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Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador (Brown Label) –Four years later

Friday, July 27th, 2012

It isn’t often that I get to smoke a nice, properly aged cigar. My opportunity came in a cigar bomb, sent by my friends Todd & Julia from JuliaLightsUp. I’m sure you’ve seen me brag about the cigar bomb they sent me in previous reviews. I was excited to find out that this had been aged since 2008. Aging cigars can be a mixed bag. Sometimes they will lose something, and other times, it’s the complete opposite. Since I had to base my review off of one cigar, I made sure to pair with water.


Wrapper: Habano Ecuador

Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Unicos 6 1/8 x 52

Price: Around $10.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a nice oily sheen. At the same time, depending on the lighting, it looked velvety smooth. The only flaw I could find was a small crack, which was a non issue. This was probably just from being so old, and going through the US Postal Service. The smell of the wrapper and foot was mild and cedary. I found the cigar to be nicely packed, with some minor soft spots here and there. The draw was free, with only slight resistance. The pre-light draw had a nice, cedary note.

The burn required two minor corrections, and the ash held for well over an inch.

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The first third started off with an ultra smooth cedar. It didn’t take long for pepper to join in, and it was especially noticeable when retrohaling. This wasn’t your traditional black pepper, it had more of a cayenne vibe. Gradually, coffee, and a bitter cocoa note, joined in to drown out the cedar. The aftertaste was easy, and had a nice sweet tingle.

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As soon as I hit the second third, it was like someone flipped a switch. Rich mocha became the dominant flavor. Behind it, tingly pepper, and black coffee. The dominant flavor would change from draw to draw. Mocha, pepper, and coffee, each had their turn at the front. The smoke feel became thick, sweet, and creamy.

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The last third saw a return of cedar, and it mixed evenly with everything else. Basically, it was mocha, tingly pepper, coffee, and cedar mixed together. Nothing really stood out over the other. The smoke feel remained creamy, and it clung to the palate for a good, long time.

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WOW! This was a great full bodied cigar. Age really smoothed out that famous, peppery, Pepin blast that we all know and love. The flavors weren’t as “In your face” either. I had to pay a little more attention. Thankfully, the change wasn’t worse, and it wasn’t better. It was just different. Age really transformed this great cigar into, well, a different great cigar!

Viaje Zombie (2012)

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Thanks goes out to my friends, Todd and Julia from JuliaLightsUp. Included in my unprovoked cigar bomb was three Viaje Zombies.

This cigar is of very limited production and distribution. Should you require more information, the Google machine can help you. A unique feature with this cigar is, the head and foot are triple capped, with a only a pin hole at the foot. I’m not sure what that’s about, but it worked, so why not. As always, I paired this cigar with water. Let’s see how it went.

Here is a picture of the foot.

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Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 4 3/4 x 52

Price: $10.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

A visual inspection of the wrapper revealed a nice, oily sheen, and no flaws. The smell of the wrapper was earth and barnyard. Overall, the cigar was solidly packed, with only minor variances in consistency. The draw was on the tight side, which opened up shortly after lighting. The pre-light flavor had cedar, earth, and a note of sweetness.

The burn required some small corrections, and the ash held for around an inch. I have heard that these have notoriously bad burns, but the three I smoked were fine. I “Dry boxed” them for a bit, so maybe that helped?

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The first third came out of the gate with a blast of pepper and earthiness. It didn’t take long for a fairly strong espresso to join in, and it overtook the earthy flavor. After about 3/4 of an inch, the flavor profile settled into peppery spice, espresso, cedar, and bitter cocoa. The aftertaste was clean and easy on the palate.

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Things smoothed out in the second third. Espresso and bitter chocolate mixed together nicely. Think of cooking, or dark chocolate. The dominant flavor switched between espresso and chocolate. The spicy pepper didn’t go anywhere, and packed some punch.

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The last third kept its smoothness, but increased in strength. I found myself with a decent nicotine buzz, but it wasn’t over the top. Like before, flavor profile flip flopped between dominant flavors. The peppery spice demanded my attention, and a sweet tingle was left on the lips and tongue.

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This was a good, satisfying, full bodied cigar. Gimmicks aside, the Zombie held its own. This slow burner hit the spot for me, and I can see it appealing to the full bodied smoker. My flavor descriptions may lean towards bitter, but everything was balanced and pleasant. As for the price, I’m on the fence. It may be a little high, but it’s worth trying.

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