Tatuaje Fausto – Cigar Review
The name Fausto is a variant of the word Faust which is Latin. The meaning of Fausto is “fortunate, enjoying good luck”. While we can argue that Pete has been fortunate it has gone beyond, good luck. The Tatuaje Fausto is basically the T-110 that was originally made for a shop in Honolulu. It is also one of the first cigars that I went crazy trying to track down when I took my obsession with Tatuaje Cigars to the next level. From time to time I was able to get one in a cigar pass or a cigar bomb, but never enough to keep me satisfied. My humidor never had more than 3 at a time, because I couldn’t wait to smoke them. However, over time my tastes in cigars went from full strength to medium. So now that the Fausto is out I smoke one with caution.
The Fausto is available in 4 sizes; FT127 – 5 x 54 (MSRP: $8.00), FT140 – 5.5 x 52 (MSRP: $8.25), FT153 – 6 x 50 (MSRP: $8.50), and the FT166 – 6.5 x 48 (MSRP: $8.75).
The advertising for Fausto says, “This one goes to 11” with a dial that goes beyond the standard number ten. So with a big dinner in my belly, I reach for my Fausto and offer my thoughts…
Size: 5 x 54 (F124 )
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The Tatuaje Fausto has a nice dark Habano wrapper from Ecuador that has a few veins and subtle amounts of essential oils showing out of the humidor. In the hand there is a silk like feel to the cigar and a subtle amount of tooth as well. There are no soft spots, a firm foot and a nice weight to the cigar. The band is red and black with the words Fausto above a black dot that appears to have a slightly raised iron cross in it. Underneath it states Esteli. The band has a Cuban feel to it which isn’t a surprise as Pete Johnson is a collector of Cuban bands.
Flavor & Notes: I wanted to cut the cigar with a punch to limit the intake on this strong cigar but both times I lit one up I couldn’t find it. I opted for a straight cut of a narrow variety. I find if a cigar is strong, sometimes you can help offset it by limiting the smoke intake. The foot of the cigar serves up notes of spice that reminds me of wasabi. The cold draw has some sweetness to it, but when resting the cigar between the lips there is a slight tingling sensation. Once the cigar is lit the onslaught of spice begins, but it is not the most potent I’ve ever smoked. Beneath the peppery spice there is some subtle sweetness before being joined by some hearty wood notes at the end of the first third. In the second third the spice remains but it’s a little more subtle than in the first third. There is some wood and leather in the mix as well. The last third of the cigar the strength was there, and the spice kicked it up a notch but the primary note was a strong cuban style coffee with a touch of dark chocolate and an earthy finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The Fausto starts off in your face with a an amazing amount of spice and slows down only to slowly work its way back to an ass kicking finish. The burn of the cigar was pretty even throughout with a solid light ash that held for a third at a time. The draw was ideal and didn’t need to be re lit. The aroma of the spice has a spicy kick as well.
Conclusion: Numerous times I heard the cigar referred to as the T110 blend. Then many times I heard it was based on the T110. My memory tells me the T110 was more of a spice bomb from start to finish then the Fausto. If you are expecting the T110 you could be disappointed until the last third when the similarities are uncanny. That being said the Fausto delivers if you are looking for a powerful cigar with spice and flavor.
Price: $8.00 ($180 box/25 @ Atlantic Cigars)