Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Vitola: “The Krueger” Churchill 7¼ x 48
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
Availability: Limited Production
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14
Source: Small Batch Cigar
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Tatuaje Krueger – First Impressions
This cigar is a sight to see: it’s big, leathery, and in a way unsettling to look at. I suppose that’s only fitting for the latest Halloween Monster release from Tatuaje. The cigar has a thick San Andres wrapper that has the feel of cardboard and, upon closer inspection, an almost hairy appearance.
The construction looks fantastic as the seams are almost invisible and the pyramid cap looks expertly applied. It’s no surprise that this cigar was rolled and pressed in the well known My Father factory as I cannot find anything construction wise that I could criticize this cigar for. Top marks there!
Keeping with the theme of the cigar, the band has an unsettling green and orange color combination which, for some reason, when paired with the color of the wrapper looks more creepy than festive. I think it’s because the text is harder to read, resulting in an uncomfortable sight. The pack of the cigar is fairly dense with only a slight give on the cigar when it’s squeezed.
The wrapper smells of leather, spice, and sweet wood. The aroma is apparent but not so strong that you can smell it from any distance. The foot, in contrast, is bold and makes itself noticed with strong aromas of ginger bread, sawdust, compost, vanilla, and cloves. This medley of aromas excites me for what comes around the bend. A straight cut presents me with flavors of mild leather, sour dough, and nuts on the cold draw.
Tatuaje Krueger – First Third
Leather, Spice, Wood, Nuts, Wasabi, Pepper, Cream
Once flame hit the foot, I’m presented with wood, leather, nuts, and a strange wasabi spice that I’ve never experienced before in another cigar. The smoke is absolutely creamy, and the flavors are much more delicate than I had expected. The retrohale is an interesting experience to say the least, interacting with the draw and aromas like the colors on the band. They work together, but then they don’t quite work together. There’s a sweetness and creaminess on the forefront, but the green wasabi spice arrives in the finish is so sharp and vibrant that it clashes.
The burn on the cigar has been slow and steady with a line that’s straight enough to draw a line with. To be completely honest, the odd flavors of the Tatuaje Krueger is a little daunting when presented in such a large vitola with such a slow burn rate.
Tatuaje Krueger – Second Third
Leather, Baking Spice, Nuts, Cream, Cedar, Pepper, Cinnamon, Earth
Unfortunately the flavors have remained mostly the same. There have been a few subtle shifts, namely that the wasabi spice has shifted into a cedar and pepper presence. Sweetness becomes more pronounced and the spices have developed into baking spices, including a cinnamon medley which is also pleasant.
That being said, the strength of flavors in the Tatuaje Krueger have never gone above a medium level and so the transitions have been more tenuous instead of hard and fast. The dominating flavors are still of Leather, earth, cream, with a nutty finish.
Tatuaje Krueger – Last Third
Leather, Mild Spice, Mild wood, Wasabi, Cream, Nuts
This cigar has been a marathon for me with the burn and transitions progressing so slowly that I found myself willing it to go faster. I was rewarded for my patience, however, in the beginning of the last segment.
The spice has mellowed out significantly, with wasabi returning in a much subtler form than the first third. Overall, there’s a much more pronounced thick, creamy flavor and mouthfeel in this third with sweeter, milder wood flavors.
Sadly, the only quick thing the Krueger did was start heating up in the last third. While I was enjoying the flavors towards the end the most, heat started building up with a good amount of cigar left to go. I’m personally not a fan of hot smoke, so I ended it with a little more cigar left than I normally would for review.
Flavors weren't always pleasant
Very long smoke time
No major flavor transitions
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