Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
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,…
At first glance, this cigar is just plain ugly. The wrapper is mottled, it’s bumpy, and has vegetable glue all over it. The head of the cigar looks like an underdeveloped nipple. The shag foot also adds to its rusticity. The black label wrapper smelled of incredible amounts of cinnamon spice and nuts. With a little air time the wrapper weirdly started to smell of manure or dog food (Yep, I said it right!). The veining is fine and suture like. The feel is solidly packed with hardly any give when squeezed.
Even with a closed foot, the Black Label robusto still allows a comfortable amount of air through its closed end. Generally I hate lighting closed feet, but the age on these cigars allowed a pretty easy combustion. The draw is easy and allows plenty of smoke to flow through it. The burn line wavered a bit, but self corrected itself many times. You could literally watch the flare ups on the corrected sides of the cigars. The dark grey and black ash held on for almost half the cigar and I only had to break it off twice.
The Black Label hit me with loads of peppery spice on the first couple of puffs. The peppery spice died down soon afterwards, but little bits remain clung to the back of my tongue. The initial flavors are leather, toast, wood, a touch of menthol, and pepper still. The smoke was very drying, not sweet, more savory, and made me very thirsty. Dipping into the second third of the cigar, the smoke has powered up and tastes more and more toastiness. Some very faint coconut/macadamia, bread toast, and woody flavors are present. Up until now, the flavors profile has diminished more and more. The last third is where I started to get really let down. The flavors dropped off completely and I was met only by residual woodsiness/toast commencing in bleh! The profile overall was medium to full bodied.
It is very hard to peg the value on this cigar, since it is so rare. I know these cigars were, or maybe are still, highly desirable since they followed the epic release of the corona gorda jar release. But given my smoking experience with these recently, I would never go out of my way to find these.
Overall Rating : (2.75)
The cigar had some decent flavors in the first two-thirds, and in its last third left me pretty disappointed. It is difficult to say that these may need more aging, because the underlying flavors underneath all the spiciness isn’t there. If I was going to peg the evolution of this cigar, I would say they are past their prime. This is rare due to the fact that Tatuajes are reknowned for their aging capabilities. But all in all, the lack of balance in this stick, I’m afraid, points only towards a downhill spiral from here on out.