Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

  • Vitola: Culebra
  • Length: 7.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 38
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $35.00
  • Release Date: May 2021
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra comes intertwined with two other cigars that are kept together with string at both the head and foot. After snipping the strings and picking the cigar I’d smoke, I see the slightly marbled dark brown wrapper that has a network of lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth and the caps are well applied. There are obvious indentations near the head and foot where the string was holding the cigar in place. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar, earth and stewed fruit while the foot brings wood and stone fruit sweetness. The pre-light draw brings dry cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra wrapper’s in great condition following the culebra process. Being wet packed appears to have helped further with humidity. Chocolate brown wrapper with some nice tooth. Medium sized veins. Strong aromas of barnyard, earth, chocolate and very faint ammonia.
John: The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra comes wrapped in foil paper, in a wooden coffin with the Fausto Lancero. The Culebra is tied with a string at the top and foot, and there’s an indent left on both. I was able to get aromas of sweet tobacco, earth and wood from the wrapper. The same notes were present from the foot.
Jiunn: The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra has a uniform shade of Colorado maduro. Veins are well pressed, the cigar is actually not underfilled at all and actually is a bit tight, and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell pure chocolate bliss and subsequent barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell the same, but with added white pepper spice. Cold draws give roasted nuts, hay and black tea.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dark wood, earth and sharp baking spices. At a half inch in, the baking spice transitions to a raw black pepper. The retrohale is lightly toasted wood and black pepper. At an inch and a half, the wood becomes more defined as a lightly toasted cedar while the earthiness is just behind along with the black pepper which is a bit aggressive. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper mellows a bit, but still has a decent punch to it. The strength in this third was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens with lovely dry earth and red pepper spice. I am picking up some faint chocolate qualities as well, and the finish is toasty with some shaved coconut and almond qualities. Medium-full to full in strength and body. Beautiful construction.
John: Earth and wood open the first third. Baking spices and wood carry through the retrohale. As the cigar progresses, sweetness moves into the middle but it was pushed down often by the earth intensity. As the cigar continues, there is dry wood on the post draw.
Jiunn: The first third gives a fuller, medium-full body with mild nicotine. Abundant baker’s chocolate followed by baking spices and rich soil. Retrohaling provides a red pepper spice to the baker’s chocolate, almost giving a Mexican hot chocolate effect. The finish has long and soft dry red pepper spice on the back end.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, some mustiness joins the profile and the overall profile becomes a bit smoother and more cohesive. At an inch in, the black pepper is now in line with the rest of the profile. The retrohale is musty, toasted cedar with black pepper coming in on the finish. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar, with light, dry earth and black pepper. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a stronger profile, and I am picking up strong earth, leather, cedar and black and red pepper. There are some faint chocolate notes, but they are more dark chocolate in this third. The cigar is smoking around a medium-full level in this third as well.
John: The profile remains consistent going into the second third, with earth and wood and medium strength dry wood on the post draw. Some mild tannins move into the middle of the profile as the second third settles in. As it progresses, mild sweet citrus adds some complexity.
Jiunn: The second third becomes a true Mexican hot chocolate. This spicy chocolate does a good job of mixing in through mouth draws, retros and the finish. A tad more spice on the finish but it’s a pleasant one. Strength and body is still medium and medium-full.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases and a light bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale is musty, toasted cedar with light black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the toast level is pretty heavy and the bitterness has picked up a bit. The cigar wraps up with musty, heavily toasted cedar with the bitterness a bit behind and then light, dry earth and black pepper. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third was right in line with that of the second third. I was picking up a lot of earth, leather and cedar notes, and they were followed by black and red pepper qualities. There were touches of cocoa and nuts on the finish, and it smoked at a medium-full level to the end.
John: Dry earth, wood and mild spices start off the last third. Dry wood is still defining the post draw. There are no other flavor changes through the remainder of the third.
Jiunn: The final third holds true to the second third. It’s still all about that Mexican hot chocolate. Distinct and full. Strength and body finishes the same medium and medium-full.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was pretty straight throughout, but the cigar did go out four times, three times in the second third and once in the final third.
Seth: Amazing burn and construction throughout.
John: It always amazes me that despite the bizarre vitola, Culebras tend to burn well. This one is no different with the ash holding on up to 3 inches at one point.
Jiunn: Burn performance was spot on. Even burn, tight ashes, good smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but I don’t believe it contributed to the burn issues.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw had a mild amount of resistance to it, roughly 1-1/2 to 2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: The tightness felt within the pre-light experience directly related to the tighter draw.

Overall

Aaron: The flavor profile was a bit out of balance to start as the baking spice, which transitioned to black pepper, was fairly aggressive compared to the wood and earth. Things settled down during the second third and then some bitterness joined in as the toast level became fairly heavy in the final third. Burn issues were a bit of a detriment to the overall experience. The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra didn’t provide the same level of enjoyment as the Lancero that came in the coffin. With it starting out of balance and then settling into an overall average profile, it wasn’t all that interesting. While it was a fun vitola to smoke, it’s not worthwhile picking up the coffin at its price just to smoke the Lancero.
Seth: There is something redeeming about a unique cigar like the culebras smoking good. The story of culebras is fun. The presentation and the concept of sharing the other two cigars with friends is great. But the fact that the three cigars are quality cigars, and the fact that they happen to be culebras is amazing. You do not get to smoke culebras often. I am sure there are plenty of cigar smokers out there that have never smoked a culebra, but with the Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra, you are getting something of quality with fun presentation. Good blend with enjoyable flavors and excellent construction.
John: The Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra was a fun experience, and I have a soft spot for Culebras. Rating it purely on a flavor aspect it was fairly linear and unengaging through the review experience. I still have 2 left from the Culebra that I intend to work my way through. While I wouldn’t likely get another coffin to smoke one of them again, I was happy to have had the experience. Construction and draw were nearly perfect, with just the slightest amount of resistance. Smoking time was a very laid back 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Jiunn: First and foremost, the Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra was a good cigar. It’s not overtly complex but it was consistently good throughout the entire smoking time, highlighting Mexican hot chocolate. I also think this is better than the lancero version of the Fausto, which is great because I have two more culebras to smoke.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.85

Cost/Point

$7.22

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$5.13

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$6.25

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.72

Cost/Point

$5.21

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra
Seth GeiseTeam Cigar Review: Tatuaje Fausto The Old Man and the C Culebra

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