Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Criollo (Nicaragua)
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: About $20.00 a pop
Behind The Stick:
Pete always seems to be coming out with new and exciting products and fun ‘twists’ that really keep you on your toes. This cigar, the Tatuaje L’Esprit de Verite which means â€œThe Spirit of the Truthâ€ is no different in that respect. This is a Nicaraguan puro that has taken an idea that has been common place within the wine industry for years – all of this product is produced from a single farm in Esteli and as you can tell by the large 2008 on the front, has been dated to mark the vintage – as I said, similar to the wine industry. From what I have been able to hear in the shadows, Pete is planning on continuing this trend over the next few years – something to look forward to! I was able to purchase a group of 3, one to hold onto and 2 to smoke for review. Lets see how the Tatuaje Lâ€™esprit de La Verite performs!
As if this would even be a concern, but the cigar was perfectly constructed. Evenly packed from head to foot, no blemishes or substantial veins. I was pretty impressed with the foot though, it looked as if it has just been packed to the limits with tobacco – big bonus! The band is where I was lost, the lettering is damn well as plain as you can get with what I could only assume was an attempt at simple but elegant – well they got the simple part down.
Man I love that spice – right from the start that well known kick and bite just gave me an idea of what to expect. I was surprised though – that spice didn’t hang around too much but was a nice opening for the earth, wood and mild leather flavors to follow. Near the midway point I was able to pick out some sweet fruit and a decent dose of nutty flavors – teetering on that fence of being too much. Earth and leather carried this one from the mid point till the nub. The finish was much shorter than some of Pete’s other cigars but this was not bad, it only increased my need to smoke more but I had to be careful to not smoke too fast, which I did on my first. This isn’t what I would consider a complex cigar but rather a cigar that is well balanced and has an excellent delivery.
Given the unique aspect of how Pete is attempting to manage the Tatuaje L’Esprit de Verite in regards to the wine business I think he really has started something impressive. Yes its a puro so the flavors are not going to be as diverse as a blend but that does not mean it is a bad smoke, in fact I would put this up there with one of the better, less complex cigars I have smoked in a while. I will say though, I have no idea why this smoke is going for 20.00 usd each, the growing, fermenting (which was rushed and marketed as an ‘aging cigar’), blending, packaging and delivery do not require such a high price. I am looking forward to letting one rest until the next couple batches are released to see how the vintage effects the delivery. All in all, I was not ‘wowed’ by this smoke but I can see this being a single or maybe a pair I will hunt down in the future once the price decides to level out. Give it a shot for yourself, let me know what you think!
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