Review: Year of Puff

Year of Puff Review

A well rolled and evenly packed toro with a soft oil sheen and a very fine tooth. The draw was basically ideal for me, just a touch of resistance with plenty of smoke. The burn was also impressive, remaining razor sharp through much of the stick with a ribbed white ash. The texture was a right down the middle medium body with a chalky/powdery mouthfeel. The core flavor profile was rather foresty with supporting notes of ginger and sweet baking spices, with nuances of nutty and fruity notes, making for balanced experience reminiscent of trail mix at times. Makes me wish I was hiking, camping, or just sitting around a fire outside!

A single malt Highland or Speyside Scotch on the rocks would make great spirit pairings, as well as light to medium roast coffee with cream, or even a chai spice tea.

RH: 62%. Smoke Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Last year, Privada’s playful spoof on the Chinese Zodiac nearly led to a lawsuit, but true to the Privada spirit, They’re back with another daring release. Year of Puff, expertly crafted by the renowned AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua, rivals Zodiac releases from luxury brands at twice the price. This 6×54 toro features a Cuban-seed, Ecuadorian-grown wrapper aged for over ten years, as well as a three-year-aged binder from Estelí. The fillers, personally cultivated by AJ on his farms in Nicaragua, include a pinch of magic for an extraordinary smoking experience. Between the unbeatable smoking experience and highly collectible packaging, Year of Puff promises to be one of 2024’s premier offerings.
Release Date: Friday, June 7.

Privada Cigar Club is a premium subscription service renowned for providing its members with rare and exclusive cigars from around the world. Emphasizing quality and exclusivity, the club caters to enthusiasts keen on exploring the complexities of cigar flavors and craftsmanship. Along with the unique cigars, members receive detailed information about each selection, fostering an educational and communal environment among cigar enthusiasts. The club’s commitment to exclusivity extends to its sophisticated packaging and personalized customer service, making it a distinguished choice for those seeking a luxurious cigar experience.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan  / Binder:  Nicaragua / Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitola: Toro/ Size: 6×54

Factory: Tabacalera Annex/ Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Leather, vinegar, dried cranberries

Prunes, fig newtons

Dried leaves, cedar, ginger spice, raisin

Bright fresh ginger, fruit leather, sweet baking spices (almost like pumpkin pie spice), salty roasted almond, subtle peat and mossy notes particularly on the finish

Retrohale: Ginger and clove spice, cedar, hints of citrus

Bittersweet cocoa, candied cherries, cedar, increased presence of peat notes, walnuts, phantom butter notes, raisins, moments of dried apricots

Retrohale: Cocoa, roasted almond, baking spices, foresty moss notes, pine wood

Trail mix, pine, sunflower seeds, more mossy notes, baking spices

Retrohale: Lemon zest, white pepper, cedar

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Joe Kenney

I am a Certified Consumer Tobacconist, have enjoyed cigars for over 10 years, and I run the Jonose Cigars cigar review channel on YouTube. My primary goal is to spread cigar lifetsyle to as many as possible while discovering as much as possible about the craft of cigars along the way.

Joe Kenney

I am a Certified Consumer Tobacconist, have enjoyed cigars for over 10 years, and I run the Jonose Cigars cigar review channel on YouTube. My primary goal is to spread cigar lifetsyle to as many as possible while discovering as much as possible about the craft of cigars along the way.