Size: 4″ x 40
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Behind the Stick: The Verocu No.5 is one of the two new releases from 2010 in the Tatuaje Havana VI line. Having had a lot of success with four limited edition Verocu cigars, Pete Johnson did a regular release of the Verocu under the Havana VI line. These are blended to be a little stronger than the other cigars in the Havana VI line and meant to be a short little spice bomb of a smoke.
Construction: This little guy is definitely a great looking cigar. Despite being naked with no band to cover itself up, with the beautiful seamless habano wrapper, few inconsequential veins, and Cubanesque triple cap, you couldn’t care less about a band. The draw is effortless, but not too loose.
Flavor: The prelight draw brings licorice and some slight hay flavors to my tongue. The initial light and draw really kicks you in the tongue with that classic Tatuaje spiciness. Other flavors I’m getting are black pepper and fresh cut cedar. After about half an inch the spiciness has really come down in intensity and I’m getting some nice caramel, nutty, and slight cinnamon flavors. Every other draw I’m getting slight hints of milk chocolate, which complements the other flavors nicely. A little over halfway through the cigar I’m still getting nutty flavors with the occasional milk chocolate notes, but the caramel and cinnamon have all but died out. The spiciness is returning though, with hints of an ending packed with a punch. Smoking this down to the nub, the strength did indeed grow, but most of the flavors have seemed to have dwindled at the end.
Overall: Despite it’s small package, the Verocu No.5 punches through with a Napoleon complex to show you that it’s a bigger cigar than you might think. The flavors were smooth, creamy, and delicious through the middle of the cigar, with it’s spice and strength really shining through at the beginning and end. The nice white ash that held nicely spoke of the solid construction, only having to ash the cigar three times at just under an inch each time. If you’re considering it, this is definitely worthy of a box purchase, which I’m happy to say I’ve already followed through with. In my opinion they are also a great value, since you can get a cab of 50 for under $200. This is also a perfect smoke for when you only have around 45 minutes to dedicate to a cigar.