This Surrogates Satin Glove has been highly recommend so I decided to try it out and properly review it. Surrogates is essentially a sub-brand of L’Atelier Imports. The company is ran by Pete and K.C. Johnson, Pete of course is the mastermind of Tatuaje Cigars. This is the latest release from Surrogates that made it’s debut at IPCPR last year.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Size: Robusto 5.0 x 50
Originally released in 2011 as limited edition, box-pressed lancero, this Tattoo is a new blend. The original stick had huge following due to it’s flavor packed profile and low price. There was a ton of hype leading up the release of the Tattoo and for good reason, a boutique brand like this normally commands double the price. The wrapper is a deep chocolate color with well defined leaf markings. The band is elegantly done with a blood red background, gold borders and white lettering. A cold draw starts with full earthy flavor and a hint of black pepper. Cold draw continues with full earthy flavor and a hint of black pepper.
First puffs– The first few puffs are a little harsh with a strong tobacco and leather profile. There is just a pinch of black pepper trying to fight through the savory leather.
First third– This stick has started to mellow out and the black pepper is mixing well with the bold earthy taste. So far the draw is perfect and smoke production is on the heavier side. After the harsh beginning I am presently surprised at how well this cigar tastes.
Second third– A nice cocoa flavor is starting to make its self present. Now the flavor has really smoothed out and is very enjoyable. There is a bit of a nutty almond flavor at the end of the draw.
Final third– All of the dominant flavors are bold and present. The only way to explain it, is a perfect blend of the first 2/3s of the stick. Smoking down to the nub, there is just a slight hint of cinnamon. The draw continues to be flawless and the cigar burned perfectly even.
Overall this is one of the best sticks released so far in 2014. This is a great medium blend, perfect for new smokers. With such a low price point it would be a great everyday smoke. I want to thank Joe from Baxter’s Cigars (@BaxtersCigars), in Phoenix, for recommending I try this cigar.
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Size: Torpedo 6.0 x 52
This cigar commemorates 10yrs for My Father/Tatuaje cigars joint venture. Limited production repackaged brown label Seleccion de Cazador with gold band and an uncut foot. A very special cigar that is new for 2013 only. The initial smell is so nice, it has a sweet and almost floral smell to it. The cold draw also has a sweet flavor with a touch of spice. The wrappers leaves are a nice chocolate brown with lines being dark and visible. It also has a nice oily sheer to it with a sharp torpedo tip.