Cigar Review: Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

Tatuaje Verocu Tubos
Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

Tatuage Verocu Tubos

When Tatuaje released the Black Label Tubos a lot of people glanced over these cigars on the shelves of retailers I happen to visit. The result is these limited releases are still out there for the taking in many shops. As many of you know I am a huge fan of Tatuaje and I am a self described Tatuaje whore and this cigar further solidifies that…

Cigar: Tatuaje Verocu Tubos
Size: 6 1/8 x 52 (Toredo)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium / Full

Appearance and Construction (18/20): The Tatuaje Verocu Tubos comes packed in an aluminum tube that reminds me a lot of the Cuban Partagas Series P. The difference is these come in a soft red color, with the Tatuaje brand name in silver. The cigar itself has a beautiful toothy wrapper that has a nice amount of oils. The wrapper has a few thin veins and is a little bit rough to the touch. There are no major soft spots but these sticks do feel a little bit light in my hand.

Flavor & Notes (29/30): Prior to lighting up I put this cigar through the pre-light ritual. The foot revealed some nice cedar and a slight spice while the draw offered a creamy coffee note. Like most Pepin produced cigars this one starts of with some spice, especially through the nose. As the first third is smoked notes of earth and leather are overtaken by coffee. As we enter the second third the spice remains only through the nose while coffee continues to be dominant here. Every now and then some cocoa/chocolate notes emerge teasing the senses. The final third of this complex smoke features some licorice and chocolate that tease as the spice returns with a nice leather finish.

Smoking Characteristics (24/25): Having just renamed this scoring category I figured it would allow me to go into some greater detail. The draw is perfect producing a decent amount of smoke. The cigar had no problems staying lit and burned perfectly never needing to be touched up. The gray colored ash held on strong with a minimal amount of flake. The one problem I had was the cigar got a little bit soft once I reached the band but it wasn’t too soft where it became annoying.

Overall (23/25): As great as the Tatuaje Black is, I find myself leaning more toward the Verocu. The cigars are totally different and it probably isn’t fair to compare them but with them coming out at the same time it is only natural to do such. These are definitely worthy of a box purchase and I can’t wait to see how they age.

Rating: 94
Price: $110.00 a box at

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  • dj

    Famous has a “pete johnson” sampler… but of little use.

    I need a Red/Black/Cojonu/Verocu sampler!

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  • The Friday Cigar

    um, I want it.

  • Danny Principe

    Very nice review Barry. I loved this stick. I wish I had bought more. This cigar paired very well with a few pieces of dark chile chocolate.

    The Black Tubos seemed dry to me. They burned fast, and hot. I think a little time in the humidor sans tubo will really help that smoke. It was a big let down for me because I missed out on the corona gorda and have been hunting for that cigar ever since.

    As much as I love Petes smokes, it seems like his best cigars are his limited stuff, and I either cant find it, cant afford it, or buy one or two, love them, and cant get it again.

  • p lederman

    I agree with this comment…the black tubo was harsh, burned poorly and was a huge disappointment…Drac failed to satisfy as well…I love Pete and the brand but what gives ?????

  • Marco

    Sounds like my experience was a little different. Bought one box of each and liked both. They are almost opposite flavor profiles. For me the black was more complex, a little sweet, had no burn issues with them, so far. I liked the red just as well and it is less expensive after all. The reds remind me who makes these and why I like his cigars too. Don’t think I will mind rotating them and I will be just as happy to go back and by the reds.

  • Mike Wilson

    Excellent. The proprietor of Cigar Inn sold me one of those when we were there last week. Looking forward to it.

  • dmj

    Well, I finally got around to smoking both Black and Red tubos the past two days and I have to say…what a waste.

    Neither one did much for me. The black had more and better flavor, but not by much. The predominant flavor I got from the red in the first half was mud covering over some cedar and leather. That cleared up a bit in the second half, but not nearly so much as to command a super-premium price tag.

    A big let-down after really enjoying the Drac.

  • Greg Roe

    A friend bought me a Tatuage Verocu Tubos (Red). I thoroughly enjoyed it. It drew well and had good flavor and firm gray ash. I have not enjoyed a cigar this much in quite awhile. I will buy a box in the very near future.

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