People often ask me what does Tatuaje mean when I recommend the cigars, and I always inform them it means Tattoo. In fact in my circle of friends some call Tatuaje, “Tattoo” because it is easier to pronounce and remember. Pete Johnson the man behind the brand is covered in Tattoos so the name is a perfect fit. As a fan of Pete Johnson the person and the cigar brand Tatuaje I was happy to see a cigar released called “Tattoo” for whatever the reason may be.
The Tattoo is slated to be released yearly in a new size each and every time. The first release limited to 5100 cigars and is a box pressed lancero.
Cigar: Tatuaje Tattoo
Size: 7 x 38
Wrapper: Habano Rosado Oscuro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 4
Appearance and Construction: First off I love the bands on the Tatuaje Exclusive Series. With the word(s) in the middle and the side colors of red, white and blue it reminds me of championship belt from the Rocky movies. This box pressed beauty is glistening with oils and the wrapper only has the finest of veins. In the hand it almost has a velvet like feel between the fingers. There are no soft spots present and the cigar has a nice weight to it although slightly unbalanced, feeling heavier at the cap.
Flavor & Notes: Some cigar review sites always refer to the nose of the wrapper and I almost never get any. This cigar is different thought as I get a distinct mocha off the wrapper that is intensified at the foot. The cold draw reveals a slight chocolate note and leather. As we smoke the first third there are notes of mocha that grab your attention with a touch of leather and the rare wisp of cinnamon. Retro-haling the cigar really makes the notes pop and is a must for this particular cigar. As we smoke the second third, notes of earth begin to develop with some faint cinnamon notes in the background and mocha is noticeable on the finish. The final third the spice picks up some especially through the nose. The finish is leather with a subtle sweetness
Smoking Characteristics: As with most lancero smokes the ash does not hold long at all but thankfully the dark color ash is flake free. As you smoke the cigar it reveals a nice thin carbon line with a straight burn until I got til the final third where it became slightly jagged. The draw was slightly loose and it produced a nice amount of smoke for the size.
Conclusion: While the Tattoo was enjoyable I think if given the choice I much rather smoke a Tatuaje Especiales as I found the experience to be richer. Which is a shame because I love lancero cigars and box pressed cigars. However for me this fell just a little bit short of expectations.