.

PROS;

First of all, I loved the smooth transitions of this cigar and really enjoyed the citrus zest, white chocolate, honey sweetness, and bready notes. Also, Spiced cedar or black pepper has always been a nice compliment to most flavors for me. So this cigar has a lot going for it. 

CONS;

I did not enjoy the leather for the notes. And the big points lost were 2 re-lights, and 2 burn corrections for a very uneven burn. That lost 13 points total for me and the leather notes lost 2 points for me. 

SCORE = 85

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El Titan De Bronze Redemption Sungrown Habano Corona 

El Titan De Bronze 
Redemption Sungrown Habano 
Corona 
 
Beer pairing =
1st – Founders Brewing Backwoods Bastard
2nd – Founders Brewing Dirty Bastard 

1st – 
Floral & Nutty notes, spiced cedar on finish, roasted peanuts and a nice bit of strength. 

2nd – 
The blend really starts getting interesting here. Almost a whiskey burn on the finish. It’s not a peppery burn, just more spicy with a hot woodsy note, like a nice oak barrel note with a whiskey feel on the finish. More nuttiness but with caramel notes now, a very similar floral jam note like the Gran Reserva Maduro but with more spiced cedar and nuttiness on the finish. 

3rd – 
Toasty nuttiness, cinnamon, beatifiul charred woodsy note with spiced cedar. Caramel starts to taste like a smooth caramel toffee with great spiced cedar. 

This is a smooth sailing cigar, kick back and let the perfect transitions appear.  I’d say this is up there with their Gran Reserva and My Way. If you haven’t checked out El Titan De Bronze, you should definitely check it out asap. 

Score = 97
 
Founders Backwoods Bastard
(scotch style ale aged in oak bourbon barrels)
This beer is very smooth, accentuates the caramel and oak notes, a nice addition to the “whiskey note” but maybe too sweet for this pairing and a little too similar in flavors for any contrast. The pairing is still good, but could be better. 

Founders Brewing Dirty Bastard
(precursor to backwoods bastard, a scotch style ale) 
This beer still has its “bite” 
It’s not overwhelming, just present. I liked this more because it has more umph of scotch and creates an interesting contrast to the cigar notes.