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Cigar Review of the Tatuaje El Cohete

September 9, 2009


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This week, we have another guest reviewer joining us. His name is Charles Quarto, and I hope you enjoy his writing!

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Size:  4 7/8 x 50 rg

Wrapper:  Nicaragua

Binder:  Nicaragua

Filler:  Nicaragua

Strength:  Medium – Full

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Created for Mark of Tower Cigars, this exclusive release is of an identical blend as the other vitolas in the Tatuaje Miami line, but very squat in comparison.  I’d like to thank John Buchholz for the opportunity to smoke this little bomb of a cigar.

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Pre-Light

A short, fat little cigar with a large ring gauge, it reminds me somewhat of the NUB by Oliva.  The construction is top notch, which is unsurprising as this cigar is rolled in Miami by Don Pepin Garcia, featuring a wrapper that is very oily and supple to the touch.  On squeezing the cigar along its length, I find it to have a slight spring to it, with no hard or soft spots anywhere.  The cap is done in traditional Cuban style triple seam, and the foot is perfectly bunched.  The perfect pre-light draw left the lips tingling, letting me know that this thing was going to pack some spice.

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Burn & Draw

The burn stayed razor sharp throughout the entire cigar, leaving behind an ash that was tight, white, and held on strong until let go at the inch march.  The draw was spot on and consistent, never becoming loose or tight through the duration of the cigar.

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Flavor Profile

The initial flavor burst on lighting up was packed with spicy black pepper and that familiar Tat twang, as so many people call it.  About a half inch in the power and flavors backed down a notch, but still hovered in the full range.  I was picking up very prominent flavors of leather, rich tobacco, dark cocoa, and a slight citrus bitterness that was entirely surprising, but very pleasant.  Throughout the entire smoke these flavors would swap in terms of strength, keeping it interesting, yet not totally complex.  This actually worked in the cigars favor, as I feel that a cigar this short should not be too complex, as you won’t get to enjoy its flavors to the fullest.

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Overall Impression

I paired this cigar with an Allagash Dubbel Reserve Belgian Style Ale, and I would have to say it was a match made in heaven.  The power of this smoke, and the rich flavors were very complimentary to the more subtle, yet complex dark ale.  This cigar was what a NUB should be, in the sense that it hit full strength in the flavor and body right off the start, and never quit until the finger scorching nub.  If Mark ever gets more of these in, I will be certainly picking up a box.  Spicy and delicious, this is something every Tat fan would love when looking for a short in time, yet long in flavor smoke.



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2 Comments leave one →
  1. PappyFerrara permalink
    September 10, 2009 11:55 pm

    Very Nice review. Great Photo! Did you take it? Bill PappyFerrara

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