Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, USA
Vitola: Cotton Tail (5 x 52/62)
Purchase Link: Bespoke Cotton Tail
Bespoke Cotton Tail Review - California
Summary: Anyone ever give a girl a Spider-Man kiss? Unless you have a set of monkey bars in your house, it's very difficult to accomplish. That's how I felt lighting this cigar. Awkward, but worth the payoff. Rich, sweet BBQ sauce and sherry cask. I touch up the burn a few times within the first five minutes to make sure this thing doesn't burn as funny as it looks. Brazil nut, coconut, and peat. The burn line is nothing to write home about, but it's not really a distraction. I believe I've been smoking for over 30 minutes and I'm barely past the first inch. The nuttiness is transitioning to brown-sugar-sprinkled-pecans. Smoke output is waning so I knock off the ash and make sure it's lit.
The second third begins with floral notes which is fitting because I'm smoking this on May Day. Not many flavor transitions in this third, but it retains its complexity.
Final third is getting a bit hot. No chance I'm putting this down before it's nubbed though. BAM! Parsley with the Emeril Lagasse finish.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Keeping in your first-string team and running up the score on your rivals.
Pairing Suggestion: Rye.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box.
Bespoke Cotton Tail Review - Wisconsin
Summary: With a distinctive twisted closed foot, you'd think this would be a very recognizable cigar. I didn't recognize it, and both sides looked like they could be the end to light up. So I had to e-mail to ask which end was which on this smoke.
Turns out you light the twist; that was new. The foot gave me a nice cream, oak, cedar, and cereal grain mix when I lit it up. When I got to the main part of the cigar, it added pepper, honey, cocoa, caramel, and quite a bit of umami. Earth joined the mix, and added to the richness and deliciousness of the flavors and combinations.
The construction was right on point, even with the odd vitola. Burn and draw were perfect. This was a well-crafted cigar.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like balanced flavors and an odd-but-interesting-looking cigar, give this one a shot.
Pairing Suggestion: I'd pair with water for the full effect of the cigar. If you must pair, I bet hot chocolate would go nicely.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box. A nice sweetness balances out the earth, pepper, and cocoa notes. This cigar would be a winner for a lot of palates.
Bespoke Cotton Tail Review - Oregon
Summary: This is probably one of the more uniquely shaped cigars I’ve ever seen. With the cap end seeming wrapped closed and the foot featuring a pigtail closure...pure confusion set in when deciding which end to light. Additionally, the cap end was a smaller ring size than the foot. Barnyard and cinnamon from the wrapper smells rather sweet. After cutting both ends of the stick, the cold draw was easy and also sweet.
Sweet floral notes, fresh hay and mild spice provide the majority of the profile flavors. Occasionally a touch of pepper spice and mineral note appear in the mix. The retrohale carries a mild amount of pepper as well and a discernible amount of sweetness.
The floral notes, for me, are so prominant and strong that they're bordering on overpowering. The sweetness in the profile is really enjoyable and if the base flavors were just a little different, it would really be hitting high marks. As it is, I am finding very little to be interested in with this stick other than the unique shape. I will offer this, the construction is spot on and I burn right through to the end with zero corrections and no burn issues at all. The draw remained rock steady as well.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this you might like afternoons in the hammock listening to Neil Diamond.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with something sweet. Sweetened coffee or a sweet cocktail.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: I’m going single stick on this one.
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