Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to:  1) Assess
“pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically
pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously
assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system.  
Today, we assign numeric ratings to two previously assessed cigars from Tatuaje Cigars – the Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial and the El Triunfador Original Blend.

Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial

Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial

The Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial was the third cigar released by Tatuaje cigars in the “7th vitola”.  The “7th” is actually  a 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda vitola.   There were two releases in this vitola: – the Seleccion de Cazador 7th features an
Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, while the Tatuaje Reserva 7th features a
Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.    The Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial adds another wrapper to the collection- this time an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.  The binder and filler are Nicaraguan Garcia family tobaccos.

The 7th Capa Especial as a highly complex flavor profile.  It starts out with flavors of coffee and espresso and transitions midway to notes of citrus, nut and tea.  Also present are notes of pepper and leather.   This is well-balanced medium to full strength, medium to full-bodied cigar On this scoring of the cigar, this had a much better draw than originally assessed.  

Here is the original assessment of the Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial

Assessment: Nice to Have
Score: 91

El Triunfador (Original Blend) by Tatuaje

El Triunfador Original Blend by Tatuaje

El Triunfador was the name of an old Cuban line of cigars.  The brand name was resurrected and turned into a line of cigars by Tatuaje head Pete Johnson.   Most of the cigars in this line utilize an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, but the first cigar to be branded with El Triunfador by Johnson actually uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

The El Triunfador Original Blend utilizes Nicaraguan binder and filler.  It is only available in one vitola – a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero  (there also is an Ecuadorian Habano lancero called the El Triunfador No. 6)

The flavor profile consists of notes of coffee, espresso, pepper/cedar spice, cherry sweetness, and hazelnut.  This is a medium strength cigar that starts out medium to full-bodied and graduates to full-bodied.  This cigar also has had a consistently solid burn and draw.

Here is the original assessment of the El Triunfador Original Blend.

Assessment: Nice to Have
Score: 89