Posts Tagged ‘Pete Johnson’
When looking at the Tatuaje Lil’ Drac you notice a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper that is dark brown and very smooth, construction was perfect. Having missed the first release of it’s big brother (The Drac) Pete Johnson’s limited release Halloween cigar in 2009, I was excited to clip it and get smoking. First torch was a cocoa and pepper flavor with a nice mild sweetness in the background. After cruise control burn the pepper started to pick up along with notes of coffee, earth and cedar. The draw was perfect with tons of creamy white smoke. The most dominant flavors of the last third was cocoa, coffee, pepper and a floral sweetness that blended in perfectly. The cigar was Medium to Full and smoke time was an hour. Having two boxes tucked away, The Lil’ Drac will get even better with age and I look forward to re-visiting along with all the Little Monsters sometime in the future.
Size: 5 X 48
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
The first cigar from my 2012 Saints & Sinners box I enjoyed was the Tatuaje Fausto FT114. The cigar is based on a blend that Pete Johnson and Don Pepin created a few years ago. The Fausto contains a combination of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers blended inside a Nicaraguan binder that’s surrounded by a toothy Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper. After torch it had notes of earth, coffee, leather, and pepper, but after cruise control burn it mellowed into a smooth, full bodied and full flavored cigar that was perfectly paired with my morning coffee.
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Length: 4 1/2 x 52
Yesterday our friend Casper came to smoke with us at NK Cigar Lounge and gave the crew of Cigar Smoke some cigars to try. The only one who knew it’s true identity was Shawn “Cigar Rabbi” Cohen, as the cigars we were given had no labels. First look was a heavy thick 58 ring gauge Belicoso with a closed foot, the pre light draw had strong notes of chocolate and earth. After torch the cigar gave off an immediate flavor of pepper, leather with nuances of coffee and chocolate. Once it achieved cruise control burn the cigar exploded with pepper and a stronger coffee note with a nice sweet undertone, I still had no idea what I was smoking but it reminded me a lot of the M-80 only this time instead of a quarter stick of dynamite I got the bomb! A little less than halfway into the cigar it started to pick up and I came to the conclusion I should have had more in my stomach than the lunch I had eaten 7 hrs earlier, The room began to spin a little and my stomach was definitely feeling queasy, I asked Casper who was aptly smiling how much Ligero was in it? All he said was “A lot” After the halfway point the cigar mellows out considerably and you are treated to a complexity of flavors most notable wood, expresso with strong pure tobacco flavors of leather, earth and white pepper. This cigar is definitely not for the novice smoker because the finish was an EXPLOSION of spice that was extremely peppery. I would place this in the Full to Fuller category and I will definitely aquire a box of these, as age will only make these better. Thank you Sean and Pete definitely raising the bar from the M-80 that we all smoked a year ago it was truly an amazing cigar that sent me into orbit but I truly enjoyed the ride! The Double D is an exclusive release for Tobacco Plaza created by Pete Johnson, founder of Tatuaje cigars.
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Initial release: 500 boxes of 10 banded DDs
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Size: 6 ¼-58
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf, USA
Our third installment of the little monster series from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje Cigars is the Wolfie. With an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper the cigar is boxed pressed with a shaggy foot like it’s big brother the Wolfman, that we were trick or treated to last Halloween. After torching, I was immediately treated to a blast of deep sweet woody notes that was all Nicaraguan filler. Very shortly after the wrapper begins to ignite and the flavors evolve into sweet cedar notes with nuances of cocoa and spicyness. The construction and burn line were perfect with the last portion being very complex and flavorful. A medium bodied cigar this has been my favorite little monster so far. The draw was effortless and had tons of howling white smoke that was an hour of smoking pleasure.
Size: 5.5 x 48
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
This year’s creation is called the Tatuaje Monster Series Wolfman, a torpedo measuring 7 1/2 inches long by 52 ring gauge. It has a rough, uncut foot that exposes the filler tobacco, a first for the Tatuaje brand.
The blend for the cigar is based on Johnson’s Tatuaje Cojonu 2009. Rolled at the Garcia family’s My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, The Wolfman is made with all-Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos with a Sumatra Ecuador wrapper.
Calling all Cigar Smoke crew I am pleased to announce yours truly has aquired dress box #609 for our group herf so bring your lighters, Cutters (Sorry Rabbi you can’t punch this one) and note pads as this is going to be a HOWLING great time!!