Tatuaje Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 Cigar Review

November 8, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Uncategorized · Comment 
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TAA sounds like it might be related to the TSA but it isn’t. TAA is an acronym for something like “Tobacconist Association of America” or something like that. I’m not completely straight on what the story behind this organization is but what I do know is that every year a handful of cigar makers will make special cigars for the brick and mortar retailers who belong to this organization. It’s a way to say “thank you” for carrying their products, I guess.

If memory serves, and it’s doing so with less regularity nowadays, I have liked TAA edition cigars in the past and, yes, that is true as I did like the Tatuaje TAA 2012. That was a tasty cigar and, unfortunately, it’s gone now. Moving forward….

This TAA exclusive is a thick, dark brown parejo that comes adorned with a band of black, white and gold. One unique thing about this cigar is that it comes with a closed foot, which looks cool and I think there’s some practical purpose to doing that as well.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 3/8″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $197.95/Box of 20 | $55.00/Pack of 5

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Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Cigar Review

September 30, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

From Cigar Aficionado:

To commemorate [Tatuaje's tenth anniversary], My Father Cigars is repackaging the original Tatuaje Selección de Cazador, or “brown label,” sizes in a gold foil pouch with a redesigned band and uncut foot. A new perfecto size has also been created.

That’s cool, most companies, no matter in what industry, don’t make it ten years. How has Tatuaje done it? Well, most of there cigars are awesome. Plus, Pete Johnson does an amazing job of promoting the brand and has created a cult status around his brand. Also, there’s some more stuff about the 10th anniversary party on that link. Now onto the cigar.

The cigar for this review is called the Havana Cazadores and measures in at 6 3/8″ by 43 and it looks well made, as is all of the premium stuff that comes out of My Father Cigars. While not a lot of oils on the wrapper the construction looks impeccable and the chocolate brown wrapper is marred only by quite a few superfluous veins.

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary box art (click to go to Tatuaje's Facebook Page)

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary box art (click to go to Tatuaje’s Facebook Page)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: long corona
Length: 6 3/8”
Ring Gauge: 43
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $224.99/Box of 25 | $50.00/5 Pack

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You are met with a fine grouping of warm flavors with a good helping of bright, fairly strong spice during the very beginning of the cigar. Those warm flavors include maple and some bread notes as well. It’s a complex group of flavors all wrapped up in a medium bodied bouquet. Very tasty.

Great combination of deep, rich savory sweet flavors with spice continues during the middle third. A bit of meat gets added to the flavor profile during the latter part of this third. I’m really enjoying it thus far.

While there isn’t a ton of evolution in this cigar the flavors do steadily pick up steam from the first third to this one. Spice has become a progressively bigger player throughout this cigar and the final third is no different.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Havana Cazadores is a wonderful cigar replete with flavors ranging from rich maple sweetness to a clear, cutting spice. This mixture of flavors is great and will probably appeal to just about anyone.

92 points

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

September 27, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

During the summer last year I purchased the cigars for this review as well as some of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano, which I liked. I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this cigar for a while and today is as good as any other.

Maybe not an exquisite looking cigar, it does have a rich look to it. Also, the wrapper feels like velvet, velvet with some oils. There are also a couple of bumps and veins on the semi-dark brown wrapper. It feels uniformly packed and it’s pretty solidly packed at that; slight box press to this cigar.

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra (click picture to see Cigar Aficionado's review; this cigar was their #9 cigar of 2012)

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra (click picture to see Cigar Aficionado’s review; this cigar was their #9 cigar of 2012)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $13.00/Single

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There’s an overall softness to the flavor profile that is nice. Sweetness, a mixture of bright spices that linger in the nostrils after a healthy retrohale and there are some pleasant wood notes occasionally coming through. The flavors are good at this point and my overall impression of this cigar is that it’s pretty laid back but that there is also this underlying spicy intensity just wanting to be let free.

That soft spice is evolving into something more exotic and the intensity is picking up a bit from the first third. This spice has some body and depth to it. Sweetness, which has a faint resemblance to brown sugar, is still chugging along. Any woodiness that was around in the first third has receded well into the background. I’m hoping that the intensity of flavors (not the strength of the cigar) will continue to increase.

During the final third the flavors seem to drift a bit and lessen in intensity. Not a bad turn as the flavors, which are pretty much the same with a bit of doughiness added in, are still enjoyable but this cigar didn’t end with the bang I was hoping for.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra features a well developed flavor profile that never turns bad. Throughout my time smoking this cigar I got an unmistakably exotic feel to the flavor profile that was interesting and pretty tasty. It’s a good cigar and I’m glad that I got the chance to smoke these cigars.

90 points

Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel Cigar Review

September 19, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I received two of these cigars from Smoke Inn for this review; as always, all reviews are my own

“Quesada” is the name of the cigar making family, “Oktoberfest” is a drunkfest celebrated by Germans (I think they are celebrating short dresses, lederhosen and beer; I’m not sure though) and “Dunkel” is German for what I’m guessing is some sort of “dunking.” Maybe some of that first sentence is true, maybe none of it is. For some real info check out the blurb from Smoke Inn’s site:

This exclusive cigar is the newest offering in the Smoke Inn Microblend Series™. The Oktoberfest Dunkel is a 6×54 cigar that is specifically blended to pair perfectly with your favorite Oktoberfest brew.

The Oktoberfest Dunkel features the same binders and fillers of the regular Oktoberfest release, with the exception of the wrapper. A very select broadleaf maduro wrapper envelops this rich cigar with a slight underlying Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper at the foot, thus giving the appearance of a dark rich Dunkel beer with a savory foamy head.

Like the above quote points out, the main wrapper, the broadleaf maduro, comes up about a quarter of an inch short of the foot revealing a much lighter wrapper, which is the Ecuadorian Connecticut. It’s interesting to look at but will it have much of an affect on the flavor of the cigar? Speaking of the cigar, it looks well made with a slightly rough texture, a decent amount of oils and some small, lighter colored marks on the wrapper. There are some veins as well.

Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel

Smoke Inn Microblend Series Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel (Click picture to order the cigar now)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro/Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $134.25/Box of 15 | $44.75/5 Pack

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It starts out very pleasantly. Warm wood, fatty nuts and some caramel sweetness lurking around in the background. I like this mixture of flavors and I can easily see the connection between this cigar and beer. The flavors are dark and robust with an underlying sweetness that is very enjoyable.

A floral sweetness with some spice comes on during the second third, which is a nice progression for this cigar to make. The strongest flavor going on is that caramel sweetness tinged with a hint of oak. It’s still quite good but less like beer.

Oak and floral notes are the main thing in the final third. There’s also a slightly burnt caramel flavor coming through right now that takes a bit of my enjoyment out of the cigar but, overall, it’s still a plus cigar.

Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the Smoke Inn Microblend Series Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel is a pretty good cigar. Have it with a dark beer (by the way, after reading a little more into it, “dunkel” means “dark” in German; who knew?) and you will have a good time.

90 points

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Cigar Review

September 18, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

I reviewed the Oliva Serie V Melanio a little while ago and I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t the best cigar I’ve ever had but it was pretty good. Better than that really. Will the wrapper change make a difference for the better… or worse? (Technically, I guess there could be a push.)

With a darkish black/brown wrapper, which is velvety to the touch, this box pressed torpedo (the only vitola they offer according to their website) looks expertly put together. Firmly packed with a bit of oil on the wrapper, I can’t see much wrong with the way this cigar looks. Sure, there’s that one rogue vein near the head of the cigar but that’s not going to cause a problem for the draw or anything else that actually matters in terms of taste and whatnot. The prelight draw is a bit tight but, based off of the other one I smoked, that will not pose a problem.

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Cigar

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro (click picture to go to Oliva’s site)

Cigar Stats
Vitola: torpedo
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
Price: $110.95/Box of 10 | $58.00/5 Pack

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A hard, bright spice is the first I noticed when I started this cigar. There’s also a strong peppermint flavor going on, which is unique in my cigar smoking experience. In the background we can also find some cocoa and some other complimentary flavors. It’s really an interesting mix and it wasn’t what I was expecting when I first tried this cigar.

It’s weird but in that good, Memento sort of way. (I would try to wring every last drop out of the Memento comparison but I don’t think a cigar review would be that enjoyable to read backwards.) Peppermint is the main flavor I’m getting during the second third followed by spice, some dark (but definitely background) wood notes and a bit of rich earthiness on the aftertaste.

Peppermint basically disappears during the first part of the final third as an ascendant barbecued meatiness takes over. Some sweetness does come on at the tail end but it would have been better if it had been around for the full third to provide a nice counterbalance to the somewhat off putting barbequed meat flavor.

Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is a worthy addition to the Melanio line extension. It was a very interesting cigar during the first two thirds and I sincerely enjoyed how the peppermint played off of the other flavors. The final third, on the other hand, was a bit of a dud. Still, I think the first two thirds are worth it and, with some age, I’m sure the final third will round out nicely. Did I like it more than the original Melanio? Yes, but barely.

91 points

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