Cigar Review: Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkin, Event Only

Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkin, Event Only

 

 

 

Happy Halloween friends of the Smoke! The Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkins were first debut at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas NV. The Halloween Series cigars are literally called the “Tatuaje Pumpkin”.

The cigar however wasn’t slated for release until 2015 and only available to attending IPCPR retailers placing orders at the Tatuaje Cigars booth on first day of the show that year in New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

With an unknown number of cigars produced, and for whatever reason the project never became a regularly available product for Tatuaje. Flash forward to 2018 the cigars have taken on a unicorn type status.

Offered in individual “Event Only” Black packs of three and usually with the purchase of Tatuaje event cigars while supplies last, making them fairly hard to acquire and extremely sought after.

 

 

We spoke with Pete Johnson about the blend, he told Cigar Smoke “Depending on the production and the bands on the cigar, some were Broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan binders and fillers. The new ones have a Sumatra wrapper” he also said “We made the packs as a thank you to the consumers for supporting the brand and the retailers”.

 

 

Available Size:

  • Robusto: 4 7/8 x 50
  • Event Only: 3 Packs

 

 

  • APPEARANCE 

 

The wrapper is light to dark coffee bean in color with heavy tooth, vein and seam. The 4 7/8 x 50 event only cigar is rolled in the Robusto format with triple rounded cap and unfinished foot.

A single band sits on the vitola, brightly colored in white, black and orange with a sinister looking Jack O’lantern with “Tatuaje” and “Halloween” in black and orange font.

Along the sides reads “Tatuaje” in black font on a white background with “Halloween Series” in white on an orange background. The Tatuaje logo is in the middle of the band on the back.

3 cigars come in the event only packs reading “TATUAJE” and “3 PACK TATUAJE ROBUSTO EVENT ONLY NOT FOR RESALE” Pre-light aroma had notes of chocolate brownies, cedar and cocoa bean. The cold draw produced flavors of leather spice, dried fruit and sangria.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT 

 

An aroma of chocolate and campfire off the toasted foot. Initial flavors of mild char with a sweetness of thick maple, the vitola is burning at a higher level of combustion and extremely hot giving the first light flavors a toasty profile.

Once the blend settles in flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and black licorice. Background flavors of burnt molasses and damp earth.

Mild black pepper is present notable on the palate in between draws. A mild wasabi type burn through the nose on the retro producing a long and spicy balanced finish.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

At the half way point the vitola has cooled off, explosive out of the gate it has transitioned into more of a mellow smolder with cooler combustion. Flavors of cocoa bean with nuances of maple and raw cinnamon.

Background flavors of coffee, nougat and anise with a mild citrus zest.

Mild black pepper has remained consistent and present on the lips and palate in between draws. Wasabi on the retro has transitioned into clean white pepper evolving into flavors of mocha.

 

 

 

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third flavors of dark chocolate, nougat, anise and coffee are up front and on point.

Background flavors remain sweet in nature, raw cinnamon with thick maple are adding a nice complexity to the Tatuaje Pumpkin.

FULL white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of mocha.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction! Broadleaf done right the wrapper was thick and rustic looking. A few bumps and seam posed no issues with no palpable soft spots.

 

• BURN: Consistent combustion of wrapper, binder and filler. The vitola burned hot at first light then cooled into a continuous smolder to the final draw.

 

• ASH: The ash was grayish black and was some what loose. Burning past the inch point the second example flowered slightly, but returned to shape in the final third tapping off with ease.

 

• CUT: V cut all 3 examples.

 

• DRAW: The draw at first light had slight resistance due to the unfinished foot, however it eased up with the first few draws under flame producing the perfect amount of resistance.

 

• RE LIGHTS: Zero

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch grenade.

 

• STRENGTH: MEDIUM PLUS to FULL bodied with a plethora of sweet and perfectly balanced spicy flavors. Seasoned Aficionados recommended but not required.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

Some final thoughts on the Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkin, it wasn’t a pepper bomb, it was a flavor bomb! Extremely balanced with some upper level complexity and the perfect transition of bold, sweet and spicy goodness.

I did my due diligence on the event only cigars and all three examples were continually consistent from first light to final third.

The last lone cigar will be paired tonight on All Hallows Eve with some coffee infused Pumpkin beer raising a mug and toasting to the “Original King of the Broadleaf” Pete Johnson and Tatuaje!

 



Cigar reviewed: Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkin

Cigars for review: Purchased (3 Pack) Plus 1

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 4 7/8 x 50 Robusto

Wrapper: Broadleaf or Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: Unknown (Event Only)

Photo Credit: Cigar Smoke

 

 

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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