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Tatuaje M80 2015 Redux, Two Guys Smoke Shop

Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars announced that the M80 would be making a return as a redux in regular production. The cigar will be an exclusive at Two Guys Smoke Shop and was launched last June, 2015 in time for Independence Day. As expected all 500 boxes sold out extremely fast and are no longer available for direct order. Keeping to the task of procuring a few examples of the redux M80 I was able to secure a handful through auctions on various forums and cigar community’s.

The M80 was originally launched as a limited edition in June, 2011 (see 2011 review here) (and 2013, two years post explosion here) the cigar was highly sought, even after it was sold out. The cigar which measured 4 x 50 and featured an Ecuador Habano Maduro over Nicaragua binder and fillers.  Two Guys Smoke Shop is located in New Hampshire with three stores just over the Massachusetts state line in Nashua, Salem and Seabook. The shops which are owned by David Garofalo celebrate 30 years in business in 2015.


In a previous review I described the 2011 M80 as a quarter stick of dynamite! 4 years later nothing has changed except the red label that was previously white with M80 in solid black surrounded by a ring of gold. The sides of the label are classic Tatuaje adorned in red white and light blue with the words “TATUAJE” and “Exclusive Series” we’ve grown accustomed to seeing this with all of Pete’s shop exclusives for 2015. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper is the color of dark coffee bean and has a seamless appearance with a few notable veins. The long iconic pigtail fuse is tucked under the band and gives the vitola a daunting look. The 2011 example knocked out former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster, the on going joke is Tatuaje M80 1-0 vs the Champ with re-match unlikely. Pre-Light aroma had notes of earth, cedar and barnyard. The cold draw had hints of coffee, earth and spice.


Upon first light, BOOM right out of the gate straight pepper right to the throat! With the heat on this thing it’s appropriately named, memories of the 2011 version are quickly coming back, or should I say PTSD, as the red pepper overwhelmed my palate! Strong black coffee, leather and spice with a slight mineral element kicking on all thrusters!


At cruise control the red pepper has intensified leaving a muted burn on the palate. Dark chocolate, black coffee, charred cedar and leather are still prominent with black licorice adding a sweet nuance to the spicy finish.


The red pepper has not missed a beat and is still prominent! However the flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and charred cedar have picked up and evolving perfectly with the strong spicy factor. Sweet nuances of black licorice and leather are keeping par with the red pepper to add to the sweet and spicy finish.


The tightly packed vitola would have held it’s ash past the label with the perfect amount of resistance on the draw. The burn line was razor sharp and spoke volumes to the construction of the M80. The strength on cigar was over the FULL bodied FULL flavor range. At 4 x 50 the M80 was full of peppery flavor with a strong black coffee and dark chocolate background thats definitely not for the novice smoker, however if over the top FULL is in your wheelhouse this cigar is a must try. If you can find it defiantly box worthy, although after market price could be costly. The ones I have in my humidor will be sequestered to a dark out of the way place to re-visit on the next 4th of July perhaps explosions going off everywhere seems quite the appropriate pairing.


Cigars Purchased: Cigar Cartel Auction

Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.2/10

Size: 4 x 50

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

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