Hello, my name is Barry and I am a Tatuaje addict. It doesn’t even stop at cigars, because I love girls with tattoos but that is a story for another time. Yes, I am a self admitted Pete Johnson whore. If Pete produces it I will buy it. It is simple as that. The latest venture into a cigar marketed by Pete Johnson is today’s review. You see my good friend Charlie who runs The Cigar Feed contacted me about this great cigar I had to try so he sent me one and I was crazy about it. So we got to talking on Twitter night and with the help of Big Doug we found someone who still had them in stock. After some discussion John who runs Well Capped, Charlie and myself decided to split the bundle. Normally I would of grabbed one myself but with a lot of other cigar commitments this month I had to go for the split.
I’m not sure if Kurt Kendell up at Twins Smoke Shop still has these in stock but I am sure if you give him a call you will find out for sure. The store number is 603-421-0242.
Appearance and Construction: As soon as I picked up the cigar I said to myself this feels pretty heavy for a cigar, and it definitely had a nice weight to it. Upon further examination the cigar has a nice fantail cap, and the wrapper has some medium sized veins none of which look like they will cause a problem. There is a fair amount of oils visible on the stick and the foot is definitely well packed. There is no label on the cigar, and they come individually wrapped in cello. What really stands out is the packaging, as it comes wrapped as you would expect some meat from the butcher.
Flavor & Notes: As I took the foot of the cigar and held it close to my nose I was hit in the face with a complex variation of notes. It took a few sniffs to get them all and they are earth, cocoa, cedar and a touch of cherry. Once I clipped the cap I performed a cold draw and the notes were earth, cocoa, and spices. This cigar had the makings of sensory overload. Once the cigar was toasted and lit the first few pulls revealed some pepper notes that we have come to expect by one made at the Pepin factory. As we work into the first third the complexity continues with notes of earth, pepper, cocoa and the slight tease of cherry. As I smoke my way into the second third which is meaty to say the least the notes become leather, espresso, and cedar on the finish. This full flavored medium bodied cigar definitely has me impressed. As we enter the twilight of the cigar with the final third the notes are leather which provides a nice canvas for espresso and wood and almost leaving me reaching to light another.
Smoking Characteristics: As the cigar burns there is a definite scent that reminds me of the barrels used to age a nice single malt scotch. The smell of oak fills the air and for me to be able to identify the smoke says something about how defined it is. When the cigar was first lit the first 1/4 or so was slightly jagged before the cigar leveled off and burned even. The dark color ash held on extremely well and lasted until I chose to ash it at each third. As far as the draw here is where some might have a problem. So far all the ones I have smoked have had a heavy draw. While the cigar isn’t plugged the tobacco is dense and thus the draw is a bit tougher then normal. There was a nice volume of smoke despite this and the cigar never once went out on me, staying lit lit til I pt it down on my last exhale.
Conclusion: For some odd reason as I was smoking the Pork Tenderloin I found myself thinking about the Brady Bunch and Sam the Butcher who by the way is played by Ron Jeremy in the porn parody Not The Bradys XXX. Where I live in New York the butcher doesn’t wrap up the meat in paper like they did in the old days, and I feel a little bit cheated that my steaks come on a Styrofoam tray covered with Saran wrap. But times change, and we change as a society but don’t necessarily evolve as one. Sometimes I think we need to take a few steps back and move forward at a slower pace.
Disclaimer: For a change I actually bought some cigars for review. This happens more often then not, but lately I have had a backlog of free stuff. As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.