There are few cigars that make us stogie geeks’ ears perk up when we hear it’s name. And this is one of those cigars. Pete Johnson is at it again with the Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve. And now, these fan favorites are a regular production item in his extensive portfolio. Tat Black is back and available now.
What am I smoking?
Cigar Review: Tatuaje Private Reserve Black Label
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Ring Gauge: 38
Vitola: Petite Lancero
Packaging & Design
The Tatuaje Black Label come packaged in black cedar boxes of 20 cigars with silver logos and lettering on the top and sides. These are sleek looking cases. On a side note, a few years ago, there was a release of these cigars that came in plastic jars. That release had new, glossy black and silver bands on them. For this release, Pete has decided to go back to the original style matte black bands with the exception of the corona gorda. which still holds on to the newer band. Personally, I am happy to see the old style bands make a return as it brings me right back to when I smoked my first one.
The cigar itself is rugged yet uniform. There are minimal seams and veins, but is has a slightly bumpy feel to it giving it an interesting texture. The caps are laid on nicely, and are easily clipped away with my cutter. The smell from the foot is faint, but offers up some notes of aged tobacco and cedar. The prelight draw on the Tatuaje Black Label shows some earthy and peppery nuances as well.
Right after lighting, there is a massive burst of black pepper through the nose and a spicy sensation that coats my palate. It’s a very lively smoke already, offering up some interesting and a rapidly changing taste.
During the second third, the pepper has started to mellow out a bit, letting the other notes to shine through. Earth, cayenne and dried figs are the backbone of this cigar right now. I’m also starting to feel a bit of its power, but it’s nothing too intense. It’s a nicely balanced cigar at this point and is performing well in the construction department.
In the final third, the notes of leather have grown and complimented nuances of cocoa powder and salted almonds on the draw. The peppery sensations are still there, especially though the nose, making for an exciting and tasty bouquet.
I’m glad these are here to stay this time around. I was one of those guys that would scoop these up as soon as they hit the shelves for every release. Because for me, I feel it’s one of Pete’s best blends. The Tatuaje Black Label is a cigar that has a cult-like following for a reason. And if you want to see what it’s all about, you’d best snag a box or two.