Origin : Miami, FL
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
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This little stogie is a special make for Tower Cigars. I seem to be on a roll with these mini smokes lately, but they have been quite enjoyable. This one is no exception.
As is the case with most Tatuaje cigars, the appearance is beyond reproach. Pete Johnson just keeps putting out classic looking (and tasting) smokes. The corojo wrapper is a silky, dark brown and exhibits no noticeable veins . . . truly an admirable stogie.
Try as I might, I was unable to find a flaw in the wrapper, draw or burn. Actually, the burn on this smoke produced some of the whitest ash I’ve seen.
Instantly, you’re hit with an array of nuts and spice. About an inch in, the spice disappears and the taste turns somewhat bittersweet. Normally, I would think this undesirable, but it wasn’t with this smoke. This stick is very young and I, as such, expect a little bitterness. However, there really wasn’t enough to detract from my enjoyment of the smoke, as it quickly turned to nice leathery and earthy flavors.
However, this is not a complex smoke. While nice and enjoyable, don’t expect an array of flavors.
At $10 a stick, I can’t really say I would recommend this vitola. It’s about an hour smoke, so it’s not too short, but I have enjoyed numerous other Tatuaje stogies more for similar prices. Case in point, I recently smoked the new Noellas Reserva, which boasts a smoother, more complex profile for the same price. The same can be said for pretty much the remainder of the brown label Tats.
Overall Rating :
If you’re a Tatuaje fan, like me, certainly gobble one of these up. If you are looking to just try one of their smokes, I would suggest another format. While these are enjoyable little cigars, there are better Tats to try.