Masquerade 2021 Ltd. Edition is a full-bodied, full-strength 5.5x50 short toro. Wrapper is a 8-year-aged San Andres maduro. Fillers will remain a very closely guarded secret...but they are all between 6-12 years aged!
First light is a mountain of flavor! Dark chocolate, raw sugar cane, toasted nuts, and whipped cream rush across the palate. Hints of cinnamon stick, and roasted espresso beans follow immediately after. The finish lingers long on the tongue with notes of nutmeg and cream. Retrohale adds a warming black pepper burn.
As it progresses, the age of the tobacco starts to be tasted immediately. The flavor is hard to describe...but it's incredible! Along with that are hints of dark brown sugar, bourbon barrel, and white pepper.
Halfway, salted caramel, rich milk chocolate, aged leather, and nuts emerge. The richness goes up another level. Hints of cocoa, vanilla beans, hazelnut, and clove appear. The balance between sweet and savory is perfect. Amazing!
Last third, the richness and depth of the flavors goes completely off the charts! Huge waves of dark chocolate reappear. Powdered sugar, walnuts, black licorice, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and butter. The last third of this cigar could possibly be the most complex flavors I've ever experienced in a cigar!