Tatuaje Avion 11 – First Impressions

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Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Source : Pete generously handed this to me at CigarExpo

First I will apologize for another written review but i have been down and out with the weather and my neck hurting so bad. I hope to be back to videos for my next review.

I have a treat, hopefully, for you today in the Tatuaje Avion 11.

This cigar is a size extension from the Fausto line and will introduce a new size each year for the next 3 years.

For the first year’s size we have a nice looking box pressed grand perfecto which is 6.75×48/52.

As I stated above, Pete Johnson was kind and handed myself and Walt one of these at Cigar Expo. This is the only one I have had so this is a first impressions.

Pre-Light

Taking a gander at the Tatuaje Avion 11 and the shape of the cigar just stands out. It just strikes me with the belicoso head and the tapered foot along with the box pressing. Mine has a little bit of wrapper coming undone at the foot of the cigar but I do not foresee any problems.

Only scent from the wrapper and foot is a slight barnyard smell.

Cold draw is very nice and open and does not have much taste at all.

Let’s burn this puppy (ok, PETA, I meant that figuratively)

First Third

Starting out this Tatuaje Avion 11 and it surprised me right off the bat by being pretty tame out of the blocks. I am getting a nice chocolate and wood taste with a nice slathering of a mild spice. Something tells me this is going to sneak up on me and kick my ass.

About a half an inch in and the spice really lingers on the palette with a bit of a punch to it. I do not use hardly and spices while cooking and I hate making everything taste hot (really, why? If you like the taste of the food don’t hide it), so it is a little hard to pin this spice down. Does seem a little “hot” to me like a cayenne pepper or similar.

Ending the first third and the spice is still right up front along with the woody taste. Every now and again I would get a leather taste also.

Power is also building. I don’t know yet if I will be crying like a girl by the end or not but it is building.

Second Third

Zipping into the second third of this Tatuaje Avion 11 and I am surprised at how much I like the spice taste in the cigar, it really gives it changes in flavor constantly and make a nice smoke.

Not a whole lot changed in this third but it remained a nice smoke with the spice, wood, leather and even a tiny bit of coffee poked it’s head up.

Power is still building and I am readying the tissues.

Final Third

Heading into the ending portion of this Tatuaje Avion 11 and so far, so good.

Spice has not ramped up any more and it seems to be lower in intensity towards the end.

Ok we definitely hit the full range here at the end with a nicotine hit to boot. I am not crying like Brain Hewitt when Walt yells at him though. Might be the vicodin that helped.

Spice seemed to meld with the leather and wood flavors and made a very nice taste.

At the very end it did get a little rough but i am talking the last half inch or so.

Wrap-Up

Would I buy it again? Yes. Let me add a but to that. I would buy more but I would not smoke them constantly due to the power and my tastes are more in the mild to medium range. I think this cigar would go awesome with a good steak with no spice, rubs, sauces, etc. I think the cigar would take care of any added taste you would have wanted.

I will read this review again tomorrow to make sure it is coherent since taking vicodin has been the only way to dull the pain here of late.