Cigar Review: What a way to wake up

Tatuaje Petite Cabaiguan
Tatuaje Petite Cabaiguan

Cigar Name: Tatuaje Petite Cabaiguan (4 1/2 x 32)

Cigar Description: Connecticut Seed Shade Grown Ecuadorian with Nicaraguan filler and binder

Cigar Strength: Mild-Medium

Review of the Cigar itself: Do you know that there really is a 5am?? It’s shocking sometimes but it is there. And for some of us, it’s there so we can venture out and exercise a little. After my last doctor’s visit, I clued in that I really need to get more active. I’m very healthy except for some creeping blood pressure (my bad cholesterol is in a great range but my good cholesterol is a little too low). So this morning, after my 10 mile ride, I decided to rummage around the footlocker humidor to see what I could find. Since I have a class starting soon, I figured a smaller cigar would be a good thing. And there was my little Petite Cabaiguan. Eh. Why not?

I fired up my iTunes radio station and listened to Aerosmith and Run-DMC extolling the virtues of walking this way while I inspected the cigar. It’s a smaller cigar than I usually have but well constructed. It’s a deep chocolate color wrapper with a sweet smell to it and a tightly wound tiny curly tail on the head. Given the small guage this lit very easily with the butane torch. As I got into the first third, with Pink Floyd “The Wall (Part 2) — Waiting for the Worms” beating in the background, I got occassional punches of leather admist the earthy taste. It seems a perfect cigar for a morning that is cool and fresh after an evening of overnight showers. The ash was relatively solid but not solid enough to handle a drop.

I would definitely say that attention was given to this cigar as the band came off easily with a gentle tug. No extra glue was visible and the wrapper was intact. As I continued deeper into the cigar, the leather taste remained in the back and a richer earthy seem to weave it’s way in amongst some cedar flavour. It was pleasant and, as odd as it sounds, seemed like a perfect cigar to listen to George Thoroughgood’s very familar guitar rifts and raspy voice (Gear Jammer). But the deepest flavour came out as I got to near the end of the middle of the cigar and started getting into the last third.

When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed,and calm refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name”
— Charles H. Spurgeon quotes (English preacher of 19th century 1834-1892)

A hint of spiciness began to appear with an almost sweet taste to it. The creamy leather has almost disappated from the cigar at this point and the earthy taste, almost like a cool wet morning, remains with the rich spice in the background. The spice taste continued to tickle the tongue as I smoked this down to the smallest nub. Ah, heaven first thing in the morning. I think it may be worthwhile to find a few more of these to enjoy.

Enjoyed with: water and a can of Red Bull

Smoke time: approximately 70 minutes

Final Review Rating: 9/10

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