Tatuaje (Black Label) Private Reserve

Tatuaje (Black Label) Private Reserve

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8” x 46
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $13 each
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The mystical, almost mythical Tatuaje Private Reserve, or as it is more commonly referred to the Tatuaje Black Label. Arguably the most sought after cigar of 2008, this cigar was originally made as Pete Johnson’s private cigar. It just seemed natural to me (after much internal debate) that I mark my 100th cigar review here at Matt’s Cigar Journal with a review of a rare and highly coveted Tatuaje. After all, it is my favorite brand of cigar, and I did obsess and dream of the Black Label and its beautiful Jar for 6 months before I finally got my hands on it.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5 1/2 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Habano
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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On a recent visit to one of my favorite local tobacconists I found a half box of these in prime condition. Without hesitation I purchased them. It has recently been brought to my attention that the Antano (Sp. Yesteryear) 1970 blend is to be discontinued and rebranded by Drew Estates under the Casa Magna band (see Norman's comment below). As such, I have been stockpiling this blend in its current incarnation as I am unaware to what, if any, changes are in store for this blend.

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Please welcome Nathaniel!

It is with pleasure that I introduce a new member of our editorial team, Nathaniel. I have had a chance to read a few of his reviews and they are truly top quality - we are both looking forward to sharing these reviews with you. Here is a short introduction letter from Nathaniel:

Nathaniel W. DorrI've been an avid aficionado for the last 15 years. I truly enjoy the pleasures of a great smoke with a great drink, or meal for that matter. I find cigars to be the salve that soothes the slights of daily life, providing opportunity to reflect and enjoy a break from our otherwise hectic lives. I enjoy the camaraderie and friendships/relationships that inevitably are developed over some quality leaf.

I enjoy Nicaraguan tobaccos a great deal. I have been a fan of this cigar producing region since 1997. Year after year the quality and selection seems to get better and better.

As far as Cuban Marca's, I have a few favorites in that department as well. Montecristo, Bolivar and Partagas being at the top of the list. I find that several of the Trinidad's currently available are also worthy of mention. As are H. Upmann and Punch.

I love to Golf. I currently carry a 9 stroke handicap and always look forward to a round at my club. Cigars seem to go very well with that activity as well! I am an avid fly fisherman, with a special sub-interest in Native Regional Salmonides. Interestingly enough, a Cigar compliments that activity quite well too! I am something of a cook and a pretty fair mixologist as well. I have an appreciation for the finer things in life, not just monetarily, rather the overall quality of life and quality of any given set of experiences. Anything worth doing is worth doing right! As I am fond of saying, "Dream like you will live for ever, Live like there is no tomorrow-James Dean".

Cheers! and Salutations!

Nathaniel W. Dorr

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In this short message I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This was a great year and I am confident that the next one will be even better despite the current economic situation and smoking bans :) God bless you and your family.

Denis AKA Inspector

PS We've got some cool stuff planned for the next year, stay tuned! Thanks for your continued support.

Photo credit: Toni Blay

Cigar Rights Contest Winner

Big thanks to all of you who entered the contest. I really hope that it made some of us think about our cigar rights. It was interesting to see that there is no consensus on the issue - some people think that Barack Obama will be too busy with other issues to pursue anti-smoking campaigns, whereas others are fairly sure that we must expect tax increases in the near future. I found it to be a very interesting discussion - you can read all the answers here.

Let's get to the more interesting part. Our prize, kindly provided by Duque Cigars Company, was a box of Medina 1959 Miami Robusto.

We decided to reward Nicky187 for his amusing and optimistic entry. Congratulations! Here is what he had to say:

What do you think will happen to your cigar rights during new president’s term?

I’ve been a cigar smoker since the age of 17, and I’ve loved almost every moment of that. The one exception involved turning as green as the Candela wrapper on the p.o.s. that I was smoking, and vomiting into a trash can, but that’s another story.

I think that in the short term, the only thing we’ll see is continued anti-smoking initiatives, and increased excise taxes on tobacco products. That’s the downside. The upside is that the tobacco industry is too entrenched and generates too much revenue for it to die off in the U.S.

In the long term, I think that in the U.S., cigarette smoking will decline, while “smokeless” tobacco and cigar smoking will maintain at about their present levels, as a percentage of the population. I see the reasons for this as being mainly cultural acceptance of “smokeless” tobacco and cigars continuing in the segments of the population where they are typically strong.

I don’t think that President Obama is going to do very much to change the present status of tobacco use. The only exception to this might be if there is more emphasis on preventive medicine. That is going to depend on whether tobacco users are treated differently than non-tobacco users by the health care system. I doubt that this is feasible even under one payer national health care.

So, the basic answer that I’m going to give is that I expect to see the status quo continue to be the status quo, at least for my lifetime. On the other hand, I think I’m going to send President Obama a box of good cigars, purely to congratulate him on his historic victory. ;)

Reminder to enter the contest

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Cohiba Siglo I

Cohiba Siglo I

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit CoronaCohiba
Size : 102 x 15.87 mm (4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10/piece
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I'm back with another Cuban cigar review - this time it's a Très Petit Corona by Cohiba - Siglo #1. I found myself turning to this smoke during those cold months, when it's hard to fully enjoy an Esplendido or a Partagas P2. Surprisingly, it packs a lot of flavors in such a small vitola.

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Padilla Series ’68 Toro

Padilla Series ’68 Toro

Origin : HondurasPadilla cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Like the Padilla Signature 1932, the Series ’68 is another tribute to Ernesto Padilla’s father Heberto. In my review of the Signature I mentioned that Heberto Padilla was a Cuban poet and linked to a profile of him that was written by Cigarfan at The Keepers of the Flame. Where the Signature 1932 celebrated Ernesto’s father’s birthday, the Series ’68 commemorates the year his father was placed under house arrest for his series of poetry that was very critical of the Castro regime in Cuba. It is a limited edition cigar with only 100,000 cigars produced. The Series ’68 has another unique attribute. It is made in Honduras. As far as I know all the other Padilla cigars are made in Nicaragua and Miami. The Series ’68 is made for Padilla by Flores Tobacco in Honduras. Made mostly of Nicaraguan tobacco, it does contain some Honduran tobacco in the filler.

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