Brand: Tatuaje Country: USA
Size: Noellas 5 1/8 x 42 Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Price: $7.20 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the label was the Illusione Epernay. Both are wrapped in small, attractive, and simple bands. The back contains a few fleurs-de-lis but is otherwise as straight forward a label as they come; and that’s a good thing. Because it lacks the text “Seleccion De Cazador”, it’s no mystery as to why it’s often referred to as “The Brown Label.”
What We Liked:
First of all, it’s difficult not to notice how fantastic the Brown Label looks. I’ll forgive you if you take a moment to scroll down and back up again at all the photos. Are you back? Cool. That beauty is not just wrapper deep, as the construction was fantastic from start to finish. While the stick itself isn’t the smokiest, the draw is so smooth you’ll find yourself wondering when you are going to stop spewing smoke after each draw. My mouth was a clown car filled with smoke…and I liked it.
Kicking things off, the Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador has a rich, sweet tobacco flavor with only the slightest black pepper lingering on the back of your tongue. After a few minutes, I started picking up a strong espresso flavor along with a delicious nuttiness. With the smoke filling my mouth, the flavors were pronounced and delicious, easily putting the Brown Label in the full body category. I didn’t pick up many more nuances than that, but the flavors mesh well together in a delicious cocoon that hatches into a butterfly of tastiness.
I smoked the TSDC when I had only a limited amount of time available. This is, perhaps, the ideal lunch break smoke. The full body delivers tons of flavor while the strength maxes out at medium. You can easily smoke this and return to work with a smile on your face and walking in a straight line. Your boss might ask why you smell like black pepper and nuts and sweet tobacco.
What We Didn’t Like:
Being that it’s such a short smoke, I really wish it weren’t $7.20. If I could snag a five pack for $25, I could see myself buying a bunch of these for when I am short on time. As the little kids start piling up in my life, I’m going to need more shorter smokes for those quick moments when I have a chance to sneak a cigar in!
On the flip side, these are hand rolled in Miami, which is pretty awesome. I like being able to smoke a cigar rolled in the USA. I think it’s worth a couple extra bucks to smoke a home-rolled cigar. Plus, it gives me yet another reason to chant U-S-A and confuse my neighbors.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I feel like the guy who shows up to the party a day late wondering where everybody is. I’m sure most of you readers have already tried the Seleccion De Cazador, and with good reason. It delivers a delicious flavor profile paired with excellent construction, with the price being the only real sticking point for me. I think I’ll go for a slightly larger ring gauge next time, just so I feel I’m getting more bang for my buck. Regardless, being that this is my first real introduction to Tatuaje, I’m eagerly anticipating trying the rest.
Interested in trying the Tatauje Brown Label? You can purchase it here.