Blind Cigar Review: Tatascan | Connecticut RobustoCigar Info

Tatascan was introduced by CLE cigars at the 2015 IPCPR Tradeshow that was spearheaded by Christian Eiroa’s father, Julio Eiroa. This was the elder Eiroa’s chance to make his own style of cigar, his way. Tatascan translates to “Head Boss” and is described as an affordable everyday option. Tatascan is rolled at Julio Eiroa’s Las Lomas factory in Honduras and is a mild Honduran puro.
Later in 2015 Christian Eiroa announced that his father, Julio and brother, Justo, were forming their own brand of cigars under the company name, JRE Tobacco Co. that would include all of their their brands which are Aladino, Rancho Luna and Tatascan. Eiroa said his father is truly a pioneer in the tobacco and cigar business, and his mentor. His older brother and personal hero, is an agricultural engineer (graduated from the Agriculture School El Zamorano University in Honduras). He spent over 22 years building a bottled water company in Honduras and the last 4 years with Campbell Soup Company. He is extremely knowledgeable in leaf tobacco and an expert in consumer products and distribution chain management.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

As of February 1st, 2016, JRE Tobacco Co. has their own distribution and sales and marketing teams. This decision was made to protect his father’s specific vision to present to customers traditional Cuban blends. He has not spared one expense and has personally taken care of every single detail of his tobacco and his blends.

Blind Cigar Review: Tatascan | Connecticut RobustoVital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Authentic Corojo
Filler: Habano, Authentic Corojo
Factory: Las Lomas
Blender: Julio Eiroa
Number of reviewers: 5 Isaac M. (The Nothing) Zane G. (Zane) Jeff R. (JR) Gregg (McGreggor57) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Price: $6.00
Age: 8 Months
Release Date: July 2015
Contributed by: CLE Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Tatascan | Connecticut RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This cigar had a good look to it. The Connecticut wrapper is applied perfectly and you can get a sense of how delicate it is just by looking at it” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Aroma: 89

“Simple aromas of tobacco and hay with a slight sweetness on the cold draw.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

First Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Light-Medium

“The cigar lit up with a lot of cream, and kind of sweet. It had a light body with a bit of sweetness and that reminded me of corn flakes.There was a bit of white pepper notes on the retro. Towards the end of the first the creaminess was relentless and brought some black pepper that combined to remind me of a peppery corn chowder.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

“I get a syrupy sweetness right off the bat on the lips. This cigar has a sweet cap. Blast of pepper on the lips as well. Getting a strong floral note through the retro almost pipe tobacco level. Primary flavor is the sweetness of the cap and pepper with a little hint of citrus/floral in the background.” –Zane G. (Zane)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Light-Medium

“While my wheelhouse mostly seems to gravitate towards more fuller-bodied & complex blends; the mellowness of this blend is enjoyable & a welcomed change. The cedar notes are barely holding on while the sweet cream & warm bread are still dominate. I am also picking up hints of graham cracker & vanilla. Smoke production is thick & tasty, while the strength is almost nonexistent.” –Jeff R. (JR)

“As the cigar progressed into the middle portion the draw has opened up and the smoke output has really increased as a result. The flavors haven’t really changed much, however, with the exception of a sweet cream note that has developed. It is really faint, though, and the main flavors are simple and airy tobacco.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Light-Medium

“This has to be a borderline “flavored” cigar. The sweetness is obvious while your more traditional cedar/woody notes are long gone by the time you cut & light. The draw is excellent & the burn was fine. The sweet cream, vanilla, and graham cracker flavors remained dominant pretty much throughout the cigar until I put the nub down with about an inch left. SIDE NOTE: surprisingly, it never burned hot or bitter; even with so little left.” –Jeff R. (JR)

“A little pepper returns to the retrohale as the tobacco flavor increases. Some harshness is creeping in coating my palate with a bit of heat. While not overpowering, it is a bit disappointing.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“Just the right amount of resistance.” –Zane G. (Zane)

Burn: 93

“The cigar never burned completely straight, but that’s OK by me. It never required relighting and put out a satisfying amount of smoke.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Construction: 92

“As a whole, the construction was acceptable. There were heavier veins than I’m accustomed to in a fine cigar, and the draw was a bit of an issue, otherwise it was a nicely I performing stick…excepting the lack of flavor.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Overall Strength: Mild-Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Light-Medium
Experience Overall: 88

“This cigar reminded me of what we’ve been seeing in the last couple years as Connecticut wrappers evolve with tastes of cigar smokers. I know I’ve been guilty up pushing Connies aside as I didn’t think they could provide me with enough flavor and body to find them enjoyable. Lately, cigars such as this one have caused me to take pause and reconsider the Connecticut wrapper as manufacturers continue to push the envelope of flavor and body. I’ll be more than happy to smoke another when I find out what this was.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

“If you could take the sweet cap off this cigar I would probably smoke it again. The Herbal/Floral note wasn’t overwhelming and I could actually taste the tobacco with a bit of wood here or there. If sweet capped cigars are your thing then this is for you. I was surprised how fast this cigar smoked as well. I am a slow smoker and usually a 5 x54 takes me at least 90 minutes.” –Zane G. (Zane)

“Let the record show that I will smoke just about anything one time. It doesn’t matter to me what kind of wrapper is hugging the blend. This one surprised me in a good way. The claro wrapper put out a lot of decent flavors….they were flavors that I didn’t expect. If I were a betting man (which I am), my money would say this would be catagorized as a “flavored cigars” in most cigar shops.” –Jeff R. (JR)

“Three distinct and contrasting thirds offered a lot of interest. A mild start followed by bolder flavors got my attention. The final third was a combination of the first two but fell victim to some harshness. Definitely a cigar I would re-visit.” –Gregg (McGreggor57)

“This wasn’t for me. From the first to the last puff there just weren’t any flavors that kept my attention. I hate to say it, but based upon this sample, I wouldn’t even recommend this to hand to a mooch friend, or smoke while mowing the lawn. I’ll pass if offered another.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 51

  •   Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 89% 89%
  • First Third 87% 87%
  • Second Third 88% 88%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  •   Draw 91% 91%
  • Burn 93% 93%
  • Construction 92% 92%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%

Total Score - Good - 89


Isaac M.929090909288909292
Zane G.888885858792959085
Jeff R.9088859087100929287
Jason H.908885858390889083

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Blind Cigar Review: Tatascan | Connecticut Robusto