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Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

This is a discussion on Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review within the Non-Habanos Reviews forums, part of the General Cigar Discussion category; Inspection (14:55): A B&M exclusive (Gloucester Street Cigars in Boston, MA) and part of Tatuaje's Meat Locker series, the Pork ...

  
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    CRT #1984, CRA #99974873 szyzk's Avatar


     

    Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review



    Inspection (14:55): A B&M exclusive (Gloucester Street Cigars in Boston, MA) and part of Tatuaje's Meat Locker series, the Pork Tenderloin (5 1/8 x 52) is not a good looking cigar. The smooth, slightly oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper isn't a showstopper and although the cigar sports a triple cap, the finish - a pigtail, which is an always welcome addition to a cigar - is crude at best.



    A punch cut with my Xikar and the pre-light draw reveals just a little bit of spice, and nothing more noteworthy. By the way, this cigar comes to me via Joe (deep), and it was banded by him in August of 2010.



    First third (15:00):
    A medium dose of pepper through the nose, sweetness on the tongue and just a hint of acidity and baking spice on the roof of my mouth greet me in the first few puffs. Gorgeous natural tobacco aroma. The flavors develop into an upfront fruitiness (red cherry, grapefruit) on every puff that is gone almost immediately, and what's left over is a mix of cedar and notes of bright, bitter coffee. There is a very straightforward leather here, but it's not so heavy that it's overpowering. There's also a nice dose of dark chocolate after the first inch or so, as well as a fresh earth/toasted hay flavor that comes and goes. The burn is wavy but a) it's slightly windy out and b) it never detracts from the cigar.



    The Tenderloin lets off quite a bit of smoke (though not as much as, say, the La Casita Criolla). Medium-bodied and medium/full flavor.



    Middle third (15:50): There's still a very present leather flavor (but again, it's not thick and chewy and an overload on the senses) which is joined by a strong earthiness and a heavy dose of natural tobacco flavors. More toasty cedar enters with each puff, and the pepper on the retrohale is subdued but still there. More bittersweet dark chocolate - I can, if I close my eyes, taste chunks of it melting in my mouth. The coffee at times is deep, rich and bitter espresso and at others it's a natural roast with four shots of cream.



    The cigar is still very sweet - almost syrupy sweet - and the fruit has become more of a tart, dried black cherry essence than the sweet red cherry/citrusy grapefruit from before. There are also times that I feel like I've just eaten a spoonful of apricot preserves, some puffs leave a smokey whiskey/scotch aftertaste in my mouth, and sometimes it's beurre noissete (brown butter for you non-Francophiles). Gobs of baking spice are apparent and I'm now also getting a light licorice flavor. The burn has pretty much settled into slightly wavy, it's still smoking like a chimney, the body is medium/full while the flavors are almost full.



    Final third (16:35):
    The spice and warm alcohol taste are very full with dark chocolate/semi sweet dry cocoa taking more of a backseat. I'm getting notes of almond - sometimes dry, sometimes toasted - and loads of cedar, with the same leather backbone, and lots of toasted cocoanut.



    While many of the flavors throughout this cigar have been the same, they did transition and change and develop over the course of the cigar. Everything intensified towards the end, the Tenderloin was full of flavors that became so pronounced but still incredibly balanced so that nothing was completely in charge. Full-flavored and the last two inches were very much full-bodied.



    Final thoughts (17:19): No question about it... The Pork Tenderloin is the best Tatuaje that I've smoked, which means that it is also the best non-Cuban cigar that I've smoked (the Tatuaje Face was holding the #1 spot). I need more of these... They're absolutely delightful.

    Thanks so much for sending this to me, Joe!
    Never trust anyone over 30.


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    Leading Puffer Fish


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Awesome review. Those pics look like you ripped them from a magazine.

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    Smoking makes me go Poo! Shemp75's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    sure looked pretty to me. great review. what size punch is that? looking for something with a larger punch.


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    Last edited by Shemp75; 07-01-2012 at 05:05 PM.

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    Alpha Puffer Fish nikonnut's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Very nice, Andrew! Thanks for sharing this one with us. I'm thinking the only way I'll get to try a Tat tenderloin is vicariously thru your review!
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    WAMBAM!!!! dmeguy's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Thanks for the awesome review Andrew. I am looking forward to trying my first TAT sometime soon!

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    Full grown Puffer Fish rpb16's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Quote Originally Posted by dmeguy View Post
    Thanks for the awesome review Andrew. I am looking forward to trying my first TAT sometime soon!
    Get on that.


    Awsome review Andrew, puff needs more tatuaje reviews. Those pictures look awsome as well man, very nice shots.

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    CRT #1984, CRA #99974873 szyzk's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Quote Originally Posted by nyuk nyuk View Post
    what size punch is that? looking for something with a larger punch.
    I use a Xikar Xi 009 punch for just about everything. It's small enough for a corona but big enough for the 50+ RG cigars.

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonnut View Post
    I'm thinking the only way I'll get to try a Tat tenderloin is vicariously thru your review!
    I think the closest you'll get - unless you luck into the Tenderloin - is the Reserva J21!
    Never trust anyone over 30.


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    THE MAN WHO LOVES TWANG! TonyBrooklyn's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Great review and pictures!
    Felt like i was there!
    Thanks bro!
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    Jimi Hendrix



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    A Burnt Orange Puffer abhoe's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Great review on a stick I'd like to snag some day. You used vivid pictures and your descriptions were well thought out and succinct. Will you review your spoon rest ashtray next?
    Disciplina praesidium civitatis VTL

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    Anejo Whore RealSRS's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Very nicely done. Lots of good pictures!

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    some say I'm a dreamer... BMack's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Amazing review! I highly recommend you trying the Tatuaje TAA man, I think that will move into second place... Much(not all) of what you described is what I taste in the Tatuaje TAA.
    My backyard is more humid than my humidor.

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    CRT #1984, CRA #99974873 szyzk's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Quote Originally Posted by BMack View Post
    Amazing review! I highly recommend you trying the Tatuaje TAA man, I think that will move into second place...
    I have two of them and they're taking a nap for one more year before I try them!
    Never trust anyone over 30.


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    Elder Puffer Fish Leader max gas's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Great review and pics Andrew! Thanks.

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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish jaysalti's Avatar


     

    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Excellent job on this review! Love the photos and well thought out flavor maps. Thumbs up! I can't snag one of these, but can grab a J21... Someone gonna have some 'splainin to do after the next trip to the b&m. All these tasty stick reviews I've been seeing are killin me
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    Re: Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin review

    Great review. Very professional.

    The accolades heaped upon this cigar seem to be unanimous across the board for every review I've seen of it. It must be great to have experienced such a rare treat.
    I'm completely unbiased and 100% open minded. Nobody will ever convince me otherwise.

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