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Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This Tatuaje cigar just looks impressive and intimidating with the sheer size of 6¼x60, the smooth dark wrapper and the closed foot. I got this as a gift at a huge herf in Ocala, Florida. The cold draw is a little tough with a peppery taste on my lips and the cigar has a strong wood aroma.
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The first puffs give me a smoother and softer flavor palate and strength then I expected from the looks of this cigar. Earthy tones with wood and a little bit of pepper. Soon it changes to wood, herbs and pepper. After a centimeter I get a lot more pepper and the cigar is starting to become the powerhouse I expected it to be.
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After an inch I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is now strong and spicy and after a third I taste wood again with some citrus and the pepper.
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Halfway I taste a sharp cinnamon flavor that is a bit too strong to be nice and the pepper becomes very dominant. After that the flavors don’t change a lot anymore except a citrus flavor that gains a little bit of strength on the background.
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The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes with a fine draw and a medium thick smoke. The burn is great and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I like the twist on the regular Tatuaje ring, its still very easily identified as a Tatuaje but also very clear it’s not a regular Tatuaje.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not with this ring gauge

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Havana VI Almirantes

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I bought this cigar in my home country of The Netherlands for €8. The 7×47 cigar is made by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua for Pete Johnson from Tatuaje, like all Tatuaje cigars.
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The wrapper is nice chocolate brown with some veins and the well known simple Tatuaje ring. The wrapper is mild oily. The aroma is very unusual and more floral than the barnyard, even though there is a faint barnyard aroma too. I feel some soft spots in the construction but the cold draw is great nonetheless. I taste musty wood with raisin.
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I taste a sparkling, twangy pepper with blackberries and wood. After a third I taste wood with some pepper on the background and still a hint of blackberries. Halfway the flavors get creamy, more buttery with wood, a little citrus and a nice pepper.
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After two thirds the twang is gone but I still taste the wood, the citrus and the cigar gets a little more spicy. The flavors are full but smooth.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half with a great draw and a decent amount of white smoke. The light colored ash is reasonably firm. The burn is great. I would call this cigar medium plus bodied and medium plus flavored too.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, as a matter of fact, I have a full box in my humidor

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Pudgy Tiff

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #8 is a new one, just like the Chuck and it’s actually Chucks bride, Tiff. Tiff is exactly the same size as Chuck, 4×50 but with an Ecuadorean Connecticut Shade wrapper and that’s where my prejudice kicks in, I hate Connecticut Shade wrappers with a passion. I’m even hesitant to smoke this cigar, but on the other hand I made a commitment to review all pudgy monsters and so I will. The wrapper is a bit dull with a few veins. The ring is cream white with black letters, my favorite color scheme for the monster series so far. The construction feels good, the cold draw is fine, with sweetness and a hint of pepper. There is a reasonable strong aroma of musty wood.
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In the beginning I taste honey with a classical musty Connecticut Shade flavor, the reason why I don’t like it. After half an inch I also taste wood.
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Halfway is more of the wood with the musty flavor, but the sweetness changed from honey to sugar. The wood flavor is leading, the musty flavor is lingering on the background though. Near the end I taste a lot of pepper on my lips.
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The ash is white and firm. The draw is good and the burn is sharp. The smoke is medium thick and white. Mild to medium bodied cigar with medium flavor. The cigar lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No! It’s not a bad stick but not my cup of tea.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Pudgy Chuck

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #7 is a bit of a strange story as its a new blend, not just new for the Monster spin off series but a complete new blend as there’s never a full size Chuck. The cigar has Nicaraguan fillers and binder with an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper in a 4×50 short robusto size. For the ring Johnson chose baby blue with white lettering. The wrapper has a very nice dark chocolate color with small veins. Construction feels good and the cigar has a strong stable or barnyard aroma. The cold draw is perfect and quite spicy.
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I taste nutmeg and a toast flavor, but with a hint of pepper so it’s nothing like a piece of French toast for breakfast. There is also some creamy sweetness. After half a centimeter it’s the toast flavor that’s most powerful.
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After a third there is a bit more sweetness on a toasty base. Halfway I also taste a woody flavor with the toast and sugary sweetness. The flavors are all a bit creamy. Near the end the woody flavor gets stronger but still with a lot of sweetness.
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The smoke is a bit thin but not thin enough to complain about and it gets ticker along the way. The ash is silver gray and firm. The draw is just as I like it. The burn is sharp. I would calm this cigar medium bodied and full flavored. This small cigar lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, and I would also love to try this in a robusto and Churchill size.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Pudgy JV-13

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #6 is the JV-13, new to the sampler kits. It’s a 5 ½ x52 version of the full size JV-13 aka The Jason. The cigar has been made with Nicaraguan tobacco and a high priming Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and the blend is based on the Fausto/Avion blend. Pete Johnson chose for a red band with black letters for this release. The wrapper is dark, it looks kind of mean with a big vein like a huge scar on the back. Construction feels good, a bit hard but consistent. There is a mild sweet aroma and the cold draw is flawless but very peppery.
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Pepper and coffee, that’s the first things I taste. After almost an inch the pepper is still strong as hell, but with a hint of caramel and some wood.
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After a third there is a little more wood with the pepper. Halfway the cigar turns meaty, I like it. It’s bold, straight forward, strong. Slowly a little sweetness shows up again. At the end I taste a very nice toasty flavor, toast with pepper, some sweetness and smokey BBQ.
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The smoke starts out a little thin but it gets ticker and more plentiful. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. The ash is almost white and firm. The draw is perfect and the burn razor sharp. The cigar lasted an hour and forty five minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes and smoke it after a big BBQ.

Appearance: 7
Construction: 9
Draw: 10
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 9

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Tatuaje Pudgy Mummy

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #5 from the Pudgy Monster sampler is the pudgy mummy, a 5 ¾x47 Nicaraguan puro with a sun grown criollo wrapper. The band is simple like all Tatuaje cigars, grey with white letters this time. The wrapper is nice deep colored with a nice shine and a few thin veins. The construction feels good. The cold draw is tight and peppery. I actually used my cool, custom made, draw tool and noticed a plug approximately at the ring.
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The first puffs are spicy, peppery and a little harsh. But not harsh in a bad way. The harshness and pepper disappear and I taste spices, wood and just a bit of white pepper. It’s nice and balanced.
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After a third the pepper picks up a little without overdoing it. The woody aftertaste is very nice and there is a hint of dark chocolate.
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Halfway it’s wood and spices, mellow and well balanced. The power slowly builds up but it never gets full bodied. At the end I taste nuts.
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The draw is great after I used the draw tool and the smoke is thick, white and copious. The ash is silver gray but it’s fragile and breaks easily but then it’s firm. The burn is sharp and slow, that’s how I like it. The cigar is flavorful and medium plus bodied. I enjoyed this cigar two hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would. I even used my nub tool for the first time in a long while.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 7
Draw: 8 (6 before 9 after draw tool use)
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 9

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Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Drac

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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The second cigar from the sampler is the Pudgy Monster Drac, a 5×52 torpedo with a shiny dark wrapper. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco topped with an Ecuadorean Habano Maduro wrapper. The aroma reminds me of a barnyard and the construction feels great. The cold draw is great and a bit peppery.
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First flavor I taste is coffee with pepper. It changes to wood with a little sweetness and a little red pepper on my tongue.
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Halfway I taste wood, the sweetness is gone and the pepper changed into white pepper.
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The smoke is white, thick and plentiful. The draw is great, not too tight and not too loose. The ash is nice silver gray and firm. The burn was a tiny bit crooked at the start but corrected itself. The cigar isn’t very dynamic but still flavorful and the smoke time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, if that was possible.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Frank

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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The box pressed pudgy Frank measures 5⅝x49. The cigar is quite dark with a beautiful triple cap and the recognizable Tatuaje band in green & black. The wrapper feels silky and the cigar has a pretty strong  barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the cold draw is great. I taste dry tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste coffee with pepper. Soon after the coffee is gone and I taste toast, wood and some herbs. After an inch the wood is gone and I taste some sweetness instead.
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After a third i also taste a little mint, which makes the cigar taste a little fresh on a bed of toast and herbs with spice in the back of my throat. After two thirds I taste more pepper with wood and herbs. The pepper grows toward the end.
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The smoke is thick and white. The ash is white, firm and dense. The burn is sharp. This cigar is medium full and full flavored. The smoke time is about 90 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I have another sampler in my possession.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Mini Mum

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I started a few weeks ago with the little monsters in chronological order, so now it’s time for the Mini mum, the last of the little monsters.
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As my followers know, I’m a fan of the thinner ring gauge, and this mini mum is right up my alley. A corona sized medium brown cigar with a simple gray and white band. The wrapper has a few thin veins and the cold draw is fine with a little minty flavor. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma.
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The flavors are full, fresh and spicy at the same time. Fresh as in mint like. The freshness disappears quickly. After half an inch the cigar gets a little more herbal.
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After a third I taste the herbs with a little bit of pepper, jalapeño. But there is also some sugar like sweetness with each draw. Halfway the pepper disappears, now I taste wood and herbs. Near the end I also taste licorice.
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The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is medium and the ash is a little flaky. Smoke is getting thicker halfway.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This is the best little monster. If it was for sale outside the sampler I would. I nubbed the cigar for an hour and a half

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Wolfie

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I started a few weeks ago with the little monsters in chronological order, so now it’s time for the Wolfie, cigar number 4.
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A pretty belicoso, with the well known, simple and thin Tatuaje band, with red letters this time. Construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. I cut it very small but the draw is still great. I taste raisin and tobacco.
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Coffee, that’s what I taste straight from the start. After a few puffs I also taste some dark chocolate. After an inch the cigar gets spicy and peppery. After a third it’s a mild bitter and red pepper flavor profile. It burns on my lips, but on the background I can taste some chocolate again. The last part is just mean and bitter.
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The smoke isn’t very thick or plentiful but it’s not thin either, nice medium medium. The ash is dense and light gray. The draw is fantastic, the burn is even. The cigar is full bodied and medium flavored. Smoking time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this little monster isn’t as good as the real deal.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 5

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