Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: HTown

by Nick Radke

Stogies H-Town 
by Tatuaje
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado
Binder: Nica
Filler: Nica
Size: 7 x 40
Vitola: Lancero
MSRP $10.00

In September 2015 Houston based Stogies World Class Cigars began selling the latest edition of their H-Town Lancero series from Tatuaje Cigars. The cigar was manufactured at My Fathers Cigars S. A. with a limited run of 500 boxes. Other cigars in this H-Town series include Fratello, La Palina, and the latest just announced, Crowned Heads. Enough jibber jabber, on to the review!

Prior to toasting and lighting, the cigar has an oily look yet a dry feel to the touch. The head has a pigtail cap. It has a smell of dried cocoa and nuts from the foot. After clipping it, the draw was not loose nor tight. Almost perfect draw prior to lighting.

Once lit the cigar has immediate smoke output. The aroma of cocoa and nuts continues through the first third. Construction has started out average, nothing spectacular but nothing to hinder the experience of the smoke so far. Pepper (slight) has started to become prevalent in the final bit of the first third as to not hinder the flavor profile. 

During the second third the Tatuaje H-Town really started to hit its stride. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, nuts and spice really started to pop. The flavor profile has a great balance and is keeping me very interested through the end. Construction is still in good shape, I intentionally knocked off the ash at each third as to not hinder the flavor profile. 

As I transition the smoke into the final third the spice/pepper flavor is really kicking it up but does not over power. I would not classify this as a "strong" cigar compared to the beast smokes that are on the market. Smoking into the last 2 inches the cigar has a slight softness to the touch. This has not taken away from the enjoyment of the cigar but does have me thinking that they still are in the aging process. If this cigar ages as well as some of the other offerings by Pete Johnson then look out.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Tatuaje H-Town cigar. Those who know me understand that I enjoy an occasional Tatuaje, but I typically do not enjoy the Lancero vitola in most cigars. If it wasn't for my SnS brother Richard Zaleski, who twisted my arm until I got some, I wouldn't have bought them. Lancero is just not my preference yet this cigar takes the cake. This is exactly what you would expect from a Tatuaje exclusive series release, great cigars that will age even better. I cannot wait to revisit this one in December and come back to this review and comment on how it has changed in 5 months from the release. In conclusion.......GET SOME!

Construction: 12/15
Smokeability: 29/30
Flavor: 41/45
Overall Impressions:10/10
Total 91

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