Tatuaje Anarchy

Tatuaje Anarchy

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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This is one heck of popular cigar… and it’s not even released yet. The Tatuaje Anarchy is a special Limited Edition cigar that is a collaboration between Pete Johnson, Pepin Garcia and the Abe “Ming” Dababneh at Smoke Inn in the Palm Beach area. It features an all new blend and is one of the most interesting looking cigars I have seen in a long time.

The foot is slightly tapered and the cap looks like a cinnamon bun (it's a flattened pigtail that can be unraveled - see picture below). Holding it upright, it resembles a baseball bat and sports one of the coolest bands I’ve come across.

Tatuaje Anarchy

The cigar is a rusty dark brown and is firm to the touch. It seems to be exuding oils which always bodes well in the flavor department.

After light, the aroma of the smoke is very strong and makes you dizzy upon inhale. The first half inch is very spicy and peppery, reminding you this is a Pepin/Pete cigar. It immediately backs off on the spice and delivers a nice pleasant leathery, woody flavor with a hint of citrus and licorice on the finish.

There is also a dominant aura of earthiness o the palate that lingers past the halfway point.

The last half has a bit of bittersweet chocolate and leather with a hint of pepper. Very nice!

I’d like to thank the folks at Smoke Inn Cigars for the chance to try such a unique and tasty cigar!

Tatuaje RC 223

Tatuaje RC223

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 9 x 55
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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Many thanks to Austin from the 7th Street Reserve for taking these excellent pictures for my series of reviews.

One dilemma I always find myself pondering is whether there is any rationale in saving special cigars for special days or occasions. Sure, the common sense argues in the favor of this, but in the end, you can always change an ordinary day into an exceptional one, exactly by doing something special yourself – like, for example, smoking a Tatuaje RC 233.

The RC233 is handcrafted with first-generation Nicaraguan seed tobacco. The RC in the name stands for “Retro Cuban”, while 233 represents the length in millimeters. The production of this blend is limited.

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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$230 per box
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As the Son of the Father & Son cigar review team known as the Tollaficionados, one would think that this would fit right in to our little theme. Well keep thinking. We have a special guest reviewer assisting me on laying forth the positives and negatives this time around. Uncle Bill from Ohio came into town to sit in on a session of tobacco worship, and give his opinions on the My Father Le Bijou 1922.

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La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Salomon
Size : 7.1 x 58
Wrapper : USA (Pennsylvania)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $29.95 / mazo of 5
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La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte is another cigar produced by the master blender AJ Fernandez. I smoked this cigar on a recommendation by Wade Howard following a review I did of the Panacea Green Label. From my previous reviews, everyone probably knows that I am a big fan of AJ Fernandez’s cigars (see the Man O’War cigars reviews) and also, I have grown very fond of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. This cigar comes in four sizes which include a 5 X 56 Belicoso; a 5.5 X 54 Robusto; a 6.5 X 50 Toro; and today’s featured vitola, the 7.1 X 58 Salomon.

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Tatuaje Private Reserve Black Tubo

Tatuaje Private Reserve Black Tubo

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Pyramid
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo '98
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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I know I haven't written a review for some time now, but I have read your e-mails and listened to the comments from those I have spoken with. 2010 has been a hectic year leaving me precious little time for some of the things I enjoy most; so to all the readers, web-sites, magazines, and news letters I write for, I apologize. That being said, on to the good stuff.

The topic of this review is the Tatuaje - Private Reserve Black Tubo. You may notice that as the background for the photos I used my chopper (another of those things I haven't had much time for). I did this as a tribute to Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje, because the first time we met I had been out on it and Pete and I spent some time talking about our shared enjoyment of riding. Pete said the inspiration for the Black Tubo came from a trip he took to, "an island famous for its cigars", which one can only assume is Cuba. While there he was given an un-banded, very rustic looking cigar by a man who had it in his shirt pocket. He later learned that among many of the local cigar lovers is a tradition of rolling their own blends for themselves to suit their personal taste, hence Private Reserve in the name of this cigar. Pete never forgot how much he enjoyed that cigar and the Black Tubo is his tribute to it.

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Padron Ambassador Natural

Padron Ambassador

Photo credit: Keepers of the Flame

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 7/8 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Colorado Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Strength : Funky like a bow-legged monkey (Medium-Full)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-6 each
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So the Fall weather is upon us once again here in the Appalachians. Where is Appalachia? Where men are men and women are too sometimes. Where a dental plan should be renamed a tooth plan. Where camo is always badass. The leaves are turning colors on the ground now. Folks are bundling up when they venture out and smoking cigars is becoming a frigid hobby. Speaking of frigid, have you ever accidentally put items in the refrigerator that don’t belong i.e. remote controls, sunglasses, ice cubes, nunchucks?

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Viaje Skull and Bones

Viaje Skull and Bones

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10+
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This super limited cigar is the second installment of the Viaje Skull and Bones Series. The first release, the daisy Cutter, was a little 4 x 54 petite robusto. This new release, which now will be released every Halloween does not have a name (yet?). It is very limited, just 150 boxes of 25 cigars each were made. I was lucky enough to get my hand on a few from my local, Empire Cigars.

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Red Lion Maduro Robusto

Red Lion Maduro Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 48
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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As the days start to turn towards a cooler nature I find myself taking advantage of what few nice days are left before the northern cold sets in. Lucky for me, I recently had the luxury of a gorgeous sunny day with an atypical high of seventy degrees Fahrenheit and commit myself to taking full advantage of it. Opening my humidor, a sampler nestled safely at the front that I had received from Heavenly Cigar Company catches my eye. Noting that the cigars have been resting for a few weeks by this time, it seems like the perfect opportunity to test this as of yet unfamiliar cigar out. Toting my newly acquired prize to the front porch I sit down to enjoy the Red Lion.

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