Tatuaje Boris

Tatuaje Boris

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosada
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.

The man behind the Tatuaje brand, Pete Johnson, has established a yearly tradition with his cigars: on each Halloween, a new blend is released, named after a classic monster from the film industry. In 2008, the Frank was released. Last year, it was time for the Drac and the Boris to burn their way into the cigar lovers’ hearts.
Since all of these Halloween blends are limited editions and very hard to find, I managed to get my hands on a Boris only, missing the Drac. Only 1000 boxes of 10 Boris each were produced.

For this review, I smoked an aged Boris – and I have to say, it was worth the wait: aging conferred a unique flavor to the cigar, ramping up the Boris from “good”, as other have rated it, to a rather great level – in my books. Let’s get started and see in detail how this Halloween monster fares.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The dark brown wrapper of the Boris has a rustic feel to it that looks great. However, the surface of this 7 X 49 cigar is rather bumpy and has some prominent veins (not downright “ugly”, but with a stronger visual presence than in other cigars).
The band of the cigar has a simple design, consisting of the brand’s name, Tatuaje, inscribed in black on a white background.

Construction : ★★★★½
The construction department is in much better standing: the Boris is well rolled, has no soft spots and feels good in the hand. The draw is slightly loose, while the burn of the cigar is great – even though I had minor issues and had to slightly correct it, the ash left behind had a fantastic light color to it and at some point, measured an amazing 3.5”.

Flavor : ★★★★½
At first, I was unsure what to expect from this cigar, seeing as how the previous Halloween release, the Frank, wasn’t quite up my alley. However, once I passed the Boris by my nose, a familiar Tatuaje spice, combined with a note of sweet tobacco, hit my senses and highly pleased me. The pre-light draw has smitten me with a wonderful peppermint scent.
Once lit, the aroma I have previously described still lingered for a while, but the front scene was taken by spice and pepper, accompanied by a surfacing cedar note. The first third prolongs its footprint into the second part of the cigar, but this time, a subtle nutty scent mingles with the rather strong pepper and the pure tobacco flavor.
As I’m smoking through the final third, a full blown spice aroma assaulted my senses, in the traditional Tatuaje style. This powerful finish is slightly toned down by flavors of almond and a touch of leather.

Value : ★★★★☆
At $12.5, the Tatuaje Boris is on the upper end of the price echelon, but I’d say it is worth the money – it has great potential to enchant you and become one of your favorites.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½ (4.25)
The Boris is without any doubt, a high quality cigar with a great flavor profile, but it does not fully match my personal preferences. However, if you manage to get your hands on one of these, take your time to fully appreciate it – it is a great “Halloween monster” from Tatuaje.

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4 Comments on “Tatuaje Boris”

  1. Thanks again for another great review and letting us vicariously smoke an otherwise impossible-to-find cigar.

  2. I’ve been smoking those on the regular for about a month now. I just had one this afternoon, as a matter of fact. Really fantastic cigar!… Great review, Ray! Keep ‘em comin’ !

  3. thelostgringo says:

    Nice review and I agree these are great cigars, but for accuracy sake these are not part of the “Monster Series”, but instead part of the “Actor Series” which to this date there has only been one of.

  4. My Review of the Tatuaje Boris

    This was a very dark cigar; I was hard pressed to find any Rosado like shade to it at all. The wrapper was a little “rustic”, good rich color and tooth, but fairly veiny. The cigar gave a little in the middle, which found me hoping it wasn’t under filled and/or would tunnel on me.

    The Boris took a light easy and delivered ample smoke in the first few puffs. The burn was nice and slow, so I was able to sit back and enjoy the flavors.

    One thing that struck me at first was that there was no Pepin “bite” to the cigar. Most cigars wunderkind Don Pepin Garcia blends have a distinct bite to them. It’s almost like that feeling you get in your mouth when you bite into a tart Granny Smith apple. I’m not a fan at all of this, so it was a pleasant surprise to find it absent.

    Tatuaje Boris

    The first third was full bodied but not overpowering, rich with black coffee, leather, white pepper and a bit of almond on the finish.

    Midway though, my fears were realized when the cigar began to tunnel on me. The middle was clearly under filled, so much that I could almost squeeze the cigar completely together. But I labored on and it corrected itself after an inch and a half.

    The second half of the cigar was exceptional. After the tunneling was over, the burn corrected itself and the cigar mellowed a bit in oomph but ramped up in flavor. Tons of bittersweet cocoa, espresso and leather exploded across my palate at every puff. The aroma was earthy and meaty, and the finish was very long with licorice abound.

    I smoked this one to the nub, savoring every puff. What a great tasting cigar!

    So the construction had issues, but the flavor made up for it. This was a better cigar than The Frank by a mile. So if you were lucky enough to get a Boris – find a nice cozy chair on Halloween and smoke it!

    Rating: 91 (A-)

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