Tatuaje M80

Tatuaje M80

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Firecracker
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6.67 ($99 for a box of 15)
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Awhile back Two Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire had Don Pepin Garcia make them an exclusive Blue Label cigar called the “Firecracker.” The “Firecracker” was a 3x50 pepper stick with a long fuse coming from the cap. This June, Two Guys commissioned Pete Johnson and Pepin to do another firecracker-like stick, this time just a tad bit longer- 4x50. They named this one the ubiquitous “M80.”

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Tatuaje La Verité Vintage 2008

Tatuaje La Verité Vintage 2008

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 47
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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Another fine cigar sent to me from Tobacconist University is the Tatuaje - La Verite, Vintage 2008. La Verite, a 7 x 47 Churchill vitola, is a Nicaraguan Habano puro made for Tatuaje by Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars, S.A. with all of the tobacco coming from a single farm in Esteli, Nicaragua known as, "La Estrella" which means, "The Star." Nicaraguan Habano is a traditional Cuban seed varietal popular for its individual traits as well as for hybridization. According to Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje, when he tried the La Estrella crop of Nic-Habano which was grown in 2007 and harvested in 2008, he realized that it would be great to make a puro cigar from. There is also a Vintage 2009 which is made with 45% Nicaraguan Habano, 40% criollo '98, and 15% pelo de oro. These two can be differentiated by a 2008 or 2009 printed in the center of the band. As of this writing, I have not smoked the Vintage 2009.

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Tatuaje Black Robusto (1st event pack w/ closed foot)

Tatuaje Black Robusto

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ? (given away at events)
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Since Pete Johnson has released the Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero as a full production, it was only appropriate to revisit some of the older releases of the famed Black Label line. Of course most aficionados know of the notorious corona gorda jar release which was the first release of one of the most expected releases in most recent history. Of course the corona gordas were good, so are the petite lanceros, but how do some of the other vitolas stack up to their highly touted brethren? We shall see,…

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Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero

Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Lancero
Size : 6 x 38
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8.50-$10.00 each (aftermarket could be higher)
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The black label cigars by Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje brand could be one of the most sought after and legendary cigars of the last several years. I know corona gordas from the original jar release are bringing high dollar amounts in the aftermarket, as well as any of the other 8 releases that have been put out over the last couple years. The Black Label is Pete’s personal stash blend. Some of the older black labels were wrapped with tobacco that was designated for binder purposes but tasted so good to him that he used them as wrapper.

Tobacco Grove in early spring, worked with Pete personally to bring this cigar into the store and sell it as an exclusive to the store. Immediately once the word got out, the phone lines started to get blown up at Tobacco Grove with orders piling in and they all sold very quickly within hours. But there has been word that Pete may bring the black label petit lancero out as a regular production stick. I truly hope he does, ‘cause these cigars are superb. If this news is true, then the cigar gods will shine on Pete and we will all be in agreement for his sainthood! To see how superb these smokes were just keep on readin',…

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Tatuaje 109 Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary

Tatuaje 109 Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Conde 109
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Federal Cigar, at the beginning of the year celebrated its 90th anniversary by releasing an exclusive Tatuaje cigar informally called the Tatuaje 109. These were produced in two versions with different wrappers with the same base verocu blend, one with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, and the other with a Rosado leaf wrapper. Here, I am reviewing the Rosado leaf version, and will soon also do a review of the reserva version in the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.

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Redux: Tatuaje Monster Series “The Frank”

Tatuaje “The Frank”

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 5/8″ x 49
Wrapper : Sungrown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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I read on a discussion board somewhere that someone was saying hurry up and smoke The Frank because it has peaked and is in the decline. I thought, OK let's smoke one and see how they are doing. I still have the better half of my box left (you can read my initial review of The Frank here). I’m glad I picked the box I did because my Franks are certainly not in a decline. They are smoking wonderfully. True they have lost a bit of their oomph, and a little bit of the spice they had when they were newborns but these dark double coronas still have plenty to offer me. They still start off with a blast of pepper but perhaps not the full on punch in the palate that it once was. It also still has plenty of the “sun grown twang” that I love from sun grown broadleaf wrappers. The black pepper and spices are much more subtle now and the coffee and cocoa flavors are more prevelant and I was occasionally getting an nutty, almost almond like flavor from it from time to time.

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Cheap Smoke: Tatuaje Reserva Petite Cazadores

Tatuaje Reserva Petite Cazadores

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petite Cazadores
Size : 4 x 40
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $4 each
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Everything I love about a Tatuaje packed into a 30 minute smoke. This little guy has classic Tatuaje flavor. Plenty of the Nicaraguan earth and toasted tobacco, great black coffee notes, and just enough black pepper for some spice. The construction is impeccable and the format is just perfect for when I want a Tatuaje but perhaps don’t have a whole hour to hour and a half to spend with one. I will be buying a cabinet of these.

Thumbs Up!

Tatuaje Verocu Tubo

Tatuaje Verocu Tubo

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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Many thanks to Austin from the 7th Street Reserve for taking these excellent pictures for my series of reviews.

Pete Johnson is the genius cigar producer behind the Tatuaje brand. Towards the end of 2009, he released a new cigar, the Tatuaje Verocu Tubo. For those of you who do not know, the Verocu is an addition to the Havana IV, with the Verocu Tubo as the fourth of the line.

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