Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Binder and Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: Available only in CRA Sampler Pack #1 – $90.00 cost
Behind The Stick:
The story behind this wonderful cigar has a double edged sword, but none the less has been very effective. Pete Johnson is the man behind the brand, and through the years of building his business he was able to create a cigar for his own person tastes, masterfully blended by the master himself, Pepin Garcia. This cigar, better known to us as the Tatuaje Black, has been produced but done such in very limited numbers and really has captured the scene. The most recent release, December 3rd 2009 at 11:30am est New Havana Cigars had reported boxes of 10 tubos and singles for sale with a maximum of 10 cigars per customer – That being said they sold out of ALL their cigars within 3 minutes. . .
Here comes my double edge sword – The man can sell some cigars, no doubt about it. Those who may disbelieve this, think about the Drac and Boris cigars around Halloween and how hard it was for most of us to acquire them. The Tatuaje Black is the same way in my thoughts, is it limited enough and has such a good amount of hype to where you ‘must’ find at least one or two. My main drawback to this, if I have to hunt for a cigar and then they are sold out faster than concert tickets, it almost makes me not want it as much as I want one – if that makes sense. If you want to make a cigar, make enough of them or distribute them to more than one retailer – I would LOVE to get some more of these cigars, but they just are not to be found. I got this cigar as a package deal from CRA and it has been sitting in my humidor for a few months just begging me to smoke it.
Another flawless creation from Pete and the workers at the Tatuaje factories, evenly packed from head to foot with minimal veins. The dark, oily, chocolate colored wrapper was fitted with a perfectly placed triple cap, and the unfinished foot added a feeling of the exotic. Another thing I wanted to note was that through the length of the cigar I noticed small ‘hairs’ that gave just another feeling of the unfinished, rugged, Cuban feel to the stick.
As with almost all of the cigars blended by Don Pepin Garcia – The Tatuaje Black starts out with a kick of pepper, nice and hot but not very spicy. A nice sensation of leather beings to build after the initial burst, and remains throughout the entire cigar. Once the cigar builds up in heat, around the midway point, I started to notice that the pepper and leather started to die down and a wood like sensation began to build. This wood sensation I just couldn’t put my finger on a ‘cedar’ or ‘oak’ or ‘maple’ but it was very reminiscent to cut wood. Towards the end of the cigar, it easily fit into the lower full range, and began to pick up the original flavors of leather but had a bit of earth to add into the mix. Very complex and very good!
I have to say, Pete, your a marketing genius and definitely have been able to produce a great cigar! I will keep these in mind when I go to B&M’s or when searching the internet, but with the limited quantities available, it has become one of those ‘If I get one I get one, if I don’t, then I don’t’ but I will say, if I ever find a retailer who has them, I’ll buy a good 5 to 10 of them. I am aware that this cigar is of a different size and therefore the flavor of the smaller ring gauge may be slightly different, but still a winner. If you can find some, do not hesitate, grab a few and try them for yourselves!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory