Vitola: Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Estelí
Tatuaje is a well-respected premium producer owned by Pete Johnson and manufactured by José Garcia of My Father. Their profile has risen in the cigar-smoking community to be become of the most highly sought after producers, rumored to have surpassed longtime industry leader Arturo Fuente and known for their ‘Cuban-esque’ style. Tatuaje means tattoo, referencing Pete Johnson’s tattoos and is pronounced something like tat-too-ah-hey, just in case you are wondering. Here is a link to native Spanish speakers pronouncing the word better than I ever could: tatuaje
Prelight aroma is sweet and quite floral. Yum.
Look is fine, not super pretty, with toothy wrapper, closed foot and ‘nipple’ cap.
I like much of the Tatuaje line. This is the 2013 reissue of the famed Tatuaje Black jar. Story goes, Pete Johnson was handed a unmarked cigar on a beach in Cuba and sought to recreate those flavors in the original release.
I notice a strong taste of leather and spice/pepper, with some chocolate. Maybe some fruit undertones. Spice hit early and reoccurs throughout the stick. Smoke is thick, full and white.
Not sure if it lives up to the reputation of the original, since I never had the opportunity to try it. How does it compare to other Tatuaje offerings? Not sure… I might go so far as to say I like the Black lancero equally (although I do love lanceros generally). I will add to this review after trying some other samples currently resting in the humidor, including another Black Corona.