Lost & Found Orange Pepper Cream Soda
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW?
“BCS is not a Caldwell project. It is not a Caldwell brand. It is not even a brand. It is a concept. We do not manufacture the cigars. They are something Lost and then Found. We go after cigars that were very special when they were on the shelves and breathe new life into them. It is a chance to bring in one-off cigars that have been aged to perfection and share them with true connoisseurs. Some quantities have been as low as 100 cigars. It is the coolest thing to ever happen a second time to a great cigar”
Bellatto,Caldwell and Sears or as I like to call them “The Three Stooges”
According to Robert Caldwell, “Over several months I have been traveling all over the world spending a lot of time in the Caribbean and Central America in many tobacco fields and factories. Along the way I stumbled upon certain cigars that really left an impression on me. My friends suggest we share them with our friends and customers. These are very special cigars, made with rare tobaccos that have been aged to a point seldom enjoyed by most of us. I cannot take credit with making these beauties, nor for bringing them to you- just for discovering them.”
Lost & Found is pretty hush hush about information regarding the cigars they offer, mostly it’s the run numbers and rarely the wrappers, binders and filler. The Orange Pepper Cream Soda is no exception, sans info on the packaging the artwork is bright, lively and catchy. On an orange background is a green bottle of soda, not just any soda in large bold letters reads “NEW” “Orange Pepper Cream Soda” in green and white. An orange slice sits on the motif with dark orange accents on the background. There is no information on the packaging about the blend or production numbers, just eye catching artwork on a paper bag colored package. The oily wrapper (unknown) is dark leathery brown and has notable seam, tooth and vein. Sans band like all offerings from Lost & Found is all about the aforementioned packaging. The cigar has a rounded cap and a wide open foot. Pre light aroma didn’t have too much on the wrapper but the footer had notes of cedar, barnyard and earth. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, sweet tea and natural tobacco. The OPCS come in a pack with six vitolas.
- FIRST LIGHT
Upon first light flavors of chocolate, bitter char and orange peel. Heavy nutty flavors of raw walnuts and roasted almonds. Sweet flavors of thick maple and raw cinnamon with nuances of brown sugar char. Black pepper is present at a medium level. A coating of spice similar to Red Hots is coating the palate in between draws. The retro is producing full level white pepper evolving into flavors of dried fruit, like raisins.
- CRUISE CONTROL BURN
Entering cruise control the char has mellowed out allowing flavors of coffee, leather and earthy notes to move forward. A citrus nuance has appeared in the form of bitter lemon peel with an orange zest background (no my mind hasn’t taken over the power of suggestion of my taste factors, it’s really there) the nutty element has increased with roasted walnuts and caramelized almonds. Black pepper has decreased to mild allowing the hearty roasted flavors to take point. The retro is producing white pepper at a decreased level with a slight burnt woody sensation evolving into flavors of charred toffee.
- FINAL THIRD
In the final duration the Orange Pepper Cream Soda has lost all traces of black pepper allowing the core flavors of roasted nuts to take point. Roasted walnuts and plain cashews with a sweet nuance of caramelized almonds are prominent. The citrus flavors have disappeared, background flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather and earth are balancing in with the aforementioned core flavors. Brown sugar char and raw cinnamon are creating a unique aftertaste in between draws. The retro is producing the last element of spice with increased white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of toffee and chocolate.
The construction of the OPCS was very good, no palpable soft spots or weak portions of the wrapper were noted on all three examples smoked for review. The burn line was straight and produced a solid ash looking like a stack of dimes, grayish black in color it held tight past the inch point and tapped off pretty easy. The draw on the V cut was wide open with little to no resistance producing copious amounts of aroma filled smoke. The strength of the OPCS was in the straight MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse that produced some tasty roasted nutty flavors both full and balanced. Complex enough to be paired with a high end scotch and simple enough to be accompanied with morning coffee.
- Bitter Char/Orange Peel
- Raw Walnuts/Roasted Almonds/Plain Cashews/Caramelized Almonds
- Raw Cinnamon
- Brown Sugar Char
- Citrus Notes/Bitter Lemon Peel
- Black Pepper Medium/Red Hots
- White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dried Fruit/Raisins/Toffee/Chocolate
Cigars for review: Purchased
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke Rate: 89
Production Run: N/A
Additional Photo: Lost & Found (BellattoCaldwellSears.com)