Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Generosity at its finest!

So, I was on BOTL complaining a bit about my brand new Don Salvatore humidor having issues....many issues, the most important of which involved mold during the seasoning process: Twice.  I had given up on it, and indicated such in the thread, when a complete stranger (yet a "brother" of the leaf) said he was sending me a 150 ct. humidor.  Wow, I thought..  how nice that someone read about my miseries, and wants to donate an old humidor that he is no longer using.

A week later, the following arrived at my office:
  • The humidor itself - a beautiful limited edition CAO painted box which has both top and front-opening doors
  • a hard cover book about cigars
  • 5 Tatuaje cigars (Outlaw 2010, 7th Reserve, Havana VI Nobles, Havana VI Angeles, Miami Noellas)
  • Tatuaje patch, button, die cut sticker, and cigar cutter
  • Fuente lighter
  • Ring size chart
  • Shipping on this package was nearly fifty bucks
Needless to say, I am in awe.  Until he asked for my address, he never even knew my name.  It is people like this, that make me realize that there are still truly generous people out there.  Thank you, Justin!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tatuaje Regios (5-1/2 x 50)

Nice draw, some visible veins.  Overall enjoyable smoke.  Although it is advertised as a full-bodied smoke, I found it to be more on the medium side.  Decent burn line, nice woody flavors, although I had hoped for some more complexity.  These are just under $10 per stick.  I'd be more apt to smoke these in the regular rotation if they were priced a few bucks less.  There are other $10 smokes I would purchase first, but that's not to say that this isn't a quality smoke.  Another notch on the belt for Don Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson.  This one's a Nicaraguan puro, which for me, usually spells s-u-c-c-e-s-s.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tatuaje 7th Natural (46x5.625)

Paired with Boulevard's Bully! Porter.

Visible seams and 1 protruding vein on inspection.  The pre-light revealed an easy draw.  This cigar produced thick clouds of creamy smoke, with a pleasant coffee bean flavor.  I found it to be more on the mild-medium side with some complexity.  I also picked up notes of milk chocolate and almond. 

As I moved from the 2nd third to the final third, the strength increased, and pepper and black coffee appeared. 

With a nub left, the cigar went out.  I was enjoying it so much, that I had to relight it.  Also picked up some garlic powder, which is the only way I know to describe that particular flavor characteristic. 

3.75/5.00 stars
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