This year marks a big milestone in the history of Tatuaje Cigars being their 10th Anniversary. Going from what started as a very small boutique brand to one of the most talked about brands in the business in such a short time is very impressive. Yet Pete and Tatuaje has continued to hold true to their small brand roots, releasing small batch limited edition products each year while continuing to produce some spectacular core line cigars at the same time. While his limited series cigars may receive the most accolades and attention, it is still the red labeled Havana VI line that continues to be one of the top sellers in the line. Produced by Pepin Garcia at the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Havana VI series has long been a favorite of many Tatuaje followers for it’s great price point and big flavor. Coming in several different sizes, today we will be looking at the torpedo vitola, called the Artistas.
Size: Artistas Torpedo 6×52
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
Price: $7.95/stick or $172.95/box of 24
Appearance: The Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas sports a light cocoa brown colored wrapper with some minimal veining and a slight reddish hue to it. It is easily one of the toothiest wrappers I have seen on a cigar when looked at closely, just covered from head to foot. The torpedo head is fairly sharp and applied beautifully to create a wonderful cigar from a looks standpoint. The simplistic Tatuaje band in the red and white stands out on the cigar while not distracting from the overall appearance. While ornate bands are always enjoyable from the artistic perspective, there is something to be said about something so simple like this band that allows the cigar to speak for itself. The cigar is just the right amount of spongy when squeezed lightly without any soft spots to be found.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the cigar comes loaded with some big scents presented in the form of a rich raisin sweetness over some tea leaf notes and a distinct nuttiness. The wrapper is much earthier without the sweetness of the foot. Once cut, the Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas has an easy draw, even with the little I clipped off the torpedo head. The wrapper leaves a slight spice to the lips and the dry draw is much like the aroma of the foot, with a big tea leaf like flavor on the palate.
The first puffs on the Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas are loaded with an earthy sweetness and a nice cedar flavor coming on the back end. The flavor lingers on the palate and a slight peppery spice tingles on the tongue and through the nose. The flavor is quite robust and the smoke is quite thick, creating a nice coating of flavor on each puff. The ash is an even gray color and holds for around an inch before dropping off. The burn line remains straight through the first third with very little smoke coming from the foot when resting in the ashtray. The aroma of the smoke is sweet and pleasing to the nose as well. Strength wise, the Havana VI Artistas starts off medium but quickly builds closer to the full bodied point in the first third.
The middle portion of the Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas is where the cigar really shines. The first third is quite nice but the flavors really come together here. The tea leaf aroma from the foot comes forward on the palate and nose while mingling so well with the cedar, creating a delicious sweetness. The spice still comes on through the nose with a hint of it on the back of the tongue, making a striking pairing with the sweetness. The flavors are really bold throughout this portion and balance out the full body the cigar has built up to. The ash remains a little loose, again lasting around an inch while the burn line continues on the straight side. The construction is just great on this cigar, something that is expected from the My Father factory.
The final third of the Havana VI Artistas brings a slightly chocolate flavor into the mix, while retaining the tea leaf sweetness on the palate and spice in the nose. The strength remained on the light side of full bodied through the last third as well. The sweet finish was a nice touch after the first third started with the earthier flavors. The construction from start to finish was top notch, never did the burn line waver, the draw never was too light or too tight, and it stayed a cool smoke until the final nub. As much fanfare as the limited releases for Tatuaje garner, this is right up there with them in terms of flavor and consistency and much easier to obtain. You can find Tatuaje Artistas with Cigar King by clicking here.