The Tatuaje Tattoo Cigar Is Rated A Nine Out Of Ten By ReviewersAs a boutique cigar company, Pete Johnson and his crew pride themselves on creating cigars with incredible flavor profiles that defy the palate when people first encounter them. And the Tatuaje Tattoo does not disappoint. It is a sultry stogie with its coffee-colored Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper and mocha-flavored Nicaraguan binder and filler. It comes in four vitolas: Adivino (5 ½ x 58), Bonitos (6 ½ x 52), Caballeros (5 x 50), and the Universo (6 x 50). Do not get these confused with the box-pressed limited edition from 2011. These are an entirely different line and blend which Pete Johnson is using as an entry level price cigar. 

The first thing you notice about the Tatuaje Tattoo is the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It is a beautiful dark brown color with an oily sheen and some marbling and slightly visible veining and seams. On the cold draw, reviewers noted there were hints of palate-tingling spiciness, coffee, and mocha. After lighting, the first-third begins with a numbing blast of black pepper which is Johnson’s way of paying homage to the Garcia family whose cigars almost always feature this signature kick. Once the pepper subsides, you are treated to an earthy herbal and mocha flavor. The herbal note is more pronounced on the retrohale than it is on the draw. A delicious, spicy citrus note dominates the second-third. The earth and mocha notes subside during the second-third. The final third ramps up the spice and dials down the citrus, mocha, and earth flavors. The spice is never harsh, but a pleasant finish to a nice smoke. 

Overall, the Tatuaje Tattoo is a solid stogie. It is well-constructed with a firm ash, good burn rate, and even burn line. The draw is open, but not loose. The strength profile is a little robust for a novice smoker, and for a more experienced aficionado. Considered as “box worthy” by enthusiasts, reviewers give this a nine out of ten for its strength, flavor profile, and smooth smoking experience.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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