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Quick Smoke: Tatuaje Exclusive Series Hassell (Saints & Sinners 2011)

22 Apr 2012

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

Named after Pete Johnson’s middle name, Hassell is one of the exclusive blends that came in the initial welcome pack for Saints & Sinners, an online club for Tatuaje fans that includes access to some rare blends. Hassell takes the binder and filler from the 2008 L’Esprit de Vérité (100% Habano criollo tobacco from Pepin’s La Estrella farm in Nicaragua). But instead of the same criollo wrapper, Hassell uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The result of the change is a cigar that’s very distinct from the 2008 L’Esprit de Vérité. The broadleaf wrapper adds earth and chocolate notes to oak, cedar, and dry spice. It’s a tasty, well-constructed blend worth smoking if you ever have the chance.

Verdict = Buy.

Patrick S

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