Cigar Review: Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles
Today I was in the mood for something short, and something thin so I opted for a Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles from my humidor. As I ranted yesterday today isn’t my favorite holiday, but someone I used to see emailed me today so it put me in a better mood. She wasn’t really a fan of smoking, so the relationship was doomed from the beginning but she had an engaging personality to say the least. While I respect people that don’t smoke and don’t like it she never lectured me which is a lesson for all non smokers. As for us as smokers, I guess we should learn to respect those around us, as I never lighted up in front of her.
Anyway, according to the Tatuaje Cigars website this cigars are blended in the style of the flavorful yet Medium Bodied Cuban Cigars. The cigars are rolled in Nicaragua using select Nicaraguan tobaccos and classic Cuban blending with a beautiful Cuban triple-cap. Made at the My Father Cigar factory these stay true to the pride of El Rey de Los Habanos.
Cigar: Tatuaje Havana VI
Size: 4 5/8 x 42 (Petit Corona)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Appearance and Construction: This petit corona from the Tatuaje Havana VI line is produced in Nicaragua at the My Father Cigars factory the stick is a perfect example of the quality craftsmanship that is a product of the Pepin family attention to detail. The cigar is virtually seamless in the roll, with an perfectly placed triple cap and no soft spots. Adorned with the classic red label, and glistening with oils this one stands out in any humidor.
Flavor & Notes: I snipped the cigar with mohel like precision since I recently witnessed Pete being dragged into the tribe one Hanukkah night at his birthday celebration at Tobacco Plaza. The prelight draw is remind me of mocha and a hint of caramel while the foot is a bit woodsy. Once the cigar is lit there is a slight spice and hearty wood notes in the first third. As we enter the second third the wood note continues with that typical Nicaraguan spice hanging out in the background complimenting the wood notes. While there isn’t a lot going on in terms of complexity the smoke is very enjoyable. The final third kicked it up a notch with some added pepper notes and a touch of leather. The finish was strong wood with a slight sweetness.
Smoking Characteristics: A slow burning cigar that has an ample volume of smoke with sweet characteristics to the nose. The draw has a slight resistance to it and burns impeccably. The medium to dark color ash holds on well considering the thin ring gauge of the cigar.
Conclusion: It seems lately I have gotten caught up in the hype of big ring cigars and after smoking this thin ring stick I realize this is where it is at. I know people like the 60 ring smokes for the extra smoke, a slightly ramped strength and the value. However, I implore smokers to take the test. Next time you are in a shop buy the cigar of your choice in two formats. The 60 ring guage and a 50 ring or less and see how much more flavorful and rich the experience is with the thinner cigar.
Price: $7.50 per stick or $118.99 a box of 24 @ Famous