Roasted Coffee & Aztec Chocolate (Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu Robusto)

2016-04-17 20.13.24Do you ever end up with cigars in your humidor and you don’t really have any idea where in the world they came from?

So this happened to me.  I’m pretty sure a friend gave it to me, and I’m pretty sure I intended it for review, because I left it in the little baggie it came in.  This was a robusto cigar (5.2 inches and a 50 ring gauge) called a Tatuaje Havana VI Verocu.  It displayed a lovely dark-as-night chocolate satin wrapper and a beautiful triple cap, presented in a Coca-Cola red, white, and silver label.  Double-checking it at Cigars International, I learned that the wrapper is actually a Nicaraguan Rosado Oscuro.  I was immediately even more excited.  Oscuros seem to be fairly uncommon.  I don’t get to have them very often, and I’ve loved every one I’ve ever tried.  The fillers are Habano Nicarguan, and it’s billed as a full-bodied cigar.

Since it was evening, I decided that it would be a good time to dive into an Oscuro; I probably would have saved it for another time had it been earlier in the day.  The wrapper note, when I broke into the baggie, was like burnt coffee, but not unpleasantly so; kind of like a Starbucks coffee before you put all the sugar and cream in it; or maybe a bit like dark chocolate covered coffee beans.  Exactly what you might expect of a good oscuro.  It punched easily with my bullet punch.

2016-04-17 20.13.38The room note, upon toasting the foot, reminded me of the scent of a local craft coffee place when you drive by at the time they’re roasting coffee beans.  And the first draw was similar, with strong beef and coffee elements that persisted through the first third, lasting about forty minutes.  It produced voluminous smoke and a clean-burning cylindrical ash that lasted most of that first third.  I found it to be full-bodied, but not as full-bodied as, say, a Rocky Patel, so it might be a better choice for a more casual smoker such as myself.

The second third evolved naturally and progressively into cocoa and espresso, with perhaps just a hint of cayenne underneath.  Just like a bittersweet Aztec chocolate! You know; that spicy chocolate that is usually dark and has chillis in it?  I eat it a lot because I like spicy things and I’m lactose-intolerant but a chocolate responder (which, since I also smoke cigars, meaning I’m into sensory experiences, should surprise no one).  And that lasted right into the last third as well, which, all told, was about an hour.  It went out naturally near the end of the stub, and though I tried, it would not relight.

A lovely surprise, to be sure!  I give this one:

Stars - 4 and a half

I’m not sure where mine came from, but you can get the Havana IV Verocu at Cigars International for $42.50 USD for a five pack and about $160 USD for a box of twenty.  And that’s a lady’s perspective!


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