The Label Factor:
The most interesting thing about the Tatuaje Black Label is not the label, which follows the same pattern as the Seleccion De Cazador and Havana VI, but the story behind the stick. When Pete Johnson, founder of Tatuaje, travelled to Cuba, a local man handed him a cigar that he had rolled himself. While not the prettiest stick, the flavors and aromas resonated with Pete. So, after returning to Nicaragua, Pete worked with the Garcia family to recreate the experience. The Black Label is that recreation.
You can check out the full story of the Tatuaje Black Label here.
What We Liked:
After cutting, the pre-light draw left me confused and intrigued. There were almost no distinct flavors to be picked out. I felt as though Tatuaje Black Label was playing hard to get – daring me to light her up in order to discover her hidden secrets. Not one to disappoint a lady, I obliged her.
Upon lighting up, the intrigue did not subside, but was instead heightened. The Black Label starts with a very natural, sweet tobacco flavor with pepper lingering on the back of your tongue. At this point, I’m having flashbacks to the Headley Grange, another lovely cigar with a sweet, natural profile.
As I continued smoking, I couldn’t help but feel like I was smoking tobacco in it’s purest, simplest form. To put it another way – the entire profile is fresh and clean. There are certainly other flavors to find, such as a subtle nuttiness and that pepper I mentioned earlier, but nothing jumps out and says, “Yo! It’s me! Mr. Nut!.” Instead, the profile is nuanced, delicious and yet mysterious. It’s a lot like seeing a great movie; hours after the credits roll, you find you can’t stop reflecting on the experience.
What We Didn’t Like:
I have a problem. I can’t help but rank order cigars by the same company after smoking them…which brings me to the Black Label. Where do I put this enigma in my list? At this point in my smoking journey, I have to say that I would reach for the Brown Label over the Black Label. However, this may be slightly misleading. The Black appears to be a more nuanced smoke that I hope to revisit every few months to see what new flavors I can pick out. In that case, I could easily see myself changing how I feel about this stick down the road.
To bring back the movie analogy for second; the Brown Label is the movie you have seen dozens of times and can recite all the lines. The Black Label, on the other hand, is the movie that you really need to pay attention to, as you don’t want to miss anything important. It really all depends on your mood.
Should You Try/Buy It:
It’s a nice change of pace to have a cigar challenge you every once in a while. You can’t just live a life of chocolate and coffee all the time. You need some subtlety! You need some nuance! The Tatuaje Black Label has both of those things. If you find yourself looking to experience a new flavor profile and perhaps expand your palate, you can’t do much better than the Tatuaje Black Label.
Interested in trying the Tatuaje Black Label? You can purchase it here.