After logging another eight uneventful hours we settled down for the night in Valdosta, GA; located off the Interstate just before you cross over into Florida. This seemed like a good place to stop, lots of motels and restaurants to choose from, and left us a manageable six-hour drive the next day. Unpacked, freshened-up, and sated with Buffalo wings and a few cold pops from an Applebee’s across the parking lot, we walked back to the motel room and sat outside, drinks in hand. It was another warm evening, palm fronds swaying in the tropical breeze. I decided tonight I would not be denied a cigar.
Again a bit tired and not wanting to invest more than an hour or so in a smoke, I perused my Armored Travel Humidor and plucked out a Tatuaje Havana VI. The 46-ring gauge and 5.62" length assured a manageable commitment. Purchased on a whim from a B&M back in my home state of Michigan, this corona rested in my humidor for several months. In spite of the variety of cigars the Cigar Scholar samples, I had yet to try the Tatuaje line; although I’m aware of the cult following surrounding this trendy Pete Johnson brand. This particular puro (all Nicaraguan tobaccos), created under the watchful eye of master blender Don Pepin Garcia, was solidly constructed with a dark and oily, sandpapery wrapper and a thin, subtle, blood-red band. I sliced the Cuban triple-cap using my Montecristo Signature Slimline Samurai Cutter*. Feet up, pump primed, I settled in and lit the fuse…
Ah sweet nectar…™! Initial puffs produced top notes of pepper and spice with silky earth undertones. I liked the flavor profile of this little cigar – robust without being harsh, and with a nice complexity. The cigar burned well, held a tight white ash, and maintained a medium-to-full bodied profile throughout. Perhaps some cocoa and graphite near the finish? In any event, this modest cigar packed a punch. Intrigued, I vowed to try more of these when I got home.
There I sat, under the swaying fronds of a palm tree, savoring the thick smoke and hearty finish of the Tatuaje Havana VI. A nice comfortable buzz settled over me; which if you are a cigar lover you will know what I’m talking about. Next to me sat my wife, pontificating about something-or-other and enjoying a glass of wine. And all was well with the world.
* The Xikar Xi remains my everyday go-to cutter. But when mobile I want a guillotine cutter with a slimmer profile. Part of a Montecristo gift pack for being a caller on the Cigar Dave Show, the Montecristo Samurai guillotine cutter is hand crafted of the finest Japanese steel, and will accommodate cigars up to a 60 ring gauge. It comes with a leather sheath, but without the sheath could probably fit into your wallet. You can find the cutters through various online merchants.