The Tatuaje Havana VI is another of the many cigars that are blended by Don Pepin Garcia and manufactured in his Tabacalera Cubana factory in Nicaragua. These cigars are blended in collaboration with Pete Johnson and for Pete’s Tatuaje brand.
When I opened up the box to extract a sample, I was met with some wonderful aromas of barnyard and alfalfa. There was no ammonia to spoil the moment, just some lovely aromas of earth and even a touch of roasted nuts.
One of the things I have noticed in the first three reviews is that this cigar starts out with a blast of spicy sweetness, however this time the effect was somewhat muted. I think I like that, because the smoke seems a bit more balanced rather than starting out gangbusters and then mellowing. I really enjoyed the first 1/4 of the cigar. There was spice and sweetness, but not over the top. There was also a tangy sensation on the retrohale that was really appealing.
Another thing that I’ve noticed with this batch of cigars is that the burn has been from mediocre to good, depending on the cigar. This time the cigar burned and drew perfectly until about the 1/3 mark, at which time it started to draw hollow. Sure enough, there was a tunnel that developed. I don’t like the sensation of having to draw hard or more often to keep the cigar lit, and yet that is exactly what happens when you get a decent sized tunnel. It’s a non-productive draw that makes one focus too much on having to draw more to get ample amounts of smoke through the cigar.
The middle of the smoke displayed notes of wood and tobacco and finished with some nice sweetness.
With two years of age, the cigar has settled in to a solid medium bodied smoke with medium to full flavor. My overall impression is that this is a solid cigar, with good flavor and a decent price point. You should be able to pick these up at around $5 per stick, or sometimes less. That makes these a good value in Tatuaje branded cigars and about $2 less than the brown label Tats.
As for aging potential I give this cigar an AGING POTENTIAL SCORE of C = this cigar may age beneficially for the first two years, but we recommend smoking within the first two years.
This is the fourth and final review in this cycle of reviews on the Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas. As of this, the final review, these cigars have been resting comfortably for just over 22 months in my humidor, and it has been just under 2 years since they were placed into their box at the factory in Nicaragua.
These cigars have been resting in their original cedar cabinet box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The RH is set at 69% and the temperature over the last 6 months has been pretty warm, varying between 69-76 degrees F.
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