Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Conde 109
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
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.
The Tatuaje 109 is covered with a light brown shaded Rosado leaf wrapper. It has a couple of medium sized veins coursing down the sides of the cigar. No loose seams and packed not too tightly and gives slightly when squeezed. The Tatuaje 109 is characterized by its rounded, blunt like head and long length. Pete Johnson’s exclusive band adorns this cigar making it look very classy. Wrapper gives off a hint of spiced leather, and the foot some sweet tobacco and dried floral aromas.
Lit very easily and burned straight through most of its enormous length. Has a very flaky light grey ash that blows away easily in the Texas wind. I smoked mine around the 70% RH mark, and it only needed one slight touch up. I believe these could probably benefit from being on the drier side before lighting up to improve flavor and burn.
After lighting the cigar heads away from the typical Pepin beginning of a cigar and isn’t characteristic of a lot of spice. The Tat 109 is smooth right from the start with complexities of milk chocolate, baking spices, and sweet tobacco. The smoke is dense and is lively in flavor. Flavors of cinnamon and roasted nuts on the retrohale. About halfway in the cigar hits a sweet spot and cruises for sometime into flavors of cinnamon, floral and leather that is medium bodied. The Tat 109 picks up steam getting closer to the last third and finish, and produces loads of smoke like a barbecue smoker. The last part of the cigar becomes a little more full bodied. The Tat 109 never wavered away from being a mostly medium bodied smoking experience with full, mouth watering flavors.
These were released at the $10 mark by Federal Cigar around the first part of the year. For the length of smoke, the amount of tobacco, and the flavors, this cigar is hitting way above its weight class. I couldn’t help but buy entire bundle upon the release when these came out and can’t wait to see what happens with these with some age. I truthfully wouldn’t mind paying around $15 for this cigar if I didn’t already have a bunch of them.
Overall Rating :
I am a total Tat whore and love almost anything Pete Johnson puts out minus just a few that were just okay. But this particular cigar is my favorite cigar that I have had that Pete Johnson has released (I have the reserva version but they are still aging). Pete says these are based on the verocu blend which I love very much and is one of my most frequently smoked cigars, but the 109 tastes like it got into a threesome with the Cabaiguan and La Riqueza lines and had a mixed breed baby (my best description,…. sorry :)). This is proof positive that Pete can master the full bodied-onslaught-type cigar as well as turn back the dial and produce a medium bodied smoke that rivals the best of what Cuba can put out. Cheers!