Tatuaje Avion ’12

Make: Tatuaje 

Size: Perfecto

Length: 5 5/8″ or 143mm

Gauge: 48-52

Country: Nicaragua

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano Maduro

Now I feel bad reviewing so many Tatuajes and Cubans but honestly, Pete knows what he’s doing and is making incredible cigars.  Lets get this going but first here is an except from Atlantic Cigar’s website

Avion “Fausto” Special Selection cigars, the Avion is a size extension of the Fausto line which will be released as a new size every year for the next 3 years, the good news is that it will remain in full production!  This year for 2011 size is the Avion 11’s, a box pressed 6 ¾ x 48/52 Perfecto Grande. The blend is said to be based on the T110 aka the Thermo-nuclear blend create to be one powerful smoke. The Fausto by Tatuaje gets it strength and flavor profile from an Ecuador Habano Maduro wrapper followed by strong blend of tobaccos from Nicaraguan which is comprised mainly of ligero from Jalapa and Esteli. Like most of Pete’s smokes the Fausto cigar brand are full in strength but deliver loads of flavor. The cigars are packaged in boxes of 20 cigars, a must try for those Nicaraguan full bodied cigar fans.

The cigar is a neat box press and the wrapper is a nice shade of maduro, almost looks like coffee beans. The construction and feel are very solid and I can tell this is going to be a good smoke. After taking my desk top cutter to the cap of this, I can taste some spices, cinnamon, roasted coffee and raisins.  The finish is almost sweet like cherry candy.

Once lit the first third begins pretty spicy, and some leather as we progress. As we reach the second third it’s been pretty much all spice and leather, which is enjoyable and the smoke is very smooth which makes it almost a full bodied cigar to start. Right before the second third, I begin to taste the transition, all of a sudden a sweet short bread cookie flavour followed by cocoa.

As the second third progresses brown sugar arrives for a sweetness that has been very delicate until now. Hazelnuts and coffee flavours begin to take over  from the spicy leather that the first third had.  The finish is almost a peppercorn but nothing to spicy.  Vanilla bean and cocoa meld with tobacco, brown sugar and coffee to give a decadent finish to the second third of the cigar.  The burn has needed to be corrected once but the ash has been holding each third.

This cigar has been very good and full of flavour, after hearing how strong these blends are I was surprised how smooth this cigar is now that I am tasting. I paired this with Havana club and coke, which I enjoyed with this cigar.  The final third has been reflecting much off the first third with intense spice and almost steak like flavours.  The coffee and sweetness are still present on the finish but this full bodied cigar has really built up quickly on me.

My final thoughts are that this is a very complex sleeper, it becomes full bodied out of nowhere towards the end and without notice.  The cigar is full of genuinely fantastic flavours and well built complexity.  You have done it again Pete.

Final Score 90/100



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