Brand: Tatuaje Country: Nicaragua
Size: Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Estelí
Price: $10.00 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
With so many editions of the Tatuaje Black Label having been released over the years, it can often be difficult to keep them straight. Perhaps that’s why the 2013 Corona Gorda features a label with a little more bling. I think they could have gone the extra mile and referred to the stick as the Tatuaje Black Label Lil Jon. Or, if you wanted to give it a more Spanish vibe, the Tatuaje Black Label Pequeño Juan.
What We Liked:
The label isn’t the only thing that’s changed from the petite lancero, as the 2013 Lil Jon also comes with a closed foot. It may have nothing to do with that new feature, but the initial half-inch was rough, with a spicy and edgy harshness. The only reason I lean towards the foot being an issue is because I recently had a very similar experience with the Nica Rustica, another cigar featuing a closed foot. Regardless, it’s definitely something that I didn’t experience in the petite lancero.
Once that subsides, the experience becomes much more pleasant, with a combination of leather, spice, and a meaty component reminiscent of the Kristoff Corojo Limitada. By the time you reach halfway, the stick has really turned into a beauty. There is less peppery spice, but it still gives you a nice kick on the finish. The natural tobacco that I recall fondly from the petite lancero has shown up as well, bringing the 2013 edition much more into a profile that I can get behind.
This stick came to me by way of Tom F., an incredibly awesome fan of our site. I don’t like saying bad things about a stick that I was sent by a fan, but Tom is cool so I don’t think it will ruin our virtual friendship. Right Tom? Tom!? TOOOOM!!!!??? Sorry, I’ve been watching way too much Archer.
What We Didn’t Like:
I feel a bit bamboozled by the 2013 Black Label. Had I gone into this stick blind, there is no way I would have guessed correctly what I was smoking. Aside from the natural tobacco flavors in the middle, it’s difficult to imagine a cigar less like it’s previous iteration. I still enjoyed the cigar, but recommend you don’t go in expecting the same Tat Black you’ve grown to love. Although it won’t surprise me if you end up loving this edition just as much.
And, while the second half was fantastic, I do think the petite lancero is a better stick from start to finish. Of course, I haven’t smoked anywhere near enough of either to be willing to put that in stone. And besides, I don’t have the faintest idea of how to work a chisel.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I think most people already know if they are going to give this new edition a shot. If you are even the smallest fan of Tatuaje or the Black Label in particular, picking up some of this release is the obvious thing to do. And don’t take long to make up your mind, as they may not hang around on shelves long enough to survive your indecision.