Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tatuaje Drinking Age Review

Tatuaje (21) "Drinking Age"
Exclusively made for Anthony's Cigar Emporium
Wrapper: Sun Grown Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 5 1/2 x 54
Vitola: Robusto Grande
Factory: My Father

One thing I love about Tatuaje is their exclusive series! These always seem to come out to be fantastic smokes. This is the latest of the Tat Exclusives made for Anthony's Cigar Emporium. It has been dubbed the "Drinking Age" which is in respect to the 21st anniversary of A.C.E. The cigar is a very handsome cigar wrapped with a brownish red Sun Grown Criollo. The SGC is also used on the Tat Black lines, however, this one has more of a red hue than any black label I have smoked. It is triple capped with a small pigtail and bears the red, white, and blue, label with the big gold medallion that has become infamous with the majority of the exclusives Tatuaje puts out! This is also one of my favorite bands to collect due to the uniformity among them, however still all being different with the inner seal of each shop. The stick measures 5 1/2 x 54, which is usually measurements reserved for a belicoso vitola, however this is a parejo, and is being dubbed a "robusto grande." This seems to be the trendy vitola this year as you will see with a few other big name annual releases!  

The first third of this beauty burned great producing nice thick clouds of sweet smoke. It opened up with notes of woodsy spice and black pepper leading the way. The stick lingers around the medium strength and body range. The ash held on for about 2-3 in segments before dropping and there was a nice tingle of black pepper on the retrohale.

The cigar transitions a bit to more of the traditional flavors of rich tobacco and cocoa undertones with almost like a liquid smoke flavor in the background towards the middle of the smoke. Burn and structure are all still great through this point.

No big surprises or fireworks at the end of this stick. The flavors stayed pretty consistent with the addition of a slight citrus note that faded in and out in the back third. The cocoa also gave way to the peppery notes from earlier in the stick. WHat I really loved about this smoke personally was the nice "smoked meat" flavored sweetness on the back of the palate and retrohale. I was really expecting to get more similarities to the Black Label series, however, this stick reminded me more of a young Barclay Rex. I don't mean like smoking a Brex today but more like what they tasted like 3-4 years ago.  I would definitely recommend scooping up a box at A.C.E. before it is too late. I am off to get another box of them as we speak!

JAGG Score: 92

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