I was going to wait to Halloween to put the review of the Tatuaje Boris which is part of the Halloween release series from Pete Johnson but with The Drac on its way I decided to push the press day up. The Boris is billed as being The Frank out of costume. For those not in the know each year Pete Johnson has been releasing a cigar at Halloween with a name that can be attributed to the classic monsters of movie history. Last year was The Frank. This year is the Drac and the Boris. These cigars are heavily sought after by collectors and fans of Mr. Johnson. Thanks to Jerry Cruz over at The Stogie Review I managed to get a box of today’s cigar.
Cigar: Tatuaje Boris
Size: 7 x 49 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosada
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The wrapper of the cigar has a rustic look to it. There are a few veins running throughout the wrapper but the cigar is well rolled with a nice looking triple cap. The wrapper has a fair amount of oils to it, and the cigar has no soft spots and a nice weight to it. The band of the cigar is simple on a white background with the word Tatuaje in black with various sizes of the Fleur dy Lys.
Flavor & Notes (29/30): The prelight draw is an amazing peppermint chalk that reminds me so much of those little candies that say “I Love You” on them that it blows my mind and takes me back to days of trick or treating. If your not sure what candy I am talking about you can take a look at them here. I hesitated on lighting the stick up as I took in this unbelievable sweet notes. As I smoke the first third of the cigar the notes are that of pepper and spice with some faint notes of the candy I described still hanging around and some nuttiness trying to emerge. As we smoke the second third of this cigar the peppermint candy remains in the background giving this cigar a unique flavor profile. There is also a continued spice and nuttiness that borders on almond along for the ride. The final third of the cigar has some notes of almond and spice with a touch of leather.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): I had some burn issues with the smoke as it begun to slightly canoe on me so I decided to touch it up. The ash was incredible at one time it measured over 4″ and i accidently knocked into it causing it to fall into my lap. There was zero flake and it was light in color. The draw was incredible offering the slight resistance I prefer in a smoke.
Overall (23/25): I’m going to deduct some points due to the limited availability here. But overall this is a interesting stick that is a little different then the original Frank. I found the cigar to have a higher nicotine content that I would suggest eating something before smoking. I really enjoyed the flavor profile of the stick that should get better with age. So with the review written I will bury these in my humidor and smoke them again in about a year.
Price: $120.00 box of 10