Tatuaje Drinking Age (Anthony’s Cigar Emporium Exclusive)
The Tatuaje Drinking Age is made at the My Father Cigar Factory in Esteli Nicaragua by the Garcia family with whom Pete Johnson, of Tatuaje Cigars, has been working closely with over the past years. This cigar has been released as a shop exclusive for Anthonyâ€™s Cigar Emporium of Phoenix Arizona, to commemorate their 21st year in business.
Shop exclusives are nothing new for Anthonyâ€™s Cigar Emporium, who last year had not one, but TWO shop exclusives to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Each box of the Tatuaje Drinking Age contains 21 cigars, appropriately, and only 300 boxes of the Tatuaje Drinking Age will be produced, (6,300 cigars total).
This is a big year for shop exclusives from Tatuaje; the Tatuaje Drinking age is the first Shop Exclusive cigar that Tatuaje is to release this year with four more shop exclusives coming throughout the year. In addition, Tatuaje is also re-releasing two of their most popular shop exclusives including the Tatuaje M-80, which is to be re-released for the New Hampshire based Two Guys Cigar Shop.
Vitola: Robusto Grande (5.5×54)
Wrapper: Sun Grown Nicaraguan Criollo
Appearance: The Tatuaje Drinking Age is a beautiful cigar; the smooth medium brown wrapper has a light reddish hue and only minor veins present with a well constructed triple cap and short pigtail.
As much fun as all of that is, thatâ€™s probably not why youâ€™re here. You want to know what the cigar tastes like, how it smokes, if itâ€™s worth going after or if itâ€™s a total dud. Well, letâ€™s get right down to it, shall we?
Pre Light: The Tatuaje Drinking Age is a rather dense cigar, but the draw is good, perhaps a bit restricting, but good nonetheless. The cold draw provides a mouthful of graham cracker, fig, and cayenne pepper.
First Third: The cigar starts off with powerful amounts of toasted oak, earth, and an indistinct spice. After the first several puffs, the Tatuaje Drinking Age begins to transition into an intriguingly flavorful cigar. The first third offers notes of raw almonds, black pepper, and cedar with just a bit of citrus on the finish. Additionally, notes of leather & cashew are found on the retrohale. The Tatuaje Drinking Age is a full bodied cigar which stands at the low end of a full strength and remains so until the end.
Toward the end of the first third, there was a subtle, tart note, reminiscent of cranberry, which began to fade in and out, eventually disappearing once I got into the second third; I noticed this on both cigars I smoked for this review. Itâ€™s an interesting note; one that seemingly shouldnâ€™t fit in, but somehow does.
To digress for a moment, this is one of the things I love about getting to review cigars: I am forced to pay close attention to each of the subtle flavors and every little nuance which can be found in a cigar. Too often do we consume things with such haste that we miss out on a true pleasure that is right in front of us. Itâ€™s truly a shame to think that so much time, thought, effort and passion is put into something that we are too busy to notice.
Anyways, back to the cigar!
Second Third: The second third offers a prominent, rich, deep tobacco note throughout. The tobacco is accompanied by notes of bread, continued black pepper, and pine with an underlying pomegranate note. The retrohale is filled with leather and red pepper with a smoky finish.
Final Third: During the final third of the Tatuaje Drinking Age, the flavors become a bit more traditional, with notes of leather, cedar, dark chocolate and black pepper becoming the prominent flavors with the citrus undertone returning from the first third. The finish remains smoky, spicy, and even has a green tea note to top it all off.
Overview & Closing Thoughts: Although Tatuaje usually puts out somewhat complex cigars, I was somewhat taken aback by the numerous and ever changing flavors presented by this cigar; this is likely due to its lack of age. I see this being an incredible treat in 6 months to a year.
If you did manage to pick up a few Tatuaje Drinking Age, try one now, write down what you think, and then forget all about them. In the next 6-18 months, try another, write down your thoughts and compare notes. The flavors should begin to marry over time and the cigar as a whole should become more cohesive.
In the end, it turns out that the Drinking Age is still a bit too young; delicious, interesting, and filled with potential, but a bit too young, nevertheless.