Interestingly when people know you are a cigar guy, you get a bunch for things like holidays and your birthday. This year was no different. Excitingly for me, I got a decent mix of some that people know I like, and more importantly, a bunch that people think I might like. I love trying new stuff. So I dipped into the stash and found one I have never tried before. I pulled out a Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial. I am not quite sure how this happened, but I have never actually tried a Tatuaje cigar until today.
My first thought on this cigar is simply, I love this size. It is a wonderful 5 7/8 x 46, so quite far from a monster. The wrapper itself has a nice dark marble like finish to it, not perfectly even in appearance. The veins are minimal and relatively unnoticeable at quick glance. The triple cap is put on perfectly. The feel is not overly firm, but there are no soft spots either. The foot has a sweet smell with a slight coca note.
On the cold draw I got notes of sweet chocolate. The draw itself was easy, but I think it matched the density of the cigar perfectly. On the initial light I got a burst of flavor that included spice and raisin. The spice fell off, but not completely, after a few puffs. Typically I enjoy solitude while smoking for review as not to be distracted, but the lounge was quite full today. I did get something of a treat though and wound up sitting with a great group of guys, one of which was the person I got this cigar from. It put perspective on the experience as well by hearing his thoughts on why he picked it for me and why he also liked it himself. It makes me feel like I got it right to compare notes on a cigar and see the similarities. It’s also fun to debate the discrepancies.
One of the first things you will notice about this cigar is the burn and ash; not only is the burn razor sharp, but the ash reminds me of a pint of Guinness. You can count the puff rings on the ash as you burn down further.
There was actually a comment made at this point about the ash, the commenter wished to remain anonymous, but he said in jest “that is a nice erect ash”. Although joking, I do agree that I could have held the cigar up on its end by the ash at this point.
The tastes of this cigar are rich and bold. To this point the raisin is still a prominent note, but also a taste of coffee is developing. The ash fell off naturally and stayed intact upon impact about 2 inches into the smoke. I made no extra efforts to keep it on.
Around the 2/3 mark the tastes are of coffee and some chocolate. The cigar is quite smooth and I motioned to the group that it was easy to smoke. Some nodded in agreement while others were unfamiliar with the cigar so I explained what I meant. Simply the draw was easy, the smoke was plentiful and the tastes and body were super smooth. No effort was involved in smoking this cigar.
At some point during the 2nd third the burn began to become crooked for a few minutes, but this cigar was able to adjust on its own. I am noticing that there is more body than this cigar is letting on. I feel the power, although the smoke itself is not giving that indication.
During the final third some of the spice has returned and the body has built a little bit, putting this, in my opinion, in the medium to full bodied category. I still get notes of coffee and raisin. The cigar is still also quite rich and smooth. I must have had a look on my face of enjoyment because I got a few reassuring nods from the group. I then looked to my left and the gentleman sitting there asked if I wanted a roach clip for the nub that was left in my fingers. I told him not to worry I had experience in these situations, and if necessary a Xikar MultiTool in my pocket that has a sharp end that I would use to skew if necessary.
Ultimately, this was a fantastic experience. I was given a wonderful first impression of the Tatuaje brand and I am looking forward to trying out more of their products.