The Tatuaje Tattoo is a new blend from Pete Johnson and the Tabacalera Cubana factory in Esteli. While this is a new blend, the was another Tatuaje Tattoo released back in 2011. The previous release was a Limited Edition Box Pressed Lancero and was a completely different blend (see pic at bottom).
The Tattoo is set to be released in four different sizes. The Caballero, which is a 5x50 robusto, is the only size currently available (released May 2014). The three additional sizes and release dates have not yet been announced, but are expected later this summer.
Size: Caballero - 5 x 50
Factory: Tabacalera Cubana (TACUBA) - Esteli, Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Available in 50-Count boxes
Cigars for this review were purchased by RobbyRas
Pre-Light: The Tatuaje Tattoo was a solidly built little bugger. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper was a dark chocolate brown and gave off notes of leather, earth and sweet spice. The cold draw was a bit tight and tasted of deep earth notes along with a jammy stone fruit flavor.
Beginning: I hate to say that the first thing I noticed about a cigar was something that wasn't there, but I was completely caught off guard by the absence of spice. Given that this is a Garcia blend I expected that initial pepper blast and was pleasantly surprised when it was not there. Instead the Tatuaje Tattoo started off with very smooth flavors of earth (up front) and brown sugar (on the finish). There was a mild nutty note on the retrohale. The beginning was rich and smooth with ample amounts of flavor. The profile had a very "round" feel to it. That "round" feel tells me that the flavors are in perfect balance. I'll equate it to finding the perfect center of your surround sound system when watching a movie. The sound hits a perfect stereo and you're sucked in.
Middle: A mild baking spice began to build up at the 1.5" mark. It first became present on the reto then started to settle on the tongue. The spice never became more than a complementary flavor, but added another layer to the profile. The brown sugar sweetness began to transform into a raisin note which added a dry and slightly fruity component. This transition lasted about 15 minutes. At the mid point earthy notes took over the profile and a savory, smokey note joined the fray. Obviously, the Tattoo was packed with complexity and transition in flavor. The strength was building as well and reached a level of medium-plus at its peak.
End: Everything about this cigar seemed to plateau at the mid point. The flavors and strength held their positions throughout the final third. While smoking the Tattoo for the first time I felt as though the flavors changed by the minute and I was eager to see what came next. When I smoked my second one I knew what was coming and seemed to enjoy it even more.
Final Thoughts: Here we go again... Robby loves another cigar... Yeah, he does. The Tatuaje Tattoo provided a unique flavor profile that featured complexity and perfect balance. The construction was spot on and the draw, which was a bit tight pre-light, offered the right amount of resistance. I wouldn't change a thing. Throw in the fact that the MSRP is $5 and the Tattoo is a winner! The only complaint I have, as a consumer, is the 50-count box. If this came in boxes of 20 or 25, I would have purchased one by now. The 50-count box is a bit cost prohibitive, but the big problem I have is storage. I could probably find room for a box that size, but I'm not sure the average cigar smoker can.
Tatuaje Tattoo Score: 93 - "Box Split"
Although I said I never would, I have adopted Logan's scoring system.