November 12, 2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Apocalypse (Smoke Inn's Microblend Series)

Apocalypse with Anarchy band
December 21, 2012 marks the conclusion of the 13th Ba’ak’tun in the Mayan Calendar. It is believed that on this day Armageddon would overtake the peoples of the world and all creation at this time. Basically, we are looking at the Apocalypse! Whether you believe this or not, the one thing that pisses me off about this theory is that it happens on a Friday. I mean seriously, you could not wait till the 23rd which is a Monday. In honor of this potential event, I guess honor is not the correct word, Abe and Smoke Inn are preparing the release of the fifth installment in the Microblend Series. The cigar will almost be like a follow up to the successful Tatuaje Anarchy and will begin shipping on December 17th with the national kickoff event on the 14th. If the end is coming, you better get it shipped fast so you can enjoy it before the world blows up. 

Now before I get going on the cigar, my cigar has the original Anarchy band, but Cigar Coop had one with the correct band. These pre-release smokes for review consisted of some new and old bands. I was sent one with the old band. Coop was kind enough to let me use a photo with the new band on it so I have attached that below. The Apocalypse is a new blend by Pete Johnson, and besides being a new blend features a more compact version of the original Anarchy release. The Apocalypse measures 5.25" and has a ring gauge of 52 decreasing to a 48. The cigar has a wonderful cap that is looped around the head, and the cigar is a figuardo/petit salomone. The cigar is draped with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and is finished with Nicaraguan fillers and binders.      
Apocalypse with correct band
Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper

The cigar begins like a Connecticut Broadleaf from Pete would begin, and there is a nice bit of black pepper to begin with, and also some leather and wood notes. I eventually begin to get a little more complexity to the cigar, and I begin to pick up some dark cocoa notes, and also some nutty qualities to it. There is this hazelnut flavor showing up as well which is very enjoyable. There is a decent burn line with the cigar, and it is fairly even for the most part. I am getting an ash that is very dark in terms of the gray coloring it possesses, but it is holding on to the cigar firmly. There is a wonderful draw to the cigar, and it is producing some thick clouds perfect for rings. I would say the strength of the cigar is at a solid medium full level, but it is nothing to major for me.

When I get into the second third of the cigar I am finding the flavor profile to remain fairly similar to that of the first third, but with the decreasing ring gauge, I am getting a little bit more wood and pepper notes. Those cocoa flavors are still very present, along with the hazelnuts, but they are just a little bit softer. The cigar began to burn a lot better in this third, and I was seeing a near perfect burn line to the smoke. The ash kept that incredibly dark gray coloring to it, and still produced tons of smoke. I would say the cigar was still smoking on that medium full strength level, and like before it is concealed well by the flavors. It has been an enjoyable figuardo thus far, and I am looking forward to the finish.  
Smoking
The final third shows a great ending to the cigar, and it ends like a cigar should. The flavors are still very active and present, and while there has been little fluctuation, they have been consistent and enjoyable. Those wood and pepper notes are still present, and they are paired with those cocoa, hazelnut and earthy notes. It is a balanced cigar, and the final third shows a great ending between the filler and wrapper tobacco. The burn line was still very even, and the ash was really dark in this third. The strength of the smoke was remaining at that medium full level, and the finish was very enjoyable. It had a cool finish to the nub, and showed all those enjoyable flavors with that. At the end I was left wanting another one, and it was a great size for anytime of day. 

This was en enjoyable smoke, and I liked the vitola in which it was offered. There was some nice fluctuations in flavors throughout, but for the most part it was consistent and tasty. I felt the cigar possessed a nice strength level to it, and I was surprised that it was not a little bit fuller in body. The construction was fairly solid throughout, and I think it is a cigar that will age wonderfully. The fact that this features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and that it is from Pete Johnson means this cigar is going to move fast, so I would quickly pre-order these cigars on the midnight of Thanksgiving. What I loved about the cigar was the diminishing ring gauge, and while I would prefer for it to have been more dramatic, let us say 54 to 46, I was still able to get more and more wrapper. I give this cigar a solid 90, and look forward to its release   
Apocalypse!
*Cigar in this assessment was provided by Smoke Inn for my review.

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