You’d think I’d come back with this blog and make a bang by reviewing something totally different, right? I suppose we at Pure Indulgence like to stick with the classics, and this cigar is no exception.
My Tatuaje Red Tubo sat in my humidor for almost three years before I decided it was time to just smoke it and only because I’d just edited all day. I thought initially the cigar would have lost some flavor the way the SW Reserva had (had one in my humidor for two years and it just…it was good but not great but that might have been my fault) but I was wrong.
Let’s start with the basics of the cigar. From the get go, construction is top notch. Pete Johnson knows his craft well. Upon lighting the cigar, I picked up instant notes suggesting the cigar still had life in it as hints of sweetness wafted over my senses.
Following said excellent construction is the perfect draw which brought notes of spice that mellowed into a sweetness throughout the cigar. At one point I thought of a sweet bread. I know, odd for a cigar right? But I know a guy who swore he tasted Frankincense in the regular Tatuaje Red Label. Also, I usually pick up notes of cardamom in the Red Label.
Second third of the cigar still burns well, draws well and lets that sweetness dance across the palate until it gives way to subtle notes of pepper and spice followed by a woodsy, almost leathery taste.
The finish ended with the sweetness returning ever so slightly but to be honest, I was more concerned for my fingers as I’d literally smoked the entire cigar down to the last half inch.
If Pete makes more of this blend ever, I’d highly suggest you pick it up and Indulge.
The shag foot cigar rolled by master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia for Pete Johnson starts out with spicy earth flavors that continue down the length of this well constructed puro. Flavors blended into light earth with a good mix coffee that reminded me of drinking a cup, rather than smoking it. The only other cigars that have captivated my palate so well are the Padron 1964 Anniversario and the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum.
The Tatuaje Black finished with an exquisite taste and easy draw that will leave you wanting more.
On June 16th the event at Grants kicked off with music, alcohol provided by Shakers Vodka and of course Pete Johnson himself, showing up to help work the register, talk to fans about his cigars and of course smoke. Pete’s an amazingly open man and a lot of fun to talk to about a TON of things.
Of course the Grants Burlesque Cigar Girls were on hand smoking in more than one way 😉
I picked up a four pack consisting of the la riqueza no 2, cabaiguan robusto, el triunfador and the Havana VI Nobles. I also scored a few petite tatuajes. Those little smokes are FULL of flavor (Thanks Reggie) for their size. I was also able to purchase one of the red tubed Tatuajes I’ve yet to smoke but had Pete sign.
As I said, the man is full of knowledge about the cigar industry. His journey into this world will be covered in a future interview on Pure Indulgence, complete with tasting notes about the Espirite de Verite(sp) I smoked the next day.
Owner Joe Barron kept it fresh with dope tunes he spun from his personal eclectic collection while the folks form SHakers poured martinis. I did a review here
I’m still waiting on a few pics from Mason 😛
There was a lot of fun had, the shop was packed and I think many more people know about Grants AND the tasty Tatuajes.