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)
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.
Price: $110.00 a box at Famous-Smoke.com