Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles Review

Oct

22

by at 6:19 pm (2 Comments) Cigar Reviews


Brand: Tatuaje Cigars

Series:  Havana VI

Size: Angeles – (Petit Corona – 4 5/8 x 42)

Origin: Made in Nicaragua by Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars S.A. – Habano Ecuador wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler.

If cigars are a regular part of your life, then you probably have the occasional struggle to pick the right cigar for a certain timeframe.  I found myself in this position a few nights back.  I had about an hour to commit to a cigar, including prep, review pictures, and building a beverage.  I knew anything robust-ish or larger just wouldn’t do, and found myself reaching for the Tatuaje Havana VI in the ‘Angeles’ or petit corona size.  At a slender 4 5/8” x 42, I figured this smoke would  work perfectly.

Construction:  My Havana VI had a fantastic dark brown wrapper with a nice oily feel to it.  There were no defects in the wrapper, the cap was near perfect, and the cigar was medium-firm from end to end.  The unlit foot had a fresh tobacco smell to it, and I got no distinct flavour from the cold draw.

First Third:  The Havana VI came out of the gates with a mouthful of pepper, followed by a rich leathery finish with hints of dark chocolate or cocoa.  The cigar smoldered and barely burned between puffs, but roared off smoke when required.  The draw was a happy medium, and the burn required minor correction.  I found the cigar was medium in strength through the first third.

Second Third:  The second third reminded me again what I love about Tatuaje cigars.  There was absolutely no confusion about what sort of flavours were hitting my palate. Each draw offered up a nice pepper / leather combo at the front end, which turned into a savoury chocolate / leather finish.  The finish became a little sweeter as I worked through the second third.  The burn improved, and the draw remained excellent.  The cigar continued to belch smoke on the draw, but barely smolder between puffs, and I had to relight on two occasions. The strength was more of a medium-full through the second third.

Final Third:  The final third of the Havana VI was like the exclamation mark finishing a sentence.  A straightforward pepper and leather combo balanced perfectly, and the leather finish became a little stronger.  The draw stayed great, and I had to relight a couple more times, but I wasn’t terribly concerned about it.  The relights in the final third may have been partially user-error, as the strength of the Havana VI was starting to hit me, and I slowed it down a little.

Overall:  The Tatuaje Havana VI in the Angeles size was rock and roll in a small package.  It ripped off smoke on command, had a balanced, well defined flavour profile, and a subtle strength that was impressive for a petit corona size cigar.  In the end, the slow, slow burn of the Angeles pushed me over my one hour window, and I was truly shocked at how long this petit corona burned for.  Would I recommend this cigar? Absolutely I would.  Just be forewarned that this petit corona has a deceptive kick to it.  Would I buy another?  Indeed.  For a sub $8 stick, the Havana VI in the Angeles size is plenty of bang for the buck.

Rock out,

-Matt


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2 Responses to “Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles Review”

  1. Eric Scism

    October 22, 2012
    7:00 pm

    Matt, I seem to have the same issues with Tats as you did with this one. I just can never get them to burn correctly. I don’t know what it is. I haven’t had to relight as much as you did for this review, but still I have to relight mine waaaaay too often. I love the “final third… was like an exclamation mark!” great line man. I may have to use that sometime 🙂

    Cheers,
    Eric

  2. Matt

    October 22, 2012
    7:32 pm

    Hey Eric, Thanks for checking in!
    As for the ‘outage’ , my buddy Les and I were thinking that maybe there’s a little more ligero in this particular smoke than one might think. Maybe that explains it, or maybe not. I’m with you on the burn issues though. Astonishingly…. the biggest Tat that I’ve had (the Wolfman) burned like a razor for the most part. I guess all signs point to the fact that one of us needs to smoke something else from Tatuaje and see how it works out. Keep me posted, and quote away.

    Cheers man,

    -Matt

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