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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Unnamed Cigar in a box of Diesel Wicked Short Cigar Review

October 21, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

Wrapper: ?    |   Binder: ??   |   Filler: ???   |   Price: ?????   |   Toro   |   6″ x ~52

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

A picture of the unnamed cigar from a Cigar.com forum (click on picture to go to the thread)

0/3: When I bought a box of Diesel Wicked some time ago I was not expecting to find an extra cigar in it, especially one in a coffin (a coffin with holes in it summoning images of some feral beast being locked in its cage to protect the town folk from its murderous intent). So that was pretty cool. Also, I don’t really know much about this cigar other than it is 6″ long, has a pig tail and I’d say the ring gauge is around 52 or 54.

There are a good number of veins all over the wrapper but, for the most part, they’re fairly superficial. It feels like it is uniformly packed and there’s a little give to the cigar as well. I’m excited to smoke this cigar as it’s kind of a blind tasting (although, I’m relatively certain there will be a good helping of Nicaraguan tobacco in this cigar since it is an A.J. Fernandez blend).

1/3: It starts out nicely with earth, cocoa and some rich grape flavors. Actually, I think “rich” is the right way to describe this cigar thus far.

2/3: The second third continues on where the first third left off until some spice and wheat notes start taking over shortly after the halfway point. I did like that first grouping of flavors – dark flavors with some depth – but these flavors that are coming on are nice in a slightly different way – a little more excitement and a bump in the intensity (not the strength as in full bodied or medium bodied, per se) of the flavors.

3/3: During the final third dark wood gets added to the picture along with a shift in the spice more towards sweet spice.

4/3: Medium-full bodied with a good draw and burn; this unnamed cigar definitely has it going when it comes to the richness of its flavors but does it work on other levels? The flavors themselves are pretty good and they work well together but they lack a certain amount of vibrancy and clarity to be a truly great cigar. So it works on a couple of levels at least. What it all boils down to is one simple question: Would I want to smoke another one of these cigars? Yes, I think I would. Now I just need to find out what the name of this cigar is.

3.5 out of 5 points – There’s some really good stuff going on here but it falls a bit short of being great

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

La Hermandad Short Cigar Review

September 17, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Short Cigar Review · Comment 

I received this cigar from the manufacturer, Primer Mundo Cigar Company; as always, all reviews are my own

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca    |   Binder: Nicaraguan   |   Filler: Nicaraguan   |   Box of 24: $218.40; Five Pack: $45.50   |   Toro   |   6″ x 52

La Hermandad cigar logo

La Hermandad cigar logo (click picture to go to the company’s site)

0/3: Dark brown wrapper with a waxy, oily feel to it. There aren’t many veins here and the cigar feels well made to me with no soft spots if, perhaps, a bit under packed, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. (I must also note that while the cigar I’m smoking is most definitely 6″ x 52 there is no corresponding size on their site. It’s either a typo or there was a change in the vitolas they now officially offer.)

1/3: There’s a great sweetness coming through, which is probably due in no small part to the Brazilian wrapper’s influence. Bright sweetness to be more specific with a definite grape flavor going on. There are also some woody notes as well.

2/3: A misting a chocolate is coming through here as well as some mint as well. Unique mix of flavors and, so far, it’s enjoyable.

3/3: Chocolate still coming through. Mint is still kicking around as well. Also a bit of graham cracker.

4/3: Medium bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Hermandad is a good cigar. There is a bit of an aftertaste with this cigar that isn’t wholly enjoyable but the flavors are undeniably good.

3.5 points – Good cigar after a nice dessert

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