November 26, 2013
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8 (MSRP)
Tatuaje Havana VI is one of the main lines of the brand. It doesn’t get much attention compared to limited editions, but this cigar, produced in Nicaragua by Pepin Garcia on the My Father factory, also deserves a test drive.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
This light brown wrapper had some visible veining but the seams were compact and barely visible. A nicely applied cap with a plain looking red band adorned only with the company name.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
The cigar had a few spongy areas to the touch but overall, seemed to be packed well. It had a good burn that was fairly even except for a re-light needed just before removing the band. The draw was good but I found that the cigar burned quickly. The draw was fine. It had firm ash. Unfortunately I only had my (poor) cell phone camera with me but wanted to photograph how long the ash held. It fell off a couple puffs after I snapped the photo. The wrapper did tend to crack on occasion during smoking. The smoke output was great.
Flavor : [rating:2/5]
The Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas started off with a lot of spice that masked any real flavour until about 1 to 2 cm was smoked. Once the spice settled down it revealed mild cedar, natural tobacco, some hints of earth and cocoa. There was some peppery spice on the finish with hints of leather. These flavors dominated the first third of the cigar.
The second third had more leather notes coming through along with more woodsy flavors. There was a tad more tolerable spice at the front end of the palate with a little black pepper on the medium finish. For the most part there were no flavour transitions and the cigar remained as it was for the first third.
As I approached the halfway mark I got hints of bitter dark chocolate and toasted nut that on occasion tasted like burnt almond. The cigar was mainly earthy and grassy at this point. The smoke offered no velvety residue and was dry with no flavourful texture.
The final third offered up more of the same with some tea, wood, nuts and slight bitterness. For the most part though, the final third was like smoking hay. It was bitter and forgettable. It was dry and had notes of tannins similar to those at the bottom of a cup of strong tea. The cedar-like wood notes at the start were more like plain oak.
Value : [rating:2/5]
With an MSRP of $8.00 it is priced in line with other Torpedos but my recommendation would be to skip it altogether. There are much more flavourful cigars available for the price in consideration of what I experienced. I would not buy another.
Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
This mild to medium strength cigar started off well but slowly deteriorated into a forgettable cigar.
January 29, 2017
I recently smoked one of these, purchased in 2013 and aged for over 3 years. It was very enjoyable and complex, with perfect construction. No nicotine strength left on it, but tons of flavor and a long finish. I did notice that I had to take good care not to overheat the cherry, as that very quickly washed out the flavors.
August 2, 2014
I would have to disagree with this review all together having smoked a large number of these cigars. It sounds like you had a bad batch, or perhaps yours was dry before you even sparked it up. I have to say that these are among some of my most favorite full bodied strong cigars, perhaps you should find a new source and try again. This deserves another shot, as i had nothing but cedar light pepper and a lot of chocolate notes from pre-light draw to nub.
December 13, 2013
Agree with the rest, I would revisit this cigar on another day, because I’ve had days where I reached for one of these over any of my Habanos boxes, just because I enjoy them. The aromas of these always make even non-smokers around me say holy cow that smells amazing. Not sure if you got a dud or your flavor preferences are just completely different, but I’m a bit shocked to say the least.
December 2, 2013
I find this cigar very enjoyable. The flavor transitions from the many you will experience makes this one of my favorites. Agreed that the first 1-2 cm there is no real flavor but it just keeps getting better and better as the flavor awakens. I prefer to smoke this over some of the other medium bodied cigars in higher price ranges.
November 28, 2013
Did you only smoke one cigar for this review? I have also had a few bad samples but most I’ve had are very enjoyable. I always find smoking just one cigar for a review a bad idea.
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