Monday, June 22, 2009

Tatuaje Regios Reserva Cigar Review

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From Silo Cigars website:

"The first and most exclusive line in the Tatuaje collection. La Seleccion de Cazador, referred to as the Cabinet Selection, as well as the 'Brown Label'. These are produced in Miami by a select group of rollers dedicated to this line. Blended by Don Pepin Garcia and only rolled by the top torcedors in Miami trained by Pepin himself. Tatuaje brown label is a powerful and strong smoke that reminds us of the early cuban cigars that have power along with a underlying sweetness. If you have not had a chance to try a Tatuaje cigar do not hesitate any longer."

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The "Regios" at 50 ring gauge by 5 and 1/2 inches could be classified as either a robusto or toro size. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro with all first generation Cuban seed tobacco. The wrapper is a fragrant dark brown Corojo leaf with a rustic appearance including a smattering of small water spots and small veins throughout. However, the construction of the cigar is immaculate and feels "sturdy" and "hefty", as rollers in Miami seem to place great pride in the quality of their work. The cigar is finished off "Cuban"-style with a triple cap.

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The cigar lit evenly and the draw produced was free and clear with just a little bit of resistance. If you want to know how a perfectly rolled cigar should look and feel like, then try a Tatuaje cigar rolled in Miami. The cigar I smoked burned slowly and evenly all the way down. The ash formed was light gray in color and tightly formed. No surprise considering the evenness of the packing.

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The aroma of the resting smoke was just heavenly. Light whisps of warm spice from a finely aged tobacco permeated the room. I smoked a Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 the day before and the cigar seemed to be smoking itself in between puffs. Picture the smoke that comes gushing out of a roadside flare and you will know what I'm talking about. The aroma of that cigar was sharp and pungent and definitely should have been relegated to the outside.

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The initial flavors of the Tatuaje Regios showed rich earthiness reminiscent of smooth dark chocolate with an underlying sweet creaminess. The finish was toasty. I also detected some tanginess associated with Nicaraguan Corojo tobacco, which itself is a unique flavor. At times the cigar seemed to straddle the line into bitterness. But I quickly determined that I was trying to smoke the cigar too fast. As I slowed my pace, the cigar did settle down and once again became very enjoyable. The cigar starts off medium bodied and ends up in the full range. The cigar finishes off nicely in a flourish of sweet cedary creaminess laden with a nice underlying note of nuttiness.

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The Regios sells for $1o a cigar. I think it is a fair price for this high quality tobacco out of Nicaragua. The construction can match and top most cigars coming out of Cuba in my opinion. When you look at some of the ho-hum cigars being priced in the $6 to $8 range, a few bucks more, in this case, does give you so much more.

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6 comments:

MJFrog said...

Yet another awesome review!! I love the Tatuaje line especially the Reservas. The Regios and the Noella are amazing smokes and the construction has alway been amazing.
Again, great review!!

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Lisa B. said...

Thank you so much. As of yet, I am not posting on Twitter but I hope to be doing that in the near future. Thanks for your support.

Kevin said...

Hey Lisa,

In case anyone is confused that is the Regio Reserva, different wrapper.

Lisa B. said...

Kevin, thanks for straightening that out. It was a Reserva. Still an excellent cigar.

tommyzman said...

Incredibly oily wrapper on this gar. I really love this one. Very nice review.

Elliott B. Baker said...

Thanks for informing !
I am a big fan of cigars and feeling really excited to try this one.
So I am just rushing to cigar shops in the town to get it as soon as possible.
Really an informative post!