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Surrogates Animal Cracker

Courtesy of New Havana Cigars:
This premium line, made at the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is a unique undertaking. Each vitola released under the Surrogates brand will have it’s own character derived from it’s own blend and size. Created to bring the excitement of a limited edition stick at a consumer conscious price point and be readily available, these vitolas answer the question of whether to save it or smoke it with a blaring “Smoke it! Every day!”. The Surrogates tagline of “Limited Edition Quality at an Everyday Price” is another way that L’Atelier Imports is bringing the premium cigar experience to more cigar enthusiasts.
Animal Cracker features a Habano Oscuro wrapper and all Nicaraguan filler with a beautiful fuma head.

The Animal Cracker is the 5th installment of the Surrogate line under the umbrella of L’Atelier Imports. Pre light draw had barnyard cedar and a slight bitter earth note.

First light had notes of dark chocolate, burnt cedar, light coffee with an aftertaste of leather and slight spice.

After cruise control burn, flavors of charred wood, light cocoa, earth and burnt leather.

Final third regained the slight spice from first light with notes of creamy earth, light cocoa, mild cedar and roasted nuts with a peppery finish. The draw was wide open with copious amount of thick grey smoke.

Extremely well balanced and medium bodied the construction was flawless, slight crooked burn at first light but it soon corrected itself. The ash was loose and flaky with zero relight issues. This is more of a late afternoon or early evening cigar due to its length and size. It was flavorful and well enjoyed.



Size: 6 x 60

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Tatuaje Avion 13 FF

Pete Johnson announced his decision via his FB page, to make a mid-production switch on the upcoming Avion 13 release from Habano to Broadleaf. As a result, he now has 7,500 cigars that have the Habano wrapper that will be released to retailers as limited.

Tatuaje’s Avion is the extension of the Fausto line that produces a special size each year. For 2013, the size rolled is a perfecto measuring 6 7/8 x 52. Similar to the Avion 11, which was 6 5/8 x 48/52. This perfecto has a tapered head and foot instead of the entire body. Trying to avoid any confusion at the retail level between the two cigars, Pete decided that for 2013, the production Avion 13 would receive an update in the form of a Broadleaf wrapper and have a second reserve band added to it.

First look is a beautiful seamless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Pre light draw was effortless, despite the tapered foot that was loaded with cedar and notable spice on the palate.

After torching you are treated to flavors of mild red pepper with coffee, slight leather and earthy undertones.
After cruise control burn the draw is almost effortless, strong flavors of pepper and spice are really starting to pick up, not overpowering but balancing out with flavors of coffee, cedar and pepper notes most noticeable in-between draws. Final half the spicy flavors have intensified with pepper, black coffee and cedar notes that evolved perfectly into a full bodied and extremely well balanced cigar from start to finish. Perhaps in the future these Avion 13’s will become a full production cigar.



Size: 6 7/8 x 52 Perfecto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Tatuaje Lil’ Drac

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

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.

Tatuaje Fausto FT114 Petit Robusto

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

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Length: 4 1/2 x 52

Tatuaje Double D

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

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

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