Cigar Review | Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande. This cigar comes in at 6 1/2 x 52 with a sharp tapered torpedo head. It retails for $21. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is silky smooth. It conceals all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It’s a really sharp-looking cigar.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up sweet bread – somewhat like Hawaiian bread – and white pepper. Through the nose, there is more sweet bread with some honey. The finish blends oak and sweet leather. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Buttery toast and mild black pepper hit me on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no changes, The finish consists of light baking spice alongside more oak and sweet leather. Strength and body remain consistently medium.

The final third wisps away at two hours. I find strong white pepper and leather on the draw. Through the nose, baking spice melts with caramel. The finish offers me some oak with mossy oak and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium.

The Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado is an fine cigar. It’s not explosive on complexity, but the flavors it dishes out are a mellow blend of pleasantries. Construction was good, and it was an enjoyable smoke.

Unfortunately, the price of this cigar is very steep, so that may put many people off. You can certainly get a comparable experience from many cigars at half the price, and I can’t justify a box purchase solely for that reason. However, it’s a solid smoke, and I highly recommend this one if the cost doesn’t bother you.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Casa Magna Colorado Gran Toro

The Casa Magna Colorado Gran Toro has an amazing orange tint to it and a huge ring gauge of 56 and a standard toro length of 6 inches. The wrapper harnesses tightly packed tobacco. The Casa Magna Colorado makes a real appearance in the humidor with its colour and mass. It has that bold “Colorado” wrapper and an attractive golden cigar band.

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Wrapper: Ligero Colorado
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Ring Gauge: 56
Length: 6 inches
Color: Orangy Brown (I had to add this)

Casa Magna

The draw starts off as a tight draw and right away you can taste the ligero tobacco, there is a lot of flavour with peppery notes at the back of the throat. The cigar is a full bodied mammoth. Sporting a tight draw and low smoke output. This titan of a cigar burned well, and perhaps the tight draw was intentional as the strength of the cigar is very high right from jump.

The flavours I detected were a musty, tea, almond taste and a sticky nutty feel that coated my mouth. The finish is very short and then it subsides and then the finish comes back with a musty, tea, almond burst of flavour. This lead to a head rush, so be careful and pull accordingly.

At about ¾ of an inch in the ash dropped off, revealing a flowery foot, hiding the cherry. The spiciness almost disappears, making way for prominent tea and nut tastes. The experience smoothed out and perhaps that was because I was getting used the cigar.

As you can see in the cigar review video, Ligero tobacco plays a big role in this cigar. It’s not that cherry red hot taste that one gets from double ligero cigars, it jumps up over a very strong tea flavour and musty barnyard aromas and flavours. As I continued to get through the cigar, carefully, I might add because of the strength, I found the sweetness like sugar in tea. A quite welcomed flavour indeed.

Half Way

Can someone say, “toast” no, not cheers, toast as in charred bread, as in toast that one might have with tea. The flavours just run rampant on the palate as the finish is eternal from one puff to another. The cigar has toast and tea like bread and a smell of what it’s like being next to a bread factory. This is a must retrohale, to get these flavours..

Added Notes:

I had to double puff this cigar to the cigar to continually be stoked. I think I do that out of habit, not sure it was necessary.

This cigar burned oddly at times, but due to what I felt was a good constructed cigar, I left it alone and it always corrected itself; there was no need to touch this cigar up.

Near the Band

At about 60 to 70 minutes, earthy tones have picked up and the tea, almond and spice are all present. With all this flavour, it was very smooth. Much like the band and how easy it was to be removed. Very easy, but intricate in look and feel. After the band the Casa Magna Colorado held its own, it started to loosen up and the flavours intensified as you would expect as a cigar comes to a crescendo.

Final Thoughts and Challenge

Experienced cigar smokers only, this is not for rookies. The cigar is full bodied and full of flavour. I think a lot of critics held it to a high standard because it won cigar of the year 4 to 5 years ago. So their perception of expectation was way too high, if they can take themselves off their pedestal, try it again, I dare you.

Having said that, this is a very good cigar that needs to be enjoyed more than once before making any assumption. If you’ve had it and didn’t get the same flavours I did. I’d love to know, leave me a comment below in the comment box and let’s share our enthusiasm for cigars.

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Cigar Review | Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat by Drew Estate

Liga Privada PairingIt was a balmy 51 degrees on the day that I decided to review the Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat by Drew Estates. Now 51 may not be balmy in your part of the world, but compared to the ‐4 degree temperatures recently experienced in Maryland… I will take it. I decided to pair this smoke with the Purple Monkey Dishwasher.

The dirty rat is available in one size a 5 x 44 corona and the approximate price is $12‐14.00. The wrapper is a stalk cut, sun cured, Connecticut River Valley Habano. The wrapper features a fan‐twisted cap and uses the same wrapper as the famed T52. The binder is a Brazilian Mata Fina. The filler contains a blend of 5 different tobaccos from Nicaragua & Honduras.

Pairing: Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter by Evil Genius Brewing (Bloomfield Connecticut).

1st Third

The Dirty Rat features a dark brown satin finish wrapper with a fan tail cap (I am a sucker for extra features). It feels very compact and give of smells of earth and glue off the wrapper. On the cold draw, I get a pretty good draw and tastes of tobacco & raisin. Upon initial light I am greeted with great smoke output and a variety of flavors including molasses, pepper, tobacco and chocolate. The strength is medium plus with a long oily finish. At this point my mouth is coated with the flavor and strength is beginning to make my head heat up.

Liga Privada

2nd Third

The Rat started with some pepper, but it is not a pepper bomb. I am continuing to experience pepper with the added coffee and chocolate flavors. On the retrohale I experience a good dose of pepper/spice and a toasted bread sensation. If smoking this one, don’t forget to retrohale (if you are able to). There are definitely flavors that will be missed if you don’t. The complexity continues as I pick up a mineral type flavor along with the coffee and increased toasted bread.

Final Thoughts:

Even though the Dirty Rat is a small ring gauge cigar, it is a tasty slow burner that is full of flavor, smoke and complexity. The construction has been spot on and it is burning as straight as an arrow. Throughout my smoking experience, Drew Estate has always been a top notch company when it comes to construction, the Dirty Rat was a tasty treat. Even though it is kinda expensive, I think that it is worth the price.

Being that it is a medium bodied cigar, this is a good one for someone who likes mild cigars but is looking to step up to the plate and see what a good medium bodied cigar is all about. The constructions was excellent and the flavors were rich and complex.

I would not hesitate to buy and smoke the Dirty Rat again. This cigar is limited in availability, so it is a get while the getting good type of smoke. I would also suggest that you buy at least 2. If you like it, you will have another. If you don’t, you will have a cigar that you can easily trade.

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