Tatuaje released The Jackal in 2015 as an Exclusive Series cigar. This was my second encounter with this shaggy-footed cigar and I was excited to review it! Tatuaje produced 2000, ten count boxes of the cigar in the My Father Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaraugua.
At approximately half an inch in, the Angel’s Anvil 2016 opens up and begins firing on all cylinders. Sweet notes of honey, chocolate, and floral components are tempered with an earthy base and a peppery finish that lingers between puffs. Our previously effervescent quality is replaced by a creamy, rich smoke.
This was my first cigar of the day and I paired it with a black coffee with some floral notes, not an overpowering coffee considering I am reviewing a Connecticut cigar. The wrapper offered me the scent of sweet hay and the cold draw offered a mild, dry hay flavor and the draw was very easy. Cant wait to torch this!
Around the one inch mark this cigar begins to pop. Honey, cocoa powder, and nougat throw their weight into the ring in earnest, playing against the pepper and paprika tag team beautifully. Graham cracker and cream soften the sharper notes, making this cigar every bit as amazing as I remembered it. There’s just so much win here for Cornelius and Anthony.
Within just a few minutes, honey notes begin to rise to the top in a phenomenal display of sophistication. Mild spice tickles the back of the tongue and throat, but it’s something you have to look for. This cigar starts off very smooth, allowing you to really grasp hold of all the flavors without shying away from it. A retro hale emphasizes that book leather from the cold draw, as well as a convenient store style chocolate chip cookie flavor that I just can’t get enough of.
A cold draw on this cigar is very sweet, not unlike Pixie Sticks. Based on prior experience with this densely packed cigar, I decided to dry box it overnight. Rather than twist the pigtail cap, I snipped it off. I’ll be reviewing this one with water today.
If you’ve been following @cigarnoise on Instagram or in the CigarNoise app, you know that I’m loving Ezra Zion lately. Their cigars hit my palette of a palate like Doc Holliday at 10 meters. Rather than list out some Q&A from Chris and Kyle at the end of this post, I figure I’ll go ahead and drop it right here.
Let’s begin with a little preface. I first burned this cigar two nights before Thanksgiving, and instantly fell in love with it. I remember the foot smelling of chocolate covered fruit, and the first third smoking much like that as well. Of course, I brought one home and expected to do the review today of an Eye of the Shark that had a few weeks rest.
Fast forward to yesterday – a friend located and shipped my 5 Eye of the Shark’s. Or, Eyes of the Shark. I opened these up and was immediately assaulted with bananas, banana bread, and the slightest hint of milk chocolate.
This is one of those cigars that, upon first glance, sends mixed signals. Do I smoke it, or tuck it away in a vault somewhere? To quote lccj from the CigarNoise app, do I ash it or stash it? The Johnny Tobacconaut screams quality while promising a couple plot twists – and yet only 3,500 boxes were produced.