Tatuaje Tattoo 2014

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Nicaraguan
Caballero: 5 x 52
Price: $5.00

This cigar was assessed in depth on Cigar Coop.

Pete Johnson has brought back that Tattoo line, but this line will differ greatly from the limited edition box-pressed lancero released in 2011. It will be released in four vitolas. The first vitola is called the “Caballero” and the other three will follow at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. The Tattoo 2014 line will be made by My Father Cigars but at their alternate factory Tabacalera Cubana (TACUBA) The big sale point will be the $5.00 price point of the Caballero.

Two words come to mind here “exceptional value”. This is one of the best $5.00 cigars I have ever smoked. It delivers notes of mocha, pepper and herbal spice, earth, and a slight citrus note. The final stages of this smoke have a spicy kick to it, but no harshness. The flavors start out medium to full-bodied but progress to full-bodied by the second third. This is countered by medium to full strength.

Construction was outstanding. No burn or draw issues. The draw I describe as “open”, but not loose.

While this is sold in boxes of 50, I’ve seen plenty of places offer them in singles, fivers, ten packs, and 20 count offerings. It easily is worth a box in those smaller offerings.