It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a hot new release from IPCPR 2016. The Tabernacle from Foundation Cigar Company features a super dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. The ornate label tops off this beautiful stick. For this review, I smoke the 6×52 Toro.
On the cold draw, I pick up a bitter espresso flavor. The wrapper produces a chocolate and leather aroma, while I smell faint tobacco out of the foot. Once lit, I get hit with creamy cocoa on the draw alongside black pepper. Through the nose, cocoa and black pepper sit up front with a hint of leather. The finish gives me more black pepper and cocoa as well as creamy earth.
Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up rich cocoa with leather and molasses. Through the nose, I get a mix of black pepper and pencil lead. The finish produces buttery cocoa and black pepper. Strength settles in at the medium-to-full mark, while body is very full.
The second third closes out at one hour and fifteen minutes. Salty cocoa pairs with spicy leather and damp earth on the draw. The retro-hale offers up spicy cocoa and black pepper. On the finish, I’m hit with a black pepper bomb contrasted by creamy wheat. Strength and body both hit the full mark.
The final third ends at a whopping two hours. Creamy leather melts with cocoa and more damp earth on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up more black pepper with the introduction of a char note. The finish delights me with deep, bold espresso and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the full mark.
The Tabernacle is a phenomenal cigar. The “dark” flavor profile is right up my alley with a high level of complexity and enough power to keep things interesting. It’s easily one of the best new releases from the 2016 IPCPR trade show. This is a box-worthy stick that I highly recommend. Don’t miss it!