The Tattoo Tattoo, er excuse me, the Tatuaje Tattoo was released in spring, 2014 and is a new line from Tatuaje owner, Pete Johnson. This new release should not be confused with the 2011 release by the same name, using a completely different blend. For the new Tattoo, Tatuaje aims to create an affordable cigar with a more premium smoking experience.
Tatuaje Tattoo has an attractive appearance, using a red band with a gold trim. It has a circle band with the Tatuaje Tattoo stamp in black in the background and the word “Tattoo” in white in front of it. Against the dark, coffee colored Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the band pops and really draws your attention.
Tatuaje Tattoo Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Undisclosed
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: Tabacalera Cubana S.A. (Garcia family – Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 5″ x 50 Caballero (robusto)
- Price: $5
Pre-light draw is minty sweet, like peppermint candies. The foot smells of sweet cocoa and hay. Toasting produces an aroma like summer night barbecues and distant campfires. First draw has the classic blast of pepper you’d expect from a Tatuaje cigar. There are some sweet notes in the background, but they are so secluded, I can’t distinguish them yet.
I’m about an inch in and pepper is still the predominant flavor with that sweetness still lingering in the background. Not a lot of complexity to the Tattoo yet, but it is a nice medium body and it goes great with my coffee. So far the burn is great – it worried me at first, but then seemed to course correct itself and is now a semi-straight line.
About halfway through the second third, there is a slight harshness. I find it is because I’m mindlessly plugging away on it, trying to decipher the sweet flavor I am getting. DO NOT rush this cigar! It is a bit temperamental. It takes a few longer breaks in between puffs to cool back down. Flavors are still the same. No changing notes, and the sweetness I spoke of is still in the background. I’m starting to pin it down, but really cannot find a flavor to compare it to. I guess a sugary coffee, but coffee is not a dominant flavor in this cigar. Trust me, I drink a lot of coffee!
Coming into the final third and this cigar has some life in it yet! Finally, a new flavor pops up, a meatiness like the taste of steak grilling. Let me try to explain. Pretend you are standing over a hot grill, with a juicy seasoned steak in your hand. Now place the steak on the grill and open your mouth to inhale the aroma as the meat sears. That is the flavor I am getting now. The strength is definitely more medium-full than medium now as well. This cigar’s shining moments are in its last efforts. But it is too little too late and then it’s done. Right at the band, the flavors give out.
Would I smoke it again?
Maybe but probably not. I’d rather fork over two more bucks to get a more enjoyable cigar.
- Great price point
- Nice sweetness throughout
- Lacks complexity
- Extremely temperamental
- Harsh favors