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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Apocalypse

5 Dec 2012

Over two years ago we exclusively reported the introduction of Tatuaje Anarchy, a cigar made only for the Smoke Inn stores in the Palm Beach area. Now, Smoke Inn and Tatuaje are following up that release with the Tatuaje Apocalypse.

While Anarchy (6.125 x 48-52) sported an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the Apocalypse (5.25 x 48-52) has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. Pre-orders began Thanksgiving Day and the cigar, which retails for $8.95 or $134.25 for a box of 15, will officially be released on December 14th. Only 1,300 boxes will be made.

The single pre-release Apocalypse I smoked for this review was provided to me by Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn. Dababneh explained why my sample has the old Anarchy black band—not the new Apocalypse red band—in a letter that accompanied the smoke: “Unfortunately, unlike our other releases, we will not be receiving our shipment until just before our release date,” he wrote. “All we have is one box of 15 sticks that Pete [Johnson] brought back from Nicaragua and a bundle he gave me at the IPCPR show this year. The cigars from the bundle unfortunately do not have the correct bands…”

Frankly, I could care less which band adorns my Apocalypse. I just feel fortunate for the opportunity to test the cigar out before its debut, especially since it makes such a good first impression. With a dark, oily wrapper, an interesting cap, and potent pre-light notes of chocolate, the Apocalypse is one of those cigars I’d have a hard time letting age in my humidor.

Made at My Father Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, Apocalypse is intended to be “highly reminiscent” of Anarchy, but with “somewhat of a more concentrated fashion.” Based on my experience with Anarchy and my colleague’s 2010 review, I was expecting a spicy smoke with notes of leather, cream, chocolate, and coffee. What I found at the outset was pretty similar: a sandy texture with a profile of black pepper, cocoa, espresso, peanut, and dark chocolate. As it progressed, creamier notes emerged to lighten the spice and provide balance. The overall impact was a full-flavored smoke with minimal nicotine kick and tempered spice. Construction was excellent, save for a meandering burn line that required a few touch-ups.

Pre-orders are expected to ship from Smoke Inn on Monday, December 17. Folks who decide to give Apocalypse a try will be pleased with the quality and balance it offers for what I believe is a reasonable price. That’s why I’m awarding this Smoke Inn exclusive four stogies out of five.

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-Patrick A

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