Tatuaje Tattoo

Tatuaje Tattoo

That’s kind of the reaction that the Tatuaje Tattoo ended up generating after smoking a few of them.

Limited releases love them or hate them, are part of the cigar world, and it seems like with each one that comes out, the specialness of the term gets more and more diluted.

Case in point the Tatuaje Tattoo, released in mid March initially through Gloucster St. Cigars in Boston and Federal Cigar in New Hampshire. The cigar was released with almost no pre hype and was announced via Gloucster’s twitter feed.

The backstory of this cigar is where things get interesting Tatuaje is involved in a bit of a legal skirmish with Cuban Crafters over usage of the word “tattoo.” Nicaraguan Imports, the company behind Cuban Crafters, attempted to register the name “tattoo” for use in cigar related items. Since “tatuaje” is Spanish word for tattoo, this raised an objection from Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje.

The initial buzz was the the cigar would be limited to a production of just 5100, with the previously mentioned two stores getting the bulk of them, with the top 15 or so Tatuaje accounts getting the remainder. Saying that the boxes weren’t all ready, Johnson released the cigars in bundles of 15 with a price tag of $149.99, or $10 per stick, before taxes.

Luckily, a few cigars made their way to Phoenix, where a few were picked up and three were smoked for this review.

A box pressed lancero, the Tatuaje Tattoo measures 7.5″ x 38, with the box press seeming to give it a bit more heft than a typical lancero. The wrapper is a Habano Rosado Oscuro, while the binder and filler are Nicaraguan.

While the wrapper has a nice color, the black spots are a bit off putting. While the pre light aroma is rich and shows notes of tobacco complimented by cocoa powder, chocolate and meat. The cold draw is easy, though it doesn’t have much on it. The third cigar smoked for this review was also much squishier than its counterparts while the first two were just right, the third was pillowy and reminiscent of the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary.

Once lit, the after taste of the smoke has more complexity than the initial blast, which lacks any real notes. The third cigar presented a dry, powdery sensation on the tongue, almost to the point of being chalky.

After that, though, the cigar turned bland not harsh, not spicy, not peppery, not sweet nothing. Looking over the notes from each of these cigars proved equally futile there was simply nothing worth noting. To that effect, very few photos were taken of the cigar no puff stood out enough to really capture the attention and snap a picture of the cigar in progress.

The only thing that got written down after the first half inch or so was that a bit of harshness crept into the equation in the final puffs of the cigar, though nothing terribly off putting.

After the first cigar, the Tatuaje Tattoo was utterly unimpressive, and the second and third did nothing to change that opinion.

If there is something that this cigar is a good reminder of, it’s that limited edition cigars aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. While there’s nothing outright wrong with this cigar, there’s certainly no reason to feel bad if you can’t get your hands on it. There are plenty of other cigars readily available in your local tobacconist’s humidors including plenty from Tatuaje that would be worth reaching for well ahead of the Tattoo.

Hopefully, the next release in this line will leave a better impression than this one did when a retailer calls up wanting to show it off.

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