As you may know, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars introduced the CiGWAR last year during the annual GWAR B-Q. Pete has continued the tradition with a new release of the CiGWAR for 2015. Only 1,500 packs of 3 were released for 2015. The key difference in this year’s release, aside from the new artwork, is the use of an Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus Maduro wrapper instead of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper used in last year’s release.
Vitola: Robsuto (5×50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus Maduro
Construction: The Tatuaje CiGWAR is a beautiful robusto: tightly packed, well-constructed cap, minimal veins on the wrapper, and a gorgeous closed foot. The crisp white ash held very tight throughout, only falling thrice during the entire smoke. The burn line was always even and required no touch-ups and the draw was perfect throughout; open enough to produce large clouds of thick smoke while restricting enough to burn slowly.
Flavor: The cigar started off with rich flavors of milk chocolate and black pepper with coffee on the finish. The retrohale provided cedar, pepper, and a subtle graham cracker note. As the cigar progressed, some of the sweetness had faded as the milk chocolate note began to change into more of a dark chocolate and the coffee note became more prominent. Additionally, there was a subtle nuttiness which came and went throughout the second half of the cigar. The cigar remained consistently spicy, occasionally sweet, and never bitter to the end. The smoke was cool and the cigar never got too hot.
Closing Thoughts: In all, the Tatuaje CiGWAR 2015 was a treat to smoke. It was a good medium to full bodied cigar filled with an abundance of rich pleasant flavors and had flawless construction. It is a shame that this year’s production is only half of last year’s, so if you have not yet tried this cigar, I would highly recommend you do, and if and when you do, savor it.
If you do have some more time, feel free to check out The Cigar Nut’s review of last year’s Tatuaje CiGWAR by clicking here!