Cigar Review: Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release)

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release)

Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release)

Size: Box Pressed Robusto (5×52)

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: $8 msrp

Grade: 9.0

So walking into the Cigar shop today was a pleasant surprise.  I was welcomed by the sweet aroma of cocoa powder.  It was almost as if someone grabbed a tin of Nesquick and put it in the a/c vents.  Obviously I was curious and then I saw it, the bundle pack of Tatuaje Mexican Experiment cigars I had heard about.   After confirming with one of the employees that that was the aroma I was smelled when I walked in, I quickly grabbed one to smoke on the spot and another to bring home for this review.

The Tatuaje Mexican Experiment is a highly limited release.   My understanding is that 300 bundles of 15 cigars, all box pressed Robustos, were released exclusively to shops in the Southeast.

Produced at the My Father factory in Nicaraga for Havana Cellars, the Tatuaje Mexican Experiment features a Nicaraguan binder and fillers with a Mexican San Andres wrapper

Fitting in the midst of a Tatuaje heavy review week I to review a new, highly limited, release.  (Yup, that’s a teaser, we have more Tatuaje reviews in the works!)

But enough about that, how’s it smoke?

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The Tatuaje Mexican Experiment features a dark maduro Mexican San Andres wrapper that has just a few veins and is very smooth to the touch.    The box pressed robusto has the signature triple cap the Don Pepin and My Father are known for, The cigar has a firm box press, is firm to the touch with no soft spots.  The band is typical of a Tatuaje limited release with red and green trim and the words “Tatuaje Limited” along with Havana cellars logo.  The scent off the foot is that of sweet hay and barnyard with just a hint of cocoa.  Pre-light draw is hay with a rich grassy note.

Burn:  (1.7)  I cut both of the Tatuaje ME’s with simple “V” cuts.  I was rewarded with a fantastic open draw that had just the right amount of resistance.  The smke is plentiful and gives off a very distinct lingering aroma with hints of cocoa just like I smelled at the shop.  The ash held through the first inch with salt and pepper colored layers.  The knock on the burn was that both samples I had didn’t burn evenly and had to be touched up.  the second one even more so than t he first.  This didn’t effect the smoking experience but it did catch my eye to the point that it needed to be addressed.

Flavor:  (2.7)  The fist few puffs give off an under coat of mild peppery spice, much more subdued that the typical Tatuaje or My Father produced cigar as well as a nice charred oak in the first few puffs with just a complimentary hint of cocoa powder.  After a few puffs the cocoa taste really opened up and was there to stay as the most dominant flavor.

Going through the second third the smoke really thickens up and gets almost bready, the cocoa note is still at the forefront.  The flavors are very creamy and the finish is a mix of cocoa with just enough mild pepper zing to let you know it’s there.

Through the last third it’s still a rich creamy cocoa with just a zing of pepper on the finish.  The ME, while not offering the most complex flavor bouquet, does deliver nice, rich, enjoyable notes that don’t quit.  The body never ramped up past medium.

Overall: (2.7)  The Tatuaje ME is not the most complex or nuanced of Pete Johnson’s blends, it also may be one of the most mild that I have smoked with the body never getting beyond the lower range of medium.  That said, the Tatuaje ME terrific deliver flavor and aroma .  The smoke was rich and creamy with tons of cocoa and just enough pepper to give it some depth.  I’m a fan of cigars that offer a rich profile with cocoa notes, if you are too then definitely try and get these if you can.

Total: 9.0