The Tatuaje Havana VI came to us all the way back in 2006. The name does have a special meaning and it’s pretty easy to discern. “Havana” because the production of this cigar parallels that of a traditional Cuban style cigar, and “VI” because originally this was produced in six variations (vitolas). That all being said, lets see how this little red banded beauty stacks up.
Construction -The construction on both samples was near flawless. A characteristic that the Tatuaje shares to a Cuban cigar is the triple cap, but we would argue the placement and symmetry of the Havana VI out shines any of the Cuban cigars we have had the pleasure (sometimes displeasure) of smoking. These cigars were superbly made and radiated a little but of wrapper fuzz which gave us both a nice, cozy, warm feeling.
Burn - The burn of each sample was in alignment with a good experience. Both the draw and smoke production on each was adequate and the burn consistency equaled all the other characteristics as well. Each sample did require a correction towards the end, but all in all, both were pleasant to smoke and didn’t give us too many challenges.
Flavor - How do we even begin here? While smoking this cigar I thought a stroke must have been occurring. Simply put, such flavors have never smacked us in the mouth the way the Havana VI did. Full pepper blast one second, tart and tangy the next, and sweet savory to round it all out, and guess what. The rotation behind again. It’s like being on a roller coaster and just never getting off. As you get past the halfway point, the flavors start to become more consistent, being composed mostly of that strong pepper you get at the beginning balanced out with a subtle sweet creaminess. This flavor follows pretty much to the very end.
Here is the craziest part. IT’S ONLY $7.00!! Seriously. Did you just read that? $7.00!!. I swear Guy Fieri was roundhouse kicking the inside of our mouths while screaming “I am taking you to flavor town!!” The complexity of this cigar was kind of confusing but also incredibly enjoyable. We still don’t even know how to digest the experience. Maybe we will need therapy after all of this. Either way, is it worth the money? Uh yea. Of course it is. I think a lot of people gloss over the Havana VI, but don’t. Just don’t. Pick it up and enjoy it for what it is. A crazy, wild, fun, ride. Like a one night stand in Mexico City.
Old world for a new generation of cigar smokers.