If you like chocolate, you're in luck! There's no shortage of cigars that taste like chocolate in our hobby, and we've put together a tasting sampler to showcase five very different expressions of chocolate in cigars.
Of course, we could have just named Tatuaje's TAA 2014 (a veritable lesson in chocolate) but they've been long gone for a while now. If you're lucky enough to still have one of these laying around, feel free to lighter 'er up and smile like a kid left alone in a candy store. If not, grab one of these and tell us if you think we hit the mark or not!
Here are a few more of our articles to assist with Tasting Samplers:
- Hold the Pepper: 5 Cigars without Pepper
- Classic Tasting Notes Volume I: Cream, Earth, Cedar, Dark Chocolate, Pepper
- Classic Tasting Notes Volume II: Leather, Citrus, Milk Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cherry
- Classic Tasting Notes Volume III: Peanuts, Floral, Hickory, Grass, Honey
- Classic Tasting Notes Volume IV: Vanilla Malt, Barnyard, Maple Syrup, Caramel, Graham Cracker
Spicy, Gritty Chocolate: BLTC Sindustry
Hailing from Fabrica Oveja Negra, Black Works Studio’s Sindustry is another bold offering from James Brown. What I love about this cigar is its ability to blend a sweeter tasting note like chocolate with gritty leather and copious amounts of pepper. It’s like sipping your first mug of Mexican Hot Chocolate and realizing just how great the push and pull of sweet and spicy can be!
Chocolate Earth: Emilio Cavatina
Cavatina also comes to us from Fabrica Oveja Negra and is another killer expression from James Brown. Whereas Sindustry displays a Type A personality, Cavatina is more subtle and requires a little more attention. Chocolatey earth is easily distinguished in the regular mouthfeel, but the magic in this blend is in the retro hale and its long, satisfying finish of honeysuckles, citrus and more chocolate.
Milk Chocolate: Caldwell The King is Dead
The classic choice for milk chocolate with Caldwell’s application of its Negrito wrapper, this figurado allows the cigar enthusiast to experience a wider range of body and complexity as the intensity builds naturally. If Kinder Chocolate were to sponsor a cigar brand, this would undoubtedly be their choice.
Other Mentions: Classic Tasting Notes Vol. 2
Dark Chocolate: Crowned Heads Le Careme
Not to be outdone, Crowned Heads took a different approach to Chocolate with Le Careme, a cigar specifically blended to pay homage to a world-renowned Chef. A good portion of this cigar tastes like unadulterated dark chocolate, something that can be off-putting at first to some but unique and noteworthy. I’ve found myself reaching for them much more than I ever thought initially because there’s just nothing else quite like it.
Mocha: DTT Sin Compromiso
What do you get when you combine a mouthwatering flavor profile with flawless construction? Sin Compromiso, Steve Saka’s masterpiece. This blend has chocolate for days, mixing with earth, chicory, and coffee for incredible nuances wrapped inside a velvety-smooth smoking experience. I never knew it, but I don’t want to live in a world in which Sin Compromiso doesn’t exist!