-Country – Nicaragua
-Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano
-Binder – ?
-Filler – Nicaraguan
-Size – 5 x 50 Robusto
-Price – $5ish, $7.50 local
The Tatuaje Tattoo sports a dark brown, even colored wrapper. Oils are noticeable, as are the small veins and seams. The foot smells of sweet tobacco and the wrapper smells the same, only stronger. The cold draw offers no sweetness, but is very woodsy. This may be a “perfect” draw in my book; open but not loose, and giving the slightest tug of resistance.
Upon lighting, the first puffs are smooth, sweet, and spicy. The sweeter baking spices coat the soft palate, while the more peppery spice come through on the retro-hale. Smoke billows forth from the foot after taking a pull but slows down when the cigar is resting, making it fun to smoke and not at all annoying when it’s sitting in my hand. The finish fades away nicely, reminding me that I’m smoking something tasty without making me reach for a drink. A plum-like darkness appears about 3/4 of an inch in and the sweetness from that flavor lingers on the palate for over a minute. The burn line wavers quite a bit so far, but the single touch-up has had no adverse effect on the flavors. The pepper in the retro-hale has been replaced by a sweet, cedar-like woodiness coming into the second third.
Into the second third I notice a big drop off of the sweetness. Instead I’m finding notes of charred oak and some leather, but not an earthy leather. The smoke is still extremely smooth, and unfortunately the burn line continues to wander. Some cinnamon flavors pop in now and then, along with the original sweet baking spice. Well into this third a definite earthiness is showing up. While not my favorite flavor in cigars, in this blend it is balancing well with everything else that is going on. Two inches in and the ash has yet to drop, proving that made by the right people, inexpensive cigars can still be premium works of art.
The final third of the Tatuaje Tattoo is bringing something to the mix I can’t quite place. It’s something I occasionally find in Nicaraguan cigars, and I default to calling it a “smokey-whiskey” flavor because I find alcohol-like tannins mixed with smoked tobacco notes, all wrapped in this one flavor. It is a very savory flavor, and in this cigar it’s like eating a smokey steak after a sweet pie. The strength is becoming noticeable now, but far from overwhelming.
At this price, there is no reason not to stock up on these delicious, dark cigars. A novice might find the strength a bit overwhelming, but anyone else with a penchant for full-flavored cigars will love this.
Flavor – Full
Strength – Medium-Full
Body – Medium-plus
Construction – OK
I can’t recommend these enough. If you want a bold, tasty cigar that won’t break the bank, then the Tatuaje Tattoo is for you.
3.5 out of 5