Tatuaje - Black Tubo
You can check out my review of the Red Tubo here. I purchased that box at a Tatuaje event at The Humidour in Cockeysville, MD and got my hands on a coveted three-pack of Black Tatuaje Robustos. Those 3 cigar were absolutely amazing. They had a rugged look, shag foot and tasted like cigar candy. I've heard that the Black Tubos are supposed to be the same blend as the three-pack Blacks. While they may be blended the same or use a certain type of tobacco, I've also heard that they are nothing like the Robustos.
At $15 a stick, I was in no hurry to pick up a Black Tubo, but a big paycheck and a lazy Sunday led me to picking up a Black Tat.
This cigar gets a 10 out of 10 for presentation. The Tubo has an awesome look, the shag foot gives the cigar a unique look and the wrapper looks rugged yet appealling. The initial look had me thinking that this cigar would be similar to the three-pack Black Robustos I smoked months ago. I started to get excited.
The cigar had a sweet earthy aroma and felt firm throughout. The construction is top notch.
Sparking it -
If you've smoke Kristoffs, lighting a shag foot helps you get an even burn early on. This shag was no different. A few quick puffs on the torch and I'm in business. Anticipating the delicious flavors I savored months back I kick back and prepare myself for an hour and a half of relaxation. Right away I knew something wasn't quite right. The cigar had a good taste, but not the sweetness I remember in the Robustos.
An inch and a half in I realize that this is not the exact blend I got in the three-pack. I start to get a little disappointed, but I decided to drop the expectation and smoke this cigar and review it without comparing it to anything. The cigar has a dry, earthy taste and the burn is immaculate.
Smoking it and Thoughts -
The cigar burned wonderfully; you couldn't ask for a better made cigar. Unfortunately the flavors and character didn't match the construction. While the cigar didn't taste bad, it had very little complexity or evolution. I kept expecting the flavors to change as the cigar burned, but with each bit of expectation came a little bit of disappointment. If you're a Tatuaje fan, give this cigar a whirl because it may be something you like, but I expect a lot more out of a $15 cigar. I'd sooner smoke a Liga Privada or Padron Anniversary before kicking out that type of scratch for the blandness of this Black Label.
Maybe I'm being too critical because I was expecting more from a Black Tatuaje; maybe I'm expecting too much from a Tatuaje product (as I've almost never been disappointed by a Tatuaje product). Or maybe I'm pissed I paid $15 for a so-so flavored cigar.
Overall - C- (value of cigar played big role in lower grade)