My business partner is a big fan of the Montecristo ISOM A Size cigar. Every Christmas he gets a box as a gift and I have been lucky enough to smoke a few of them myself. So needless to say I enjoy an A sized cigar. About a month ago I saw Holt’s in Philadelphia had the A size, but they also had at the time some Tatuaje Blacks. I passed on the A’s and when I went back 2 weeks later there were no A’s left. Thankfully in a recent cigar pass someone sent me this cigar and in honor of Tatuaje being the most requested cigar in the nation I decided to spark it up.
Cigar: Tatuaje Reserva A Uno
Size: 9.25 x 47 (Series A)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Appearance and Construction (19/20): Huge. That is what comes to mind with the appearance of this smoke. At over 9 inches you would expect to find a lot of imperfections in the wrapper, but there are virtually none to be found. There are a few small sized veins, but none stand out on this wonderfully constructed cigar. This somewhat toothy cigar has a well placed triple cap. I did however, expect the cigar to have a little bit more weight to it it. There are two labels here, one brown label with the Tatuaje name on it, and the black and gold band has the words Reserva and the size of the cigar (A Uno).
Flavor & Notes (27/30): Before lighting the cigar there are some earthy notes and sweet spices. The initial notes on this cigar are nutty and coffee. As we continue the long journey through the first third of this cigar the notes are wood, nuts and coffee. They were well defined, easy to recognize and very enjoyable. The second third of the cigar the coffee notes are really dominant here with some under lying wood and spices. Around the half way point the cigar becomes very creamy. The final third of this monster offered notes of spics and wood.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The cigar burned really well never once needing to be touched up. I did however need to relight it once in the first third of the smoke on one of the sample. The ash was a medium gray that didn’t hold on too well, and I wound up with a pile of ash at my feet. The draw was surprisingly good right from the start. There was a slight resistance which one wants in a cigar. I was rather impressed at this due to the size of the smoke. m
Overall (24/25): The A size of a cigar is definitely time consuming. This baby took me 3 hours to smoke and was a perfect way to recharge the batteries. It’s not an every day cigar due to the sheer size, but it is something to enjoy on a lazy afternoon.
Price: $15.00 each at Famous Cigars