October 2019 Cigar Reveal


Tatuaje - Black Label

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Brand Tatuaje
Cigar Black Label
Wrapper Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description There are few brand owners in the last decade that have garnered more respect than Tatuaje's Pete Johnson. Before hitting the market, the Tatuaje Black Label was Johnson's personal smoke, a cigar he claimed was replicated from private blends of Cuban cigar rollers. The cigar has been so highly sought after over the years that it's often accused of not living up to it's billing, but in the end the black label is a rich, complex cigar worthy of a private label.
Review: Halfwheel
If you smoke this cigar distracted, you won't get it. The beauty of the Black Label blend is this discerning roughness that multiplies the complexity of the blend immensely.
Review: Cigar Dojo
There is a noticeable “coating of oil” in your mouth with the Black Label Corona Gorda, it’s something that may go undetected if you’re not attuned to it. The final third is spectacular. I wish it would never end and my singed lips and finger tips prove it. The flavors are intense on the retro without being harsh. At this point, the pepper mingled nicely with the cocoa-covered grapefruit. As many have noted in their trials with this smoke, it has a distinct “graham cracker” profile that is more than welcomed. The cigar is bold without smacking you in the face. Hints of Cuban influence shine at this point and it is clear why this cigar was so anxiously anticipated.

Foundation Cigar Co. - Wise Man Maduro

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Brand Foundation Cigar Co.
Cigar Wise Man Maduro
Wrapper Mexico
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Foundation owner Nick Melillo was the behind-the-scenes guy at Drew Estate, but in 2015 set off to form his own brand. He now has a growing portfolio of cigars, none better than this dark and earthy smoke called The Wise Man Maduro.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
The Wise Man Maduro Robusto has all the qualities of a stand-out cigar: assertive without being aggressive, full-bodied without being too strong and interesting from first puff to last. It’s a flavorful blend that oscillates between the sweet and the savory. Cocoa and vanilla notes play off the tobacco’s meaty qualities, all integrated by an ever-present earthiness. (#3 Cigar of the Year 2018)
Review: Halfwheel
The cigar is rich with complexity and only occasionally strays too far off the path of balance, smoothness, and engagement with most puffs rewarding the palate with plenty of enjoyable flavors. The pepper can flirt with being a bit much at times, which may scare off fans of lighter cigars, but for those willing to immerse their senses in a medium to full bodied profile, the rewards are abundant. The technical performance was near flawless, and the finish of each of the three samples left me more than satisfied. A very enjoyable cigar from start to finish and an impressive showing from Foundation Cigar Co.