The original Tatuaje T110 was based on an unreleased cigar called “Thermonuclear,” that Pete Johnson made in 2006. That cigar used was blended with 100% ligero tobaccos. In 2009, the first T110 was sold as an exclusive for R. Field Wine Co. in Hawaii. The T stood for Thermonuclear and the 110 is for the length of the cigar, 110mm. In the more common measurements, it measured 4 3/8 x 52. While the unreleased Thermonuclear was all ligero, the T110 was not, although very strong, using ligero and high-priming visos. The original Tatuaje T110 only saw a production of 390 boxes of 25, 200 of which were packaged normally and 190 of which were wet-packed in foil. The T110 was not released again until 2021, when we saw not only the original blend come back, but two new variations: Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial, using an Ecuadorian wrapper, and the Tatuaje T110 Reserve, using a Connecticut Broadleaf.
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. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
This time around, 1,000 boxes of 25 cigars were made of the original blend with 400 going to R. Field Wine Co. Production for the other variations was larger at 2,400 boxes each.
Length: 4 3/8″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Blender: Pete Johnson
Number of reviewers: 4 – Mickey T. (irratebass) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) John A. (Bostoneo)
Age: 1 Year
Release Date: May 2021
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
Initial Impressions – Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial
“This cigar is presented in a short, stout, Robusto vitola and is wearing a dark, slightly reddish-brown wrapper. It is firm and heavy in my hand and has a perfectly applied triple cap. There is one small vein in the final third that is causing the wrapper to lift just in one spot but I don’t anticipate any issues.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The aroma from the foot is pepper and dry earth, almost what I would describe as dusty. The body of the cigar is more of the same with more of a mustiness than dry earth. Prelight draw is great, with hints of fresh tobacco, citrus, and cacao.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“Right out of the gate my palate is greeted with crisp white pepper and cream soda…such an interesting combination but absolutely clear to my palate. The combination is captivating as the sweet cream note rides the finish until the next puff. Through the nose, the smoke has a light bite but is mainly smooth and just enhances the white pepper on my palate. A great start!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“The cigar starts off with a good dose of pepper, along with very rich chocolate, a little bit of graham cracker sweetness, and some hay. The retrohale has a very pleasant white pepper/cabinet spice note to it. Overall, there is a lingering anise note, in both the retro and on the tongue, that adds an interesting “zing” to the finish that really compliments the medium-Full body that the cigar has. Strength in in the medium range, nowhere near overpowering. Burn and draw are both excellent early on. This cigar is off to a very good start!” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“I am really liking this cigar as it enters the middle portion. The white pepper and cream soda are still in the front but I’m also now getting a fennel flavor that emerges from puff to puff. It’s fleeting but airways often enough that I get to enjoy it almost every puff. Through the nose, the smoke is a bit sharper as the cigar heats but still warrants a retrohale on every puff.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Moving into the second third, a bold bodied profile of leather, dates, and a slight sweet charred oak flavor. The flavors become more and more intense, satisfying the most flavor hungry palette. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“The cigar can’t make up its mind if it wants to be earthy or creamy. Every time I take a puff it changes profiles it seems lol. The strength is staying at a medium to boarding on a strong. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“The final part of the cigar is just as enjoyable as the first. Pepper, leather, charred meat, and cherrywood are the most notable, and the addition of fresh mushrooms late in the game. All the while the white pepper and cabinet spice notes of the retrohale are going full steam and are really exciting the nostrils! There is a lemon/lime soda effervescence that lingers in the retrohale that adds even more pleasure to the profile. The complexity of this blend is outstanding, and along with staying in the medium strength zone, it makes for a very enjoyable smoking experience. The burn and draw have been superb throughout.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Overall Impressions – Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial
“This large gauge vitola had a really nice, open draw and gave me tons of thick smoke. Effortless is my word to describe it.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“This is one of those great burners. Lines were razor sharp, never strayed, smoked wonderfully.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
“Phenomenal construction equals great draw and burn. This is a stunning example of how a cigar should be manufactured.” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 92
“I really enjoyed this cigar. It kept me on my toes with the transitions between earthy & creaminess. I got plenty of flavors of coffee, tea, must, peanuts, and cream. I would definitely smoke this again.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
“This is one of the better experiences I have had since being a panelist with Blind Man’s Puff. While the pre-light aromas were a little “odd” and had what I would describe as hints of dryness to it, the overall profile of the cigar was great! It developed nicely and changed all along the way, offering something different and enjoyable with each part of the cigar. This is a key point for me in rating a cigar, as I personally feel a cigar that develops a more favorable profile as it goes, is paramount to a rewarding smoking experience that keeps the smoker coming back for more.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
“This was a damn good cigar and an excellent way to start my day. I really enjoyed the sweet, creamy, peppery profile this started with and appreciate the bit of strength on the finish. I would happily smoke these on a regular basis!” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Overall, this was an amazing flavor bomb of a cigar. Huge notes of leather, peppery cream, and various sweet and wood notes are delivered without compromise. This blend is not for the faint of heart however, it did cause quite a headrush at times and was very strong. Go out and nab this cigar, try it out, see how you like it, I did, and so should you!” –John A. (Bostoneo)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 75
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