Size: 6.375 x 54 ring gauge
Price: about $12
Purchased at Burns Tobacconist
2013 was Tatuaje’s 10th Anniversary year and I’m just now getting around to reviewing one of the important pieces of the puzzle that made up the celebration of those 10 year...so I guess I was a little late to this party. There’s a combination of circumstances that went into the delay. First, late last year ended up quite busy for me; that’s just how life is sometimes. Second, I smoked one of these when they came out and I liked it...but I wondered if I would like it more with a little extra resting time. A few weeks turned into 3 months and here we are.
Is this the best-looking band to ever adorn a Tatuaje? Yes, I think so. The original brown Seleccion de Cazadores bands are classic and subdued...but were also extraordinarily easy to overlook in a crowded humidor. I know because I overlooked them several times when they first came out, until someone else told me about them. These are unlikely to be ignored quite so easily...not that Tatuaje brands are in danger of being ignored anymore. The wrapper leaf under the band was dark brown...a milk chocolate hue toward the head, gradually darkening to a dark chocolate tone near the foot. The closed foot (what I like to call a “fold-over foot”...sorta like a “comb-over hairdo”) was as neat and tidy as that kind of thing comes and the cap and seams all looked expertly finished. The only thing wrong was a crack that started at the foot and extended upwards about an inch. Being near the foot, I figured it probably wouldn’t affect burn a huge amount and flavor even less, so I elected to let it go instead of waiting until I could buy a new sample.
The draw opened up once a bit of the closed foot had burned off and suddenly it was free-flowing, delivering up flavors of earth and cedar, as well as touches of anise and leather on the palate. Remember how everyone always used to talk about how Pepin blends began with a “blast of pepper spice”? This blend was one of the originals to do that...and it still does. I got a healthy nasal burn on the retrohale and a bit of black pepper on the palate, as well.
As expected, I was able to get past the crack in the wrapper with no problem, hinting at the great quality construction that My Father Cigars is capable of. Not sure if it’s a “construction” concern or not, but I also noted a massive amount of smoke almost every time I took a puff...lots of smolder in that Nicaraguan leaf!
Tatuaje Brown Label cigars have never been known for being inexpensive, but they are known for delivering great flavor, so I have to conclude that this cigar is worth the asking price.
This is a cigar that starts off medium in body and ramps up to full by the end and it is no slouch in the nicotine strength department, either, so newbies beware. For fans of the Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazadores, though, this is a no-brainer. It’s a great cigar with lots of flavor to go along with its strength. Get ‘em while you can...they are probably a great candidate for long-term aging.