Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 02 January 2013

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tatuajeapocalypse1Well, the holidays are officially over.  We hope that you had a happy New Year and that 2013 is even better than 2012.  To kick off 2013 on Puff, we will review the Tatuaje Apocalypse and the Nestor Miranda Danno 2012.

Tatuaje Apocalypse

The Tatuaje Apocalypse was named after what was supposed to be the end of the world on December 21, 2012.  Thankfully, we are all still standing, which has made it possible for me to write this review.  The Apocalypse is an exclusive release for the Smoke Inn that was produced by Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson along with the help of the Garcia family.  It’s part of Smoke Inn’s MicroBlend Series, which has given us such popular cigars in the past as the Tatuaje Anarchy, Padron SI-15, My Father El Hijo, and the Arturo Fuente Solaris.  All of the MicroBlend cigars are limited releases, including the Apocalypse.  Only 1,300 boxes of 15 have been released since its official launch date in December, so I feel lucky to have had the pleasure of being able to smoke one.

The Tatuaje Apocalypse comes in one size – 5 1/4 x 48-52.  Produced at the My Father Cigars Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Apocalypse has a filler and binder made up of Nicaraguan tobacco.  The wrapper, on the other hand, is Connecticut Broadleaf.  The strength of the Apocalypse is said to fall somewhere in the medium to full-bodied range.

The Tatuaje Apocalypse has a bold appearance that carries the aura of its moniker well.  The wrapper is very dark and has a mottled look to it.  A few medium-sized veins are visible, and there is some oil as well.  The cigar feels a bit rough in my hands, but it is packed tight with plenty of tobacco.  The unique shape looks good, as does the pigtail cap.  A red and black band sits near the head that really stands out against the dark wrapper.  It features the Anarchy sign.  As for the pre-light aroma, I sense a barnyard aroma, while the flavor is of chocolate.

After lighting the Apocalypse without any effort, I experience a terrific draw and a nice volume of smoke.  The burn does stray a bit at times and requires some minor touch-ups.  The white ash is very sturdy and stays on for more than an inch.


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