cigar review: Tatuaje churchill

Cigar: Tatuaje Churchill
Rating: 90
Price: $4.50

Wow

I repeat wow. I held back because of the hype but some times the hype is true this cigar is mild enough to be approachable by the masses but has a full bodied finish that will make you wish your fingers were skinnier.

At adress the flavor is woody and nutty with a smooth even draw and mild undertones of spice and its flavor is consistent untill the last third. And then it transforms into a deep earthy spicy peppery dance of flavors on the tounge.

I will usually pass up a natural wrapper and opt for the richer maduros but this as exception that deserves both the massive response from the market and a place in any humidor.

This cigar is exact proof of the new breed of cigar massive internet talk and lots of communication from the makers with the cigar smoking masses has lead to a cigar that really does have a bit of something for everyone.

I’ve had a lot of talk with guys about the new economy vs the old and a lot of the big brands like ashton and padron who have a long history making great smokes but they are much like ford and gm comparative to the more market reponsive honda and toyota. I know this is a cigar review and not a soapbox so I’ll get back to the point the smaller newer nimbler makers who talk to the smoking public and make smokes that people love are the reason great cigars like the tatuaje are commanding space in every good cigar shop and the bigs are actually having to change from the tried and true formulas that are good but keep selling on loyalty not innovation.

But I digress no matter what you smoke no matter what your budget buy the tatuaje. Give in to the hype. This is a smokers delight and you deserve the pleasure.

Cigar Review: Tesa M3

Tesa M3 Natural

Tesa M3 Natural

Cigar:
Tesa M3
Manufacturer:
Tesa Cigars
Price:
$3.99

This is a cigar that was a bit of a slow starter but it improved toward the middle. The Teas M3 is a light woody smoke with a strong acidic bite during the first thrid of the smoke. At the half way point in the smoke the flavor shifts to a more earthy flavor with a mild to medium flavor profile. however what the cigar provides in budget friendlyness it seems to lack in complexity. If you like a simple straightforward woody smoke this is the cigar for you but if you enjoy a more complex flavor I would passs on the M3 and opt for the maduro from the same manufaturer. The M3 is reminiscent of the Romeo Y Julieta Bully with a bit less depth of flavor but very simillar light woody flavors.

At the half way point in the cigar the acidity does shift into a nice massage in the back of the nose and on the palatte.

I usually have more to say but unfortunately after this cigar I was just happy to get on to smoking the next one in my cigar case that afternoon.

Cigar Review – Tesa Maduro Robusto

Tesa Maduro Robusto

Tesa Maduro Robusto

Cigar:
Tesa Maduro Robusto

Manufacturer:
Tesa Cigars

Price:
$3.75

Flavor Profile: Dark smooth and earthy with hints of coffee and a spicy clove undertone and just a whisper of leather.

It’s surprising to find a nicaraguan cigar with such a smooth and balanced flavor. The Tesa Maduro has a rich noticeably dark smoke and an aroma of licorice and coffee with a hint of spicyness that encourages you to slow down and ponder the pursuit of lifes pure and simple pleaseures.

The Tesa Maduro is smoother and more complex than many of the major brands sold for three times the price. Hand these out at your next poker night and your buddies will all think they are smoking an $8 to $16 cigar. You can revel in Knowing it’s a budget beater made by a 23 year old on the south side of chicago.

Right out of the box these are a strong competitor fo r the alec bradley exotic maduro or the ashton aged maduro. A little age on these sticks should bring a mellowing and deepening of flavors into a smooth creamy finish that would catapult this little cigar into the big leagues of fine tobacco.

This cigar reminds me of a great local band a lot of familliar qualities of the big names but a humble creative way of leavings it’s own mark on a classic. Give it a little more maturity and it may become a classic in it’s own right.