One of the cigars I picked up while I was in Philadelphia last week was this Holt’s Exclusive. I was shocked to see how many cigars on the shelf in this gorgeous shop were made only for Holt’s. Being the Pete Johnson whore that I am, I grabbed a handful of them. Having smoked a couple I decided to put the review up and horde the others for the future.
Cigar: Tatuaje Havana VI
Size: 4.5 x 49 (Verocu No. 9)
Appearance and Construction (17/20): This stick looks like a powerhouse with its dark wrapper which is offset nicely with the red, white and silver dual band label. The cigar has the look for a fighter, with some creases, veins, and tooth. It looks like it just went the distance against a heavyweight. The cigar despite appearing to be well backed is very light in the hand.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): During the prelight, the foot offers very little in terms of notes, while the draw offers a slight raisin and mocha. The first third of this cigar offers notes of earth and a very slight mocha. As we reach the second third of the smoke the notes of mocha become the dominant note here, and the earth has all but disappeared. There is an occasional spice that comes and go, that gives this cigar a nice edge and helps keep it as a full bodied smoke. The final third of the smoke can have a tendency to turn bitter if you smoke it to fast, however if you stick to the rule of thumb of two pulls a minute the cigar has some leather notes and a raisin finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): Despite the cigars size it burns very slow and very even. The cigar has virtually no carbon on the burn line and offers a nice white ash with minimal flake. The draw offers a slight resistance which ads to the duration of the smoke.
Overall (21/25): The cigar is different then most of the Havana VI line in terms of it being stronger. It was however a very enjoyable smoke despite its hefty price tag for a cigar of this vitola. It does however lack some complexity.
Price: 5 for $35.95 at Holts.