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Pete Johnson creator of the Tatuaje brand  was one of the  first boutique brands that made it on the national scene . His brands and presence have proven to be a great addition to the overall cigar  market for many years.

I am not going to say that I smoke many of his products but was given a 5 pack of the brown label blend as a gift last fall. About time I did a review of Tatuaje. As always I make it a point to give an impartial view and if you are interested on my take , try the brand yourself.

Brand/Name of Cigar: Tatuaje Brown Label/Petit Cazadores Reserva

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Size: 4 x 40

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Petit Corona

Where and When Smoked: Los Angeles , Ca. 7/22/17

Appearance/Construction:

Rustic looking wrapper with several prominent veins present. Solid, firm to the touch somewhat oily too. The simple brown band with the fleur-de-lis accents was compatible with the cigar.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

Started off strong with a black pepper blast, spicy with a no holds barred impressive taste. This is a cigar that does not fool around. You better sit down for this smoke unless you want to get knocked off your feet. It was smooth as I continued to smoke with a hint of cherries and hazelnuts. Powerful but not unpleasant.

Smoking Characteristics:

It burned rather quickly with one relight. Had a minor glitch near the end as it burned somewhat uneven. Had a good-looking medium grey ash. Never wavered from its overall power.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

This brand has been around for a spell now and it’s true to its flavor profile. Strong throughout the 50 minutes it took to finish. It’s a very good smoke if you like a very chewy cigar. You cannot be shy when smoking it.

Final Thoughts and the numbers:

You will like this cigar if you enjoy powerful blends, the cigar lasted less than one hour but you will not feel cheated. You need this smoke in your humidor.

Appearance/Construction: 3.5 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5 

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.8 out of 5

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing pole Cigars

Cigar review: Don Jorge Cigars

Brand/Name of Cigar; Don Jorge/ Habano Barberpole

Country of Origin: Combined Domican Republic and Nicaragua

Wrapper: Maduro/Habano combined

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Toro

Where and when smoked: Los Angeles , Ca. 6/18/17

Appearance/Construction:

Contrasting barber pole wrapper with a dry feel, no oil present.  Earthy looking which indicates to me a limited production run. It does not give the appearance of being cranked out by the thousands each day. Carefully constructed with an eye to a solid smoke.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma:

A smooth and nutty blend with a hint of caramel that sweetens the cigar. It is smooth, no bitter taste or harshness. Creamy, very flavor oriented with a subtle taste of fruit too.

Smoking characteristics:

There is a slight unraveling of the cigar during the second third but not a big deal. It stays lit throughout the entire length with a light grey ash flowing very nicely. Burned evenly for the most part and lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is a cigar not to be rushed.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

A dynamo of a cigar  which spotlights the unique skills of Jorge Nicholls. At the unheard of being a reasonable priced cigar, my thought is to buy hundreds of these.

Final Thoughts and the numbers:

Appearance/Construction: 3.5 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 4 out 5.

It is very hard to believe there are cigars of this quality at the unheard prices . This cigar is of top-tier quality.  I gave some of my cigar buddies the different blends to try for themselves and report back to me. Give them a try and enjoy.

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, The Urban Fishing Pole Cigars.

Second Time Around

After the wonderful time I had with the Brick House Churchill , I had high expectations for the Brick House Maduro Robusto. I received this smoke gratis from a smoking comrade who recently bought a box of these smokes.

Brand/ Name of Cigar: Brick house Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Size: 5 X 54

Wrapper: Brazilian Ampiraca

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Shape: Robusto

Where and When smoked: Los Angeles , Ca. 5.7.17

Appearance/ Construction:

The appearance is classic Maduro with a no-nonsense wrapper but somewhat coarse looking.  It is well constructed with no apparent soft  or hard spots.  Not particularly oily to the touch . The two bands make a nice pairing to the wrapper.

Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:

A spicy start with a mix of pepper, nuts and slight chocolate. It’s a medium blend but not overly complex. Lets see how the smoke develops in the second third.

Smoking Characteristics: 

Good burn factor , very even with no issues or construction concerns. It smoked true with a grey ash.

Conclusion/Overall Impression:

Maduro cigars are becoming more of my cigar routine. The flavor might have certain similarities but the concept for me is each smoke should be noted for a distinct profile.

I would not consider this cigar a bad cigar but the second and third section left a bitter taste on my palate. This knocked down the smoke down a couple of pegs. It was a middle of the  pack type of cigar. If you want a real pleasing blend this was not it.  OK is I  would call it.

Final Thoughts:

Appearance/ Construction: 3.8 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 3 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 3.5 out of 5

Conclusion/Overall Impression: 3.2 out 5

If someone handed you this cigar  it would be smoked and  then probably thank them. Might try it again.

*Credit: Frank Gerechter, Urban Fishing Pole Cigars

La Gloria Cubana Launches Serie R Esteli Maduro

La Gloria Cubana is launching two new lines, one created solely for sale at brick and mortar cigar shops and the other developed for internet and catalog retailers.

Serie R Esteli made Cigar Aficionado’s list of the Top 25 Cigar of 2014. With a 91 rating, the magazine called the line “one of the best La Glorias in years.”  This outstanding collection is now being extended to include a new Maduro offering created exclusively for brick and mortar retailers. Made with the same Nicaraguan-forward blend that won the brand critical acclaim, the new expression is wrapped in rich Connecticut Broadleaf to deliver a cigar that’s medium in strength, deep in sweetness and brimming with leather notes and spice.

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With large ring vitolas, deep, rich flavor and a bold Nicaraguan blend, La Gloria Cubana `debuted Serie R Black as an unbeatable addition to the Serie R line. The trend continues with the addition of La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro. This deep and full-bodied smoke delivers a powerhouse of flavor, filled with pepper, earth and coffee notes and the slightly sweet, creamy taste that can only be found with an aged Maduro wrapper.  With an SRP of less than $8, Serie R Black Maduro has all the makings of a top-selling new smoke for cigar lovers who demand Nicaraguan flavor at an accessible price.

*Credit: Written by BigO from Cigar Weekly.