Havana Cazadores (Lonsdale), 6.375 x 43
|Cigar age||1 yr. 10.4 mo.|
BACKGROUND: The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary cigar was launched in 2013 to celebrate a decade of Tatuaje—as well as 10 years of partnership between Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson and José Pepín García.
I remember when the Tatuaje brand first burst onto the cigar scene. It was 2003 and I was still a year away from starting up Stogie Fresh. The excitement that grew up around the brand reached a crescendo when the Tatuaje Brown Label Taino was selected one of the top brands of the year in 2005.
Johnson's Tatuaje brand was Garcia's first "client" in a partnership that has spanned over a decade and that has spawned a mountain of top cigar lines and is most likely nowhere near its zenith. The business relationship has grown into a true friendship and into something more akin to a family.
As a part of Tatuaje’s 10th Anniversary, Johnson released three new cigars based on the Tatuaje Brown Label blend. The cigars were all banded with a special commemorative Tatuaje 10th Anniversary band and are produced at the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The 10th anniversary comes packaged in boxes of 20 and run $10 per cigar.
TASTING NOTES: First of all I want to mention that Tatuaje most often puts box dates on the bottom of their cigar boxes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, props to Pete Johnson and Tatuaje for their regular practice of putting box packaging dates, which gives all of us who care about aging cigars a better starting point for assessing the age of a cigar.
Now for the tasting notes… This cigar presented with Cedar wood, oak wood, and a nice sweetness on the palate. Sticking my nose inside the box produced great barnyard notes, which were exhibited in the flavor as sweet, earthy, robust flavors and humid warm spice.
The draw, burn and construction were great. Not a single problem with the performance of these sticks.
FINAL THOUGHTS: During the second half the cigar ramped up in intensity. Pretty much the same flavor profile, but with more punch. The flavors seemed weightier and had a greater impact on the palate; I'd say this cigar was medium-full in body and strength and full in flavor.
Because these are wet-packed, I think they will age very slowly and will be a collectible cigar. At $8-$10 per stick I think the price is commensurate with the overall value of the stick. This is a great tasting stick (though that is always subjective) and a great performing stick, as well.
Final verdict: Buy a bunch and be sure to hold some back for future aging.
These cigars are being kept in their original box inside my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The cigars do not have cellophane sleeves but they are packaged in a "wet pack," which is a gold aluminum foil pack lined with paper. This allows only minimal airflow into the cigars and allows the cigars to age very slowly.
This is the first of two review of these sticks, which have been aging for 1 year, 10 months and 7 days.
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