Tatuaje The Frank

Tatuaje The Frank

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 5/8″ x 49
Wrapper : Sun-Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $13 each
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The Frank. You may have heard of it. The Frank (short for Frankenstein’s monster of course) is 1st of a hopefully long line of Monster Series cigars released by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje fame for Halloween. Thirteen evil cigars are stuffed into a blood-splattered coffin and were distributed to only 13 ghoulish retailers randomly selected from a drawing, 666 terrifying boxes total. Empire Cigars was lucky enough to be one of the thirteen stores selected to carry the Frank.

The Frank is adorned with an eerie green band that separates it from all of the other Tatuaje lines. The Frank is slightly box-pressed (very Frankenstein-y) and is long and big. Pete has revealed (at Brothers of the Leaf) that the Frank is actually a Tatuaje Taino with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

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Recommendations for a new pipe smoker

This guest post comes courtesy of Eric from SmokingPipeTobacco.com. If you're interested in pipe tobacco, this is a great resource.

After being asked to write a little about pipes for the cigar smokers here, I decided to put together a list of tobaccos I'd recommend to a new pipe smoker. These blends represent each of the major categories of tobacco, and they are all of the highest quality and personal favorites of mine.


Green River Vanilla – a high quality black Cavendish with a superb vanilla topping. This is a very forgiving blend and if you're looking to contrast your cigar smoking with something on the sweeter side, this is it.
Pennington Gap – Burley, Black Cavendish, and Perique flavored with bourbon. Spicey yet sweet, this blend carries with it the substance and body of a variety of quality tobaccos.


Westminster – if there is a classic English, this is it! A creation of the legendary blender, Greg Pease.
Charing Cross – another Greg Pease blend, this one billed as a classic Balkan.
Bailey's Front Porch – Burleys, Cyprian Latakia, Perique and golden Virginia - this is what I'd call an American Style English. Very flavorful and satisfying.


Pegasus – The tin description says it all: "Three Burley tobaccos, two Virginias and a touch of unsweetened Black Cavendish make this a classic American blend."
Old Joe Krantz – "Dark and cube cut Burley with red Virginia ribbon and Perique create a smooth, all day smoke." This is one of my personal all-time favorite blends for its robust body and stoutness. In my opinion, this blend is the best implementation of Perique available.


Briar Fox - "An exceptionally smooth crumble cake of Virginias, the personal blend of Peter Heeschen, the well-known Danish pipe maker." For a Virginia tobacco, which are often prone to causing tongue bite, this one is very well behaved. Highly recommended for its natural sweetness.

All these blends are fantastic, but they are only a glimpse of what's out there. If you wish to continue exploring pipe tobacco, consider yourself invited to join me at smokingpipetobacco.com where you can read more reviews of pipe tobacco, learn more about pipe smoking, and discuss these or any other blends. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts!

12 Seconds Review: Arturo Fuente Work of Art Maduro

Arturo Fuente Work of Art Maduro is a 4 7/8'' x 46/60 perfecto with a secret blend, produced in limited editions.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #40 (Nov 1 2008)

Here come the most interesting reviews this week:

Ramon Allones Small Club Corona

Reviewed by Patrick A at  The Stogie Guys

Patrick A agrees with me that the corona is no match for the Ramon Allones Specially Selected.
Read the full review here...
Inspector's take on the Ramon Allones Small Club Corona...

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Reviewed by Lisa at  Her Humidor

Surprisingly mild for a 60 ring gauge.
Read the full review here...

Inspector’s favorite Cubans: 20% off

I don't post very often about discounts and offers, but when I see something really interesting, I can't resist. CigarOne is having a 20% promotion on my all-time favorite Cuban cigars, this is something that should not be missed. The cigars include (click on the cigar name to read my review):

Here is the offer page. The deal is valid until the 11th of November. Enjoy.

Cabaiguan Guapos 46 Maduro

Cabaiguan Guapos 46 Maduro

CabaiguanOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18 mm
Ring : 46
Wrapper : Dark Natural Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8.50 each
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As a fan of the Tatuaje and Cabaiguan lines, I was excited to hear that Pete Johnson was extending the Cabaiguan line to include several vitolas with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. I find the Cabaiguan guapos with the sungrown wrappers to be spicy and delicious, so it wasn't a tough decision to buy a box when I found them available. Since the purchase, I've smoked a handful of the sticks from the box marked July '08, and they've been very consistent, which should be expected given the credentials of the Pepin/Johnson team that created them.

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Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Toro (Quick Smoke Series)

Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Lineup

Origin : Honduras
Torano cigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic/Honduras/Mexico/Nicaragua/Costa Rica
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$6 each
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The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 was an immensely popular cigar during its debut and has retained a loyal following since. This particular toro has a rich-looking dark brown reddish wrapper with few visible veins and a satiny sheen.

It took a punch well and the pre-light draw is just fine. Even though this is a tightly box-pressed cigar, it still draws great and yields tons of smoke.

There is a spiciness and pepperiness on the middle of tongue with this cigar. It is also woody with a rich earthiness. There is also a little bit of coffee bean here and there. I also picked up a touch of leather touch on the palate with a super long finish good cigar. It is also a little dry.

The burn did canoe a few times but the cigar corrected itself.

This is a pretty good cigar that has been hit or miss for me in the past.

Carlos Toraño Casa Toraño Toro

Carlos Toraño Casa Toraño Toro

Origin : Honduras
Torano cigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6.10″ x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua and a family blend of Central & South American Tobaccos
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6 each
More info about purchasing Casa Toraño cigars...

Originally made as the Toraño family’s house blend, smoked by the family when at the factories, there was a time that you couldn’t buy this cigar. To get one you would have to attend a Toraño event where they were fresh rolled for the events attendees. The cigar was so well received by those lucky enough to smoke one that they decided to put this cigar into regular production. That is the story of how the Casa Toraño cigar came to be.

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