Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5.12″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: April 2023
  • 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 wrapper on the Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla is dark brown and has some lightly raised veins along with a velvety feel. The seams are slightly raised and the head is well finished with a small twisted stump. The foot is partially covered with excess wrapper. The band is just the green and white Tuxtla band used on cigars in the series. The aroma from the wrapper is dark, rich earth with light amounts of cocoa powder and wood. The partially closed foot brings bread with light amounts of wood and earth. The pre-light draw brings cedar, floral perfume and light earth along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla is simple in appearance. Simple band over a solid maduro with a nice stumpy pigtail and closed foot. Wrapper has a nice dark chocolate coloring, and there are medium sized veins throughout. Aromas of rich earth, cocoa, spices and leather are present on the foot and wrapper.
John: The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla comes in cellophane and appears to have a retailer UPC sticker which tears in half. For artisanal complications, there is a fan cap, and a closed foot. A single green on white Tuxtla band adorns the cigar. Aromas off the wrapper I could identify as mild barnyard, incense, earth and wood. From the foot, sweet hay, barnyard and tobacco.
Jiunn: The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla reveals a hearty Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of red pepper spice, leather and soil. Aromas from the foot tell of stale mixed nuts and intensified red pepper spice. Cold draws reveal generic mixed nuts and saltine crackers.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with earth, black pepper and light meatiness. At a half inch in, some creaminess mixes in with the earth and pepper. The retrohale is heavy earth and a pretty zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. As the third comes to a close, the creamy earth is up front with black pepper in the middle and light meatiness in the background. The strength was medium-full.
Seth: The first third opens up with chocolate and hazelnut flavors. Espresso bean qualities present as well, and it has some rich earth, tobacco, leather and baking spices. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third gets going with creamy baking spices, wood and earth with the spices lingering into the post draw. The post draw spices ramp up to full and completely overwhelm the post draw for the first while. Chocolate joins the retrohale as the first third settles in. Those intense spices recede to medium strength as it continues towards the halfway mark. Some wood moves into the center of the retrohale, bringing some sweetness with it. The profile has settled into a cream, chocolate and spice combination with wood to finish.
Jiunn: The first third provides a medium strength and body profile. Flavors mainly consist of assertive dried red pepper spice, leather and associated tannins, and cedar. Retrohaling provides increased red pepper spice and cedar. The finish is long with the pepper spice on the rear palate.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper is now a bit dull. At a quarter inch in, the meatiness is no longer present. The retrohale maintains the earth while the black pepper is still zingy, but not as intense as before. As the third comes to a close, the earth up front still has a light creaminess while the dull black pepper is a fair bit behind. The strength remains at medium-full.
Seth: The second third is a continuation of the first. Notes of rich earth, espresso, leather, tobacco, hazelnuts and chocolate. Baking spices as well. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third opens with creamy chocolate and a spices and wood combination to finish. Lingering wood is present on the post draw between each puff. The profile remains largely unchanged until the halfway point. By then, creamy wood is driving the flavors as light-plus wood carries into the post draw.
Jiunn: The only change from the first third is the strength ramping up to a consistent medium-full (body still medium). The overall flavor profile is still heavily geared towards spice, leather, cedar and tannins. The spice is still very much prevalent through all facets (mouth draws, retrohale, finish).

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the earth loses the creaminess. At a third of an inch in, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale is now earth and lightly zingy black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the earth remains up front with the black pepper a bit behind. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The final third finishes with strong spices that are paired with this mocha quality. More espresso present in this third. Minerals and spices present with the tobacco, earth, hazelnuts and wood flavors. Again, medium-full in strength and body.
John: By the last third, creamy wood greets me again, as light-plus baking spices move into the middle, and wood and a mild dryness finish the puff. As the last third moves towards the halfway point, earth and wood combine in the middle of the flavor profile.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes from the second third. Still assertive in dried red pepper spice with plenty of earthiness in leathery tannins and cedar. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and the cigar went out twice, requiring re-lights.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight to the second third where it became uneven, never requiring intervention. It self corrects and is straight for the remainder of the review.
Jiunn: Amazing burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

Draw

Aaron: The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw on the cigar.
John: The draw was at most one notch towards the resistant spectrum which keeps it in the ideal range for a draw.
Jiunn: Amazing draw performance as well, giving the best balance of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with earth, black pepper and light meatiness. Some creaminess joined in a bit later. The second third saw the meatiness depart. The final third saw the creaminess depart. The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla had a nice start with a dynamic and potent flavor profile. From the second third on, the profile was pretty average as components started to wane and drop out. Overall, a very earthy profile which is expected from this wrapper and smoking the other offerings under this series. Not a cigar I see myself coming back to as it was pretty mundane from the second third on.
Seth: The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla might be the best of the Tuxtla releases so far. Appearance wise it is not as good as the others, but that means nothing in the giant scheme of things. Great flavors in a very approachable size. A size that every smoker can smoke. Nice strength and richness, but balanced as well. I am going to age some Tuxtlas, but I am beginning to think they are better young. Enjoy these smokes!
John: The Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla started out of the gate strong with some initial intense spices that calmed down and found balance and richness. The second and last thirds were pleasant, but the flavor combinations didn’t come together for me in dynamic and engaging ways. The draw and burn were perfect with no intervention required. Tatuaje has had some great releases very recently, and for me the Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla would be middle of the pack. It’s not that it isn’t a great cigar, but that Tatuaje has had some real standouts that I would reach for first. Total smoking time was a whopping 2 hours and 47 minutes.
Jiunn: The one word I’d use to sum up my smoking experience of the Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla is, lacking. Flavor-wise, there’s too much of the similar flavors of earth in spice, leather and cedar. There needs to be another ingredient(s) to make the profile more dynamic. Also, the medium body isn’t bad, but I expect more body from a Tatuaje blend. Given all this, I’ll pass on this blend and size.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
GoodFirst
Third
GoodFirst
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GoodFirst
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Average
AverageSecond
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GoodSecond
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AverageSecond
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Average
AverageFinal
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GoodFinal
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AverageFinal
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Average
AverageBurnVery GoodBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
Very GoodDrawVery GoodDrawAmazingDrawAmazing
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.12

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$1.73

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.97

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Lomo de Cerdo Tuxtla

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