KNIFE FIGHT XQ Edition is a full-bodied, full-strength 5x52 short toro wrapped in a luscious Corojo 99 rosado leaf. Binder and filler tobaccos will remain secret...but all tobaccos are between 6-13 years aged!
First light is awe-inspiring! Huge waves of extra-dark chocolate and aged leather instantly wash over the palate. Immediately following, bold flavors of caramel, heavy cream, and dark-roasted coffee appear. The finish is long adding vanilla bean and dark brown sugar. Retrohale is very warm with a red pepper burn.
As it progresses, cocoa and leather come to the fore. Hints of black walnut and red oak. The finish continues to impress--very clean with hints of clove and spice.
Halfway, maple wood, white pepper, and cask-strength whiskey emerge. The finish brings waves of black licorice, toasted marshmallow, and sweet tea. The age of tobacco really starts to be tasted. It's a mature, refined flavor that only comes from extra aging. So delicious that it's hard to describe!
The last third everything gets intense! Creamy espresso, dark leather, and red pepper become pronounced. Balanced perfectly by flavors of toffee, cinnamon stick, and cashew. Unbelievable down to the nub!