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Review: Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador Tainos (2007)

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Matt Masters
Written by Matt Masters

THE RUNDOWN

“Occasionally, here at CM, we get the opportunity to review and smoke aged or “vintage” cigars. This is one of those instances. For today’s review Matt will be taking a spin with a Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador – Tainos “box-dated” from 2007. The Tainos is probably our favorite size in the original Tatuaje Brown Label and one of the few Double Corona’s with tobacco outside of Cuba that just works. So sit back, relax and enjoy.” – Josh

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Country of Manufacture: Miami, USA
Rolled: El Rey de los Habanos factory
Size: 7.625×49 Double-Corona
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Quantity smoked: 1
Box-Date: 2007

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Pre-Light Notes:
  • Mocha brown wrapper
  • Fair amount of veins strewn from cap to foot
  • Solid feel yet light in the hand, no soft spots
  • Well-packed foot, nice triple cap
  • Wrapper: earth, faint black pepper, bitter tobacco
  • Foot: mulling spices, bread, earth
  • Cold Draw: snug yet workable draw. Faint bread, earth

THE SMOKE

First Third

Immediately after lighting, my palate is enveloped by creamy, chewy smoke. Even considering this cigar has 7 years of age on it, the Tainos’ signature Tatuaje pepper stayed intact through the nose. The pepper is right in between cayenne & black pepper in both flavor & sensation. A caramel-like sweetness accompanied by notes of almond coat my palate & sinus. Undertones of earth & bread waiver underneath. Long finish consisting of caramel, pepper & almond. Mild-medium body. Mild strength.

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Second Third

Floral tones manifest themselves during the beginning of the second third. A lot of the times a floral tone can become overwhelming & unpleasant but that’s not the case here; very well-balanced within this cigar’s profile. Still as creamy as before in terms of smoke texture. The pepper has maintained through the second third yet has taken on all the characteristics of black pepper only at this point. Caramel is deepening in flavor, now more reminiscent of toffee. Almond, earth & bread sustain at the same rate through the second third. Long, substantial finish of caramel, black pepper, almond, bread & floral tones. Medium body. Mild-Medium strength.

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Final Third

Coming to the end of this cigar, there have been substantial changes from the second third. While the Tainos held onto its creamy smoke texture, the black pepper has all but disappeared from the profile. Along with this, the toffee-like sweetness has transformed into a citrus-like sweetness. Instead of floral notes, now a more distinct coriander tone has taken its place. Flavors of almond & bread have waned, but are still there. Long finish consisting of sweet citrus, coriander & almond. Medium body. Mild-Medium strength.

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FINIS

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From the creamy smoke characteristic, to the bread, caramel, almond & citrus notes that inhibit this cigar—the Tainos is a Marquee through & through.

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I think the age took away more from this cigar instead of complimenting it. Although the flavors & smoke texture were very refined, I couldn’t help but to feel like its profile had been “hollowed-out” to an extent. There was always that notion running in my mind, “This is really good, but something’s missing.” I account this to the age. I think perhaps 3-5 years of age on this cigar would have let it reach its pinnacle.

I’ve almost been criticizing this Tainos for an entire paragraph now, but that’s because I (and Josh) love this blend, and certainly had high expectations considering the 7 years of age. With that said, it was still a very enjoyable smoking experience. There was no point in smoking where I felt like I was “put-off” in any way. The flavor shifts from the second to final third were a unique experience as well. I can’t remember the last cigar I smoked that had such a distinct coriander note.

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Special thanks to Paul Patel for the cigar

About the author

Matt Masters

Matt Masters

Matt is a figure who is able to observe the chaos around him but not always be a part of it. Matt is generally completely indifferent to what goes on in his friends' lives, seeing their misery as merely an entertaining distraction, as well as an opportunity for joke material. He often plays along with their hare-brained schemes (like this site), even encouraging them, often just to see them fail.