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Written by James Payne

Monday, 14 December 2009

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Today we will be reviewing two cigars from the Tatuaje Cigar company: the Black Robusto and the Cojonu 2006, but first, let’s take a look at the company. Tatuaje Cigars was founded by Pete Johnson who consulted with the industry renowned Don Pepin for help in the manufacturing process. The cigars are mostly full-bodied, Nicaraguan puros and are handmade at the Tabacalera Cubana in Esteli, Nicaragua, and at the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. As for the name, Tatuaje means tattoo in Spanish. One look at the company’s founder, and you can see why he chose this name.

 

 

Tatuaje Black Robusto

The Tatuaje Black Robusto has an interesting story that accompanies its creation. It is said to be the personal cigar of the creator of the brand, Pete Johnson. While on vacation, Johnson would receive a cigar daily from one of the locals. It was not one of the prettiest cigars, but he still enjoyed them. He later found out that many of the locals took part in the practice of making their own personal cigars to smoke from their own creative blends. With this in mind, Johnson decided to collect several “personal” cigars from various people to sample which one he liked the most. Once he picked out a favorite, he decided to work with the famous Garcia family of the cigar world in Nicaragua to help recreate that blend. He was finally successful in recreating the cigar, and decided to make it his “personal” cigar. Like the ones he received from the locals on vacation, the cigar was not aesthetically pleasing, but its simplicity and blend was more than enough to satisfy him. So, with that, he created the Tatuaje Black Robusto as a personal cigar to be distributed on a limited basis.

 

The Tatuaje Black Robusto measures 5x50. Its filler is said to be a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos. It has a Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan wrapper as well. The Black Robusto is considered to be a full-bodied stick.

 

The appearance of the Tatuaje Black Robusto is very plain and looks a quite rough. It’s certainly not the prettiest cigar out there, but most will not care, as its on the inside what counts. There is a simple band near the head that bears the name Tatuaje in cursive with white lettering and a black background. It reminds me of something you would see a guy in a zoot suit smoke, but that’s just me. Its wrapper is quite dark with a slight tinge of red. It’s not too oily but there are plenty of veins present. You can tell the cigar is well packed as it is very firm to the touch. Prior to lighting, the cigar has a very strong, earthy scent to it that is much stronger than most cigars. There’s nothing sweet about this stick, neither in its looks or its scent and taste before being lit.

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