Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

  • Vitola: 109
  • Length: 7.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $60.00
  • Release Date: February 2024
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial is light brown and has a network of lightly raised veins. The seams are smooth, the 109 style head is well finished and the foot is partially covered with excess wrapper that is folded over. There are three bands, with the primary denoting the line name and having the logos for both My Father and Tatuaje on it. The secondary band is black, silver and gold and denotes For My Father. The foot ribbon is a pinkish orange and denotes the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is musty cedar and dusty earth while the partially covered foot brings a standard cedar and earth mixture. The pre-light draw brings an aged and lightly musty cedar along with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Finished with a lovely wrapper, the Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial has a great Colorado coloring. Smooth throughout with some oils and silky in texture. Small to medium sized veins throughout. Well rolled, with a nice finish. Aromas of hay, sweet tobacco, earth, warm spices and barnyard.
John: The Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial, blended by Tatuaje for My Father, comes in cellophane and does not have a UPC code. The cigar has a large, double connected La Union band along with a secondary silver on black band indicating ‘For My Father’. Additionally, there is a ribbon foot band in black on orange indicating La Union. For artisanal complications, the cigar has a 109 style cap along with a partially closed foot. I weighed the cigar at 15.4 grams and the humidity at 61.3% as measured by the HumidiMeter Pro. For aromas, I could smell sweet hay, faint barnyard and mossy earth. From the foot, I was picking out sweet wood and coffee.
Jiunn: The Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial has an oily, near Colorado Maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the conde 109 style head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas consist of abundant cedar shavings and stale roasted nuts.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted and creamy cedar, black pepper and some light earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper picks up in intensity. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth, along with some black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted and lightly creamy cedar is up front, with black pepper in the middle and earth just behind it. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out a with a nice leather profile that has some earthiness and warm spices. Currants present as well with some dry wood. Tobacco and espresso beans on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third gets going with sweet wood, tobacco and a mild, dry wood on the post draw, albeit after a bit of a delay. The retrohale consists of mild earth, and light plus strength baking spices on the retrohale. As the first third continues, a pepper is present at the end of each puff building from medium strength. Soon after, a creamy wood comes into the retrohale. Mild background orange pith adds some complexity to the profile, as the rest of the flavors have balanced out at medium strength. Moving towards the halfway point, graham cracker comes into the center of the retrohale and the post draw combines mild earth and wood.
Jiunn: The first third has a stacked and intricate flavor profile. Soft accented dried red pepper spice layers the palate with semi-sweet chocolate, cedar and meatiness to suit. There’s also a nice and interesting savory salted note on the lips. Retrohaling deepens the pepper spice but also gives baking spices. The finish is long with dried red pepper spice, leather tannins and toasted nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the pepper and earth swap places, with the earth now in the lead between the two. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a half in, the earth is now right behind the toasted cedar. As the third comes to a close, the toasted and light creamy cedar is just ahead of the earth, with the black pepper in the middle of the profile. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third delivers those earthy, currant, leather and tobacco flavors from the first. Oaky, warm spices and toasty as well. Espresso and mocha on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third initial flavors are sweet graham cracker, wood and earth finishing well into the post draw. Some delayed tannic wood joins the post draw after a few puffs. Mild nuttiness is present in the center of the retrohale, reminding me of almonds. Dry tannic wood defines the post draw as the second third continues. Some tobacco and wood sweetness consistently come at the end of each puff as the review approaches the halfway point. Espresso and earth combine in the center of the retrohale after the re-light.
Jiunn: The second third focuses on more minerals and baking spices. It’s still a good tasting profile, as the other notes are still there, but the tiers of flavors are swapped. Strength and body remains medium.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the earth takes a slight lead in the profile. At an inch and a half in, the black pepper picks up a bit. The cigar wraps up with the earth just ahead of the toasted and slightly creamy cedar while the black pepper is not far behind. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second third. Currant, earth, leather, tobacco, warm spices and toast notes. Espresso and mocha present on the finish. Still medium-full in strength and body. Some mineral qualities, but still smooth.
John: The last third kicks off with tobacco and wood followed by earth and a tannic wood into the post draw up to medium-full strength. Heavy earth joins the post draw as the last third settles in. A minor acrid earth is present in the post draw by the halfway point. That acrid earth fades away after roughly five minutes.
Jiunn: The final third starts to fatigue the palate a bit as the flavors become condensed to just minerals and cedar. For such a large format cigar, at this point it’s more the feel of monotony and trying to just get to the finish line. Strength and body is unchanged at medium.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight through the first half of the cigar, but it then went out without warning, requiring a re-light. From that point on, the burn was a bit wavy. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The first third was straight, with the ash holding on in one inch increments. The second third was straight as the cigar went out suddenly at the halfway mark, requiring a re-light. Burn continued to be straight for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Solid draw throughout.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between open and resistant.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted and creamy cedar, black pepper and some light earth. The second third saw the earth move ahead of the pepper in the middle of the profile. The final third saw the earth take a slight lead over the cedar and the black pepper picked up in intensity. The Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial had a nice start with the cedar, pepper and earth working well together. From the second third on, the profile took a step down as the earth worked it’s way up to the front of the profile. Overall, not a very exciting cigar, and while it doesn’t play into the score, I was expecting more from this super premium priced offering. We’ll have to see if the next iteration of this offering takes it up a notch.
Seth: I really enjoyed the Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial. I thought it was a balanced blend that had more strength and body than you would typically get with a Tatuaje release. It had that My Father strength and body level with a more complex flavor profile. A Tatuaje flavor profile. It was a big cigar, but it kept my interest from beginning to end. Blended well from start to finish. Very nice construction. Nice 109 finish.
John: The Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial blended by Pete Johnson is another well performing release that delivered engaging and enjoyable flavor combinations through the first and second thirds. The last third was still pleasant, but I didn’t find it as dynamic as the rest of the cigar. The draw was perfect while the burn had an issue at the halfway point with the cigar going out. There’s no doubt that the price of the cigar will generate a lot of conversation, but the blend was solid and I’d be happy to smoke this again, provided I wasn’t the one footing the bill. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Jiunn: This Tatuaje La Union Black Prominente Especial is probably the most complex and nuanced cigar I’ve had coming out of My Father. The ability for a large format (and a long smoking experience) to capture my attention for the bulk of the time is impressive and rarely achieved. I would of course love to smoke more of these but I won’t because honestly, no cigar is worth the price tag of $60.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$10.43

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.77

Cost/Point

$8.87

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.62

Cost/Point

$9.07

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$8.80

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