Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 9 x 55
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
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.
At 9” in length, this perfecto is, size-wise, in the upper end of the spectrum. The cigar is covered with a protective layer of cellophane and is half-wrapped in an aluminum foil. The band sports the classic Tatuaje logo and has the name, RC233, imprinted to the side of it.
The wrapper has a multitude of thin, delicate veins running through, and contains a great amount of oils. The tip of the cigar looks wonderful, with the cap also pleasantly designed.
In spite of its large dimensions, this cigar gracefully rests in your hand, without feeling stout, and with no soft spots present on its surface. The draw of the RC 233 starts out a bit tightly, but it gets better – near perfect, actually – after a while. The burn is great, as the cigar progressed evenly throughout the smoke.
The ash had a wonderful gray color, but was a tad flaky and did not hold well.
The RC233 is a medium-bodied cigar, with a perfectly balanced flavor profile of rich earth and spice notes.
The wrapper has a superb coffee scent that ignites your senses, while the pre-light draw tickles your nose with a sweet black cherry flavor.
The cigar has a subtle sweetness to it from start to finish that lays silently in the background. The first third is defined by flavors of coffee, nuts and a faint note of pepper.
Progressing through the cigar, the only indicator that I have reached the second third is the visual clue, as the flavor profile remains almost unchanged. The only difference is that coffee mingles with a touch of cocoa here, but it is barely noticeable.
The last third enchants your senses with an exquisite aroma as spices come out of nowhere to engulf you. The cigar is finished up by a pleasant nutty touch.
The RC233 is, undoubtedly, a pricy cigar. Just as clearly, the construction is of the same high Tatuaje quality that we are used to, and the flavor is pleasant, to say the least. It is up to you to decide whether the Tatuaje RC233 is worth your money.
Overall Rating :
The Tatuaje RC233 is a great cigar, but it didn’t particularly impress me with its flavor: even though it had nice touches to it, it was kind of linear most of the time, as the first two thirds had similar flavor profiles; only the final part of the cigar brought some fresh aromas onto the scene. As far as I am concerned, other Tatuaje blends provide me with just as much, some with even more enjoyment as the RC233, but at a more affordable price point.