Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra

  • Vitola: Britanicas Extra
  • Length: 5.37″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown Criollo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $11.00
  • Release Date: September 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Lake Country Cigars

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra has subtle tapers at the head and foot and is covered with a medium brown wrapper that has a few decently raised veins. The seams are smooth but visible in some areas due to some color variation. The head is finished with a well applied set of caps. The band is the glossy black label style with silver and white bordering. The aroma from the wrapper is a wood forward barnyard funkiness while the foot brings wood and sweet hay. The pre-light draw brings a light and airy cedar.

Pre-light Experience

A lovely perfecto, the Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra is finished with a light chocolate colored wrapper that I would classify as being between Natural and Colorado in coloring. It has a lovely triple cap and sports small to medium sized veins throughout. It is slightly toothy and I am picking up aromas of bourbon, rich earth, stone fruit, sweet tobacco and spices.

Pre-light Experience

The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra has a standout ‘109 style’ flat cap. The wrapper is smooth with visible veins, and is chocolate brown in color. Nosing the cigar, I was able to pick out sweet bread, graham cracker, with hay and cedar in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra has a Colorado Claro wrapper shade showing nice traces of tooth. Veins well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell wet barnyard, cedar and hay. Aromas from the foot give rich roasted nuttiness and cedar. Cold draw gives the same rich roasted nuttiness.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar, earth and mild black pepper. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is a mix of nose tingling black pepper and cedar. At an inch in, the cedar, earth and black pepper are all even with the mustiness in the background. As the third comes to a close, all components are now even. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up by delivering this citrus black pepper flavor profile that is paired with some dry earth qualities. There are some stone fruit notes present as well, and the finish is of barnyard and this oaky red wine flavor. It is medium-full in strength and body while producing a great amount of smoke.

First Third

My first few puffs brought flavors of baking spices, bread, cedar and graham cracker. Dry cedar finishes each draw, and that dryness fades quickly as the first third settles in. There is a subtle sweetness hitting the palate just before the baking spices come through each puff. As the cigar progresses, graham cracker intensifies and harmonizes with the wood by the 15 minute mark.

First Third

The first third presents a bolder set of flavors. Powerful red pepper spice mixed with sharp minerals. There’s also an inconsistent roasted nuttiness and dried vegetal notes. Retrohaling gives deeper red pepper and charred nuts. The finish is where the unrefined sharpness in pepper and minerals is most realized, lingering deep into the palate. Strength is medium-full, body medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the musty cedar has a slight lead over the earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, the earth joins the musty cedar up front while the pepper is a bit in the background. The retrohale is now musty cedar with light black pepper. At an inch in, the finish is a lengthy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the earth takes a slight lead over the musty cedar and is a bit dry. As the third comes to a close, the cedar gains a bit of a toasted note. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and improvement overall as a blend. I am picking up more sweet earth notes and it is paired with this cinnamon and pepper spice that has some currant and mocha flavors as well. It is medium to medium-full in body and strength.

Second Third

Sweet graham cracker carries the profile into the second third with supporting notes of baking spices, wood and a sweet woody finish. As the second third settles in, the baking spices move down to light plus strength. As the cigar rounds the bottom half of the second third, the cedar becomes more forward on the profile.

Second Third

The second third becomes bolder in red pepper and sharp minerals. This flavor combination is impactful through mouth draws, retrohales and finish. There’s also less influence of roasted nuts and vegetable flavors. Strength and body is still medium plus and medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted note on the cedar transitions to a light char while the black pepper is now very faint. The retrohale is musty cedar and light earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper has left the profile. As the cigar comes to a close, the musty and lightly charred cedar and earth are all even. The strength remained at slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile that is a cross between the first and second. I am getting some earth notes that are paired with that returning oaky red wine profile. There are nice red pepper notes on the finish, and it is paired with some coffee notes. Like before, between medium and medium-full in strength and body.

Final Third

Soft flavors of sweet wood, baking spices and graham cracker move the cigar into the last third with slightly tannic wood on the post draw. Approaching the halfway point, mild cedar and hay drive the profile for the remainder of the review.

Final Third

The final third shows the flavor profile deteriorating. The mixture of red pepper and sharp minerals has seeped through on the finish a bit too much such that it’s long and lingering in all the wrong ways. Given this, the softer notes of roasted nuts and dried vegetables are gone in entirety. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy at times but always self corrected. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

Lovely burn line from beginning to end. Well constructed perfecto.

Burn

The cigar was uneven at times but always self corrected. Ash held on up to two inches at times.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. Only down marks resulted from a complete re-light within the first third and a couple touch-ups to get the burn back on pace.

Draw

The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra had a nice start with a full mix of cedar, earth and black pepper. As the earth took the lead in the second third, things dropped down a level and maintained that pace the rest of the way. This is a fun vitola for the line, but I don’t think it presents the best of what the line has to offer. The earth just put too much of a damper on the flavor profile. It’s worth a try to see how you think it stacks up, but not high on my list to revisit.

Draw

Good draw from start to finish. Slightly loose for my liking, but a well made cigar.

Overall

I would love to say that I was disappointed with the Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra, but I was expecting a blend of this nature. Black Label is not what it once was and while I love the vitola, I would have preferred to have that old school Black Label profile in this offering. It showed some transitioning throughout, great construction as well, but the flavors were just lacking overall. A great vitola, but I can’t recommend giving the cigar a try because of that quality.

Draw

The draw had a minor amount of resistance to it, roughly 1/2 to 1 notch into the resistant spectrum.

Overall

The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra is a well harmonized cigar with subtle notes that play off of each other through the first and second thirds. The last third was pleasant, but didn’t keep me engaged enough. Construction and draw were excellent, with a smoking time of 1 hour and 34 minutes. I enjoyed this offering from Tatuaje and would happily seek it out to smoke again.

Draw

The draw was perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

A rare miss. I typically enjoy pretty much all Tatuaje cigars but this was a rare anomaly. The Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra showed too much unrefined sharpness and harshness in robust red pepper and minerals. These notes overwhelmed the palate in almost all the wrong ways. I wish the profile would have shown more roasted nuttiness and dried vegetal notes, which would help give it more balance. A pass for me.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.83

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.70

Cost/Point

$1.93

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.61

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$2.12

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