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Cigar Review: Lost & Found Cherry Pepper Cream Soda

Lost & Found Cherry Pepper Cream Soda

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost & Found cigar line are cigars that were produced by an array of cigar manufactures for numerous projects that got lost in aging rooms in these factories, hence the name “Lost & Found.” Robert Caldwell of Caldwell cigars delivers these limited-edition releases, while traveling through the cigar manufacturing world he discovered these great forgotten smokes that are now well aged.

 

 

The Lost & Found line is part of Impromptu, a concept that came out of a few of his favorite things, traveling, smoking cigars, discovering and sharing. 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.”

 

 

“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”

 

 

Here we go again! Lost & Found continues to release cigars acquired from off the beaten path cigar rooms, factory’s and wherever else they find them around the world. Cigars that are not only aged offerings, but cigars that invoke deep thoughts about what they really are? and what am I really smoking? From a marketing standpoint this is absolutely brilliant! Re-found and renamed.

Lost & Found invokes deep thought and what I like to call “THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A CIGAR” based in the creative partnership of Robert Caldwell, Jaclyn Sears and Tony Bellatto giving a sort of rebirth to cigars that either had there run or never made the shelves in the first place.

Adding to the collectable aspect of the cigars, with art work designed by Sears, retailers can hardly keep them on the shelves as where in original form perhaps they didn’t move or sell at all? That’s the Psychology of it all! In a society where we’re all looking for the next best thing we can find it in the same familiar cigars tasting just a little better simply due to some tasty art work and a catchy new name. BRILLIANT!!

 

  • APPEARANCE

The wrapper is light cappuccino in color with very notable tooth, vein and seam with a rounded cap and open foot. Sans band they come in bundles of six wrapped in a paper bag. The art work on the project has you licking your lips! Decked out in burgundy and grey colors it looks like a certain soda were all familiar with complete with two cherries on top and a bottle cap oozing with goodness.

On the lower right corner in the “Lost & Found” stamp along with a brief description of the cigars, year, size and country of origin. Pre-light aroma had notes of cedar, cinnamon and sweet natural tobacco. The cold draw produced light flavors of leather, earth and cedar.

  • FIRST LIGHT

At first light flavors of bitter cedar char, dark chocolate and raw cocoa bean. Once the initial first light char burned off, the cigar transitions with sweet cedar, coffee and light mild milk chocolate. Minimal spice is noted in the form of a black pepper dusting. The retro is producing a manageable white pepper evolving into a nutty chocolate flavor.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control sweet cedar and woody notes have taken point on the flavor profile. Roasted nuts in the form of walnut and dry almonds are background flavors most notable in between draws along with a light spice notable on the lips and back of the palate. The retro has increased slightly producing a stronger white pepper evolving into roasted almonds and semi sweet chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration of the vitola leather and walnuts have taken point with nuances of cedar, milk chocolate and cocoa bean. Off and on the the chocolate notes have turned to milk, semi sweet and bitter dark. The cigar has remained consistent never losing the woody, nutty flavors in between draws. The leather flavor has increased producing a raw hide flavor, however balancing in with the woody cedar flavors of roasted nuts and chocolate.

The black pepper has tapered off slightly but still producing a spicy element keeping the vitola at a high medium bodied offering. The retro has increased in strength producing blasts of white pepper right through the nostrils and felt on the back of the palate evolving into nutty flavors of dark semi sweet chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

I smoked five out of the six that came in the bundle and took the most consistent flavor notes from the cigars. Two of the five had distinct sweet flavors and were smoked in the early morning on a fresh palate, I took the most consistent tasting indicators from the remaining three. The construction of the CPCS was for the most part solid on the 11 year old cigar with no wrapper cracks or palpable soft spots.

The ash on the cigar was extremely loose and flowered on several of the vitolas smoked for review. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance producing huge plumes of cedar aroma smoke. A few re-lights were required during the final duration on three examples but the weather in Simi Valley has been cold, damp and raining so I’m not blaming that on any construction issues.

The strength of the CPCS was in the solid HIGH MEDIUM bodied range and produced a myriad of balanced and tasty flavors you would expect out of aged tobacco. As long as Lost & Found keeps finding them I’ll keep smoking them.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Leather/Raw Hide
  • Chocolate/Dark Bitter/Milk
  • Walnuts/Almonds
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Coffee
  • Black Pepper/Mild
  • Cedar/Char/Sweet
  • Retro White Pepper evolving into flavors of Nuts/Dark Semi Sweet Chocolate

 

 


Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 5

Cigar Smoke Rate: 89

Production: 3,000 cigars found

Size: 6 x 48 (Toro)

Wrapper: Unknown

Binder: Unknown

Blend: Dominican Super Secret Mofo

 

 

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