Posts Tagged With: Pete Johnson

Tatuaje Little Monsters Baby Face

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 last week with the little monsters in chronological order, so cigar three is the baby face.
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This petit robusto stands out because of the band, or lack of band as you can see. The band is a piece of light colored tobacco that stands out to the dark wrapper. The foot is closed. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell, best smelling little monster so far. The cold draw is good and a little spicy.
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A little bit of red pepper and dry leaves, this cigar tastes like autumn. I also taste spices, but all remind me of autumn. After half an inch there is also a caramel like sweetness.
After a third it’s still spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, still very autumn that fits the weather today. There’s also a little black pepper on the background with some lemon sest.
The caramel changes to refined sugar but very mild. The rest of the flavor remain the same.
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The smoke is medium full and the silver gray ash is a bit flaky. The draw is flawless. The ash is firm. The smoke time of this short cigar was about 45 minutes,
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Would I buy this cigar again? The little monsters are getting better, can’t wait for the next one.

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

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Tatuaje Little Monster Lil Drac

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 last week with the little monsters in chronological order, so after last weeks the Frank Jr. it is now time for Lil Drac.
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The lil Drac is a small belicoso, medium dark mild shiny wrapper with a few thin veins. The black and red band might be the one I like most from the monster series. Beautiful triple cap but I feel a few weak spots in the construction. The cold draw is perfect, I taste dry tobacco with a mild minty flavor.
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At the start I get a dry tobacco flavor with some mint, just like in the cold draw.  The mint disappears quickly and I taste dry flavors as in dry hay, grass and tobacco.
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After a third it’s still a mixture of dry flavors but with some warm spices. The last third starts warn and mild bitter but not in a bad way. The bitterness disappears and I taste nutmeg.
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I get a medium amount of smoke, medium to full, light colored. The ash is bright white. The burn is a bit crooked. The draw is flawless. The cigar lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked this better than the Frank Jr.

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

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Frank Jr.

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’m starting with the little monsters in chronological order so today it’s the Frank Jr.
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A nice dark corona with some tooth and veins, without a band it could easily been mistaken for a Padron stick. Construction feels good and I smell a little bit of hay. The pre draw is fine with a little harsh taste of good tobacco. Time to grab my trusted Ronson varaflame from the late 60’s and light this puppy up.First flavored are sharp, herbal with the bitterness of dark chocolate but without the chocolate flavor and a bit soapy. This is nothing like I remember from the original Frank. The soapy flavor is dominant with some herbal and peppery flavors on the background.
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After a third the soap turns into spicy green herbs and mint, an improvement. The red pepper grows too, I can taste it on the tip of my tongue. In the aftertaste there is a mild dark chocolate taste. The cigar is very enjoyable now.

Halfway the pepper changes from red to wblack and the chocolate gets a bit stronger. Unfortunately there is a little hint of that soapy flavor on the background again. Near the end the cigar gets bitter.
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The draw is great and from the first moment I get a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is dark and flaky. It also breaks easily . The burn is straight, no complaints here. The smoke time was an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. Even if it was possible still no because of the soapy flavor.

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

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Tatuaje La Mission

I admit it, I’m a Tatuaje and L’Atelier fan, so I was very happy when Pete Johnson handed me this La Mission robusto when I met him at intertabac again.
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The cigar looks great, dark and evil with a nice pigtail and a beautiful detailed band. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is good, not much flavor though.
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I taste a unusual but pleasant nutmeg, cinnamon, spice mixture with some acidity and sweetness, I can’t describe it differently. After a few puffs there is also a pleasant bitterness. Not too exiting though, after almost an inch I taste the same.
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After a third the bitterness is the main flavor, like really dark chocolate. I also get some pepper, this is a very nice combination. Unfortunately halfway a burnt flavor joins the party as an uninvited guest. Slowly the pepper gains strength, the burnt flavor is gone. After two thirds I taste wood, pepper and some citrus, the pepper is the biggest flavor.
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke which is medium thick. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The draw is flawless. This medium to full bodied and full flavored cigar lasted me an hour and thirty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I’ll stick with a Bon chausseur and once a year the tatuaje rc233

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

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Tatuaje verocu #5

The Tatuaje Verocu #5 is a petit corona, 4×40, that is sold in boxes of 50 without any bands. The nickname of this cigar is the ‘Havana VI on steroids’ as it is a bit stronger due to the use of some extra ligero in the Tatuaje Havana VI blend. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made by My Father in their Nicaraguan factory.
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The wrapper is quite dark and oily. I see a few veins. The construction is fine. The predraw is fine too and I taste musty tobacco. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell.
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I taste sweet coffee, very nice, dry and a bit musty but not Connecticut shade musty, this is pleasant musty. After half an inch I taste sweet coffee with cinnamon and some herbs. I taste pepper in the aftertaste.
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The sweetness fades away and is replaced by some nutmeg near the halfway point of the cigar. I taste herbs, cinnamon and nutmeg. I realize that the pepper disappeared too. After two thirds I taste more cinnamon and nutmeg, I taste fresh herbs in the aftertaste and by fresh I mean minty.
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This small cigar lasted me for forty five minutes. The draw was great. The pepper and salt ash is firm. The smoke is medium, both in volume as in thickness. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I would like a box

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje RC184

A year and a half ago I smoked the Tatuaje RC233. I bought that cigar at the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami and was told that the cigars were rolled by Don Pepin Garcia himself, like all RC cigars. The cigars are half wrapped in silver foil, like in the old days. RC stands for Retro Cubano. The 184 comes from the length of the cigar in millimeters and the cigar is shaped like a large perfecto.
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The cigar looks great, the shape is fantastic just like the packing. The chocolate brown and oily wrapper has a few veins. The predraw is great, which means the construction is great too. I taste some spiciness with some pepper on the tongue.
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I taste a spicy and peppery wood with some earthy notes and a very mild citrus. The citrus slowly grows in strength with a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I still taste some citrus with some wood and herbs. The flavors are very nice, full but smooth.
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After a third I taste a lot of wood, full but smooth with some spice and some citrus. After two thirds I get herbs as the main flavor with some pepper, nutmeg and citrus as supporting flavors. The cigar gets spicy, the expected Don Pepin signature.
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I did exactly two hours with this cigar. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I expected a huge flame at the purge, but the cigar burns clean as I only got a small flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like these almost as much as the RC233

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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La Casita Criolla HCBF

The La Casita Criolla is a Pete Johnson invention and made from Connecticut broadleaf only. The cigars are rolled at the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The HCBF is the largest from the three sizes in the line with a 6½x48 size, which makes it a short churchill according to New Havana cigars. The cigar has a € 6.50 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The wrapper is dark and oily with a few thin veins. The band is small and different. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. The cigar has a smell that reminded me of wood and hay. The cigar is difficult to punch due to the thickness of the wrapper.
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I taste herbs with some sweetness and after half an inch something fresh too with a little bit of chocolate. After an inch I taste pepper with herbs. The aftertaste is spicy. There is some chocolate in the aftertaste too. After a third the chocolate gets stronger with herbs on the background.
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Halfway I taste green herbs with some sweetness and chocolate. After two thirds the cigar gets more spicy.
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This cigar lasted me and hour and a half. The draw is great but the smoke is thin in the beginning. The burn is great. The light colored ash is compact and medium firm. The cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like this cigar

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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La Casita Criolla HCB

La Casita Criolla is one of the latest inventions by Pete Johnson and like all of his other cigars the production is done by the Garcias at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The thing that makes this La Casita Criolla different than any other cigar is that not only the wrapper is broadleaf Connecticut but also the binder and the filler. Not all broadleaf Connecticut can be used as wrapper and Pete decided to use those leaves as binder and filler. The La Casita Criolla HCB has a € 5.50 price tag in The Netherlands.
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The HCB is the smallest of the three vitolas with a 5⅛x42 size. The cigar doesn’t look too good with a couple of thick veins on the shiny wrapper. I smell a mild but intense barnyard smell. The construction feels a bit soft and the predraw is a bit easy. I taste raisin and tobacco. The band is very small.
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I taste pepper and herbs with some coffee and some spiced cake. I also get a bit of chocolate but the pepper is the main flavor. After half an inch I taste cacao with herbs, the combination is beautiful, spicy with a bite. There is a spicy acidic flavor in the aftertaste. After a third the cigar is quite spicy and peppery.
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Halfway the cigar tastes nice, the harsh spiciness has disappeared, I taste wood with herbs and a peppery aftertaste. After two thirds I taste mild herbs. The pepper has gone but slowly returns to the scene. The cigar gets spicy again with an overpowering pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for only fifty minutes. The draw was on the easy side but I got an incredible amount of smoke. The ash is gray, coarse and reasonably firm. The burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this cigar is something special, it has a different flavor profile than most other cigars.

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

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Fausto F127

The Tatuaje Fausto is the full line Tatuaje released of the infamous T110 blend created for a shop in Honolulu. The feedback on the T110 was so good Pete Johnson decided to use the blend for the Fausto series of cigars. I smoked and loved both the T110 and the Fausto Avion 11, so I had high hopes for the 5×54 Fausto F127. This cigar just became available on the Dutch market and has a price tag of 7 euro.
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The wrapper is dark, dry and tough with a simple band. I smell a wet barnyard and feel a well constructed cigar with a bit of a tight predraw. I taste a lot of pepper.
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I taste a mild sweetness, lots of pepper and some wood. The pepper makes my tongue tingle. Far far away I taste some chocolate. After half an inch I taste wood with coffee and herbs. I can also taste something mild sweet on the background. The flavors are a bit sticky and I taste some thick chocolate. After a third I taste peppery chocolate with some wood on the background.
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Halfway I taste wood with a bit of cinnamon and the cigar is mild spicy. The cinnamon is replaced by nutmeg with a peppery aftertaste. After almost two thirds I taste zweet wood with some nutmeg in the aftertaste and on the background nutmeg and pepper. The cigar gets a freshness too, a herbal freshness. The sugar sweetness gets a bit stronger just like the pepper. The pepper starts to overpower the other flavors and burns a bit on my lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw is good, just like the amount and the thickness of the smoke. The light colored ash is compact and firm, the burn is good. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I’ll take the Avion 11 instead

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Fausto avion 11

I think it is two years ago when Pete Johnson released the Tatuaje T110, a 5×50 robusto that was exclusively sold at one shop on Honolulu. I was fortunate enough to get one of the only 400 boxes. The feedback was so positive that Pete decided to release a whole series of the blend under the name Fausto, and to release a limited single size each year under the name Avion. This is the first Avion, the Avion 11. This 6¾x48/52 perfecto grande has a price tag of € 9,50 in The Netherlands and will only be temporarily available here.
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The band is awesome and it fits the fantastic perfecto shape of the cigar, which is box pressed with a fantastic smooth and silky dark wrapper that only has a few minor and thin veins. I smell a horse stable and the construction feels great. The predraw is smooth and fine and I taste tobacco with a peppery aftertaste.
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I taste red pepper which makes my tongue tingle. After half an inch the pepper fades away a bit and I taste pepper, wood and some sweetness. The sweetness slowly gets stronger and much to my surprise the flavors are getting smooth and subtle, I never expected that after the strong start. Smooth and subtle with cedar, sweetness, a hint of nuts and pepper. After a third I taste cedar and sweetness, I still taste a mild pepper in the aftertaste. Slowly I also taste some herbs like parsley.
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Halfway I taste sweet cedar and peppery herbs. The cedar is the strongest flavor I taste. Soon after a mild bitter flavor which is very pleasant shows up too. The herbs are slowly gaining strength while the sweetness disappears. After two thirds I taste a mild minty flavor with the herbs. The aftertaste is peppery which tingles on my lips.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw is great and I got a lot of smoke. I had to correct the burn several times though in the beginning. The ash starts out dark but turns lighter and it is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah, in my book this cigar can compete with the Liga Privada #9 and even a Padron 1926

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

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