As I was standing talking to my friends at the Davidoff Nicaraguan All Star Party I saw one of the workers bring out a box of cigars. My eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas morning, when I saw they were the Tatuaje Tubos and needless to say I pounced on them. Today’s review is one of the most anticipated releases of 2009, the Tatuaje Black Tubos. These cigars come in boxes of 10 in a nice oversized box and should be a little easier to find this time around as there are 46,000 cigars made. The MSRP is $14.00 a stick.
Cigar: Tatuaje Black
Size: 6.15 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Sun Grown Criollo Esteli)
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The cigar comes in a beautiful matte black tube with silver writing denoting tatuaje. But that is the easy part. Rating the Tatuaje black is difficult because of the wrapper which isn’t the prettiest. The Sun Grown Criollo wrapper has a marble appearance to it, and it looks rough. The cigar has some veins to it and a few blemishes. But this is what makes the Tatuaje Black so endearing to us. The cigar also features an unfinished foot and some tooth to it. This my friends is the holy grail of all cigars. I refer to it as such because of how rustic and ordinary it looks. If you recall the Holy Grail was made by a craftsman and it wasn’t flashy. That sums this cigar up.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Prior to lighting the cigar I picked up some notes that were very similar to that of the Boris from Tatuaje. There was a slight peppermint and a sweetness to the cigar as well. I couldn’t wait to spark this baby up. Once lit the cigar offers some strong notes of pepper and spices especially through the nose. As the pepper begins to fade there are some nice wood notes here, and a nice strong espresso note present. Just before the first third ended I caught a sweetness that reminded me of honey, but it was gone in a flash. The second third really mellows out and it becomes a little earthy the notes of maple and coffee remain and I continue to get teased with a sweetness that I liken to honey. The final third of the cigar becomes a mixture of spice and earth and the cigar has a very long finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): The cigar features an nice slow burn that is even througought.. The dense light colored ash of this cigar hold on for eternity with absolutely no flake at all. The draw has no flaws to it all.
Overall (24/25): This cigar is always sort after by collectors and fans of Tatuaje and while the supply is greater this year it will still be a hard one to track down. The MSRP is a little steep, but this is a cigar that is definitely worth it in my opinion. This cigar is outstanding to say the least.