Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Size: 5.375 x 52 “Robusto-Bon Chasseur”
Price: $10.00 MSRP ($9.00 @ Small Batch Cigar minus 10% w/code Katman10 = $8.10)
Today we take a look at the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur. I’ve reviewed two other sizes and I’ve found with Tatuaje, size matters. I want to compare. Of the three sizes, this would be the mommy bear.
Also, we are bringing down the price point of cigars I’ve reviewed lately so the wife doesn’t remove your narglies at their connection point.
The cigar made its debut at the 2013 IPCPR trade show along with the Belle Encre perfecto reviewed here.
This is another collaboration between Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia; made at the My Father factory in Esteli, instead of Miami. Yet, it says Miami on the cigar band. Did I fuck up?
The cigar is pleasant in its simplicity. The cigar band is not the usual rectangular type, but rather, a brown oval with gold lettering. On each side of the band, it says: “Seleccion de Cazador,” referred to as the ‘Cabinet Selection,’ or the everyday brown cigar band.
On to the cigar. Construction is very good. The dark chocolate brown, very oily wrapper is gorgeous and shimmers in the sunlight. Of which there is none this morning as it should start raining at any moment. The seams are invisible and there are lots of spider veins. There is indeed a triple cap in place. The cigar is the perfect piece of solid vs. soft. Just the right amount of give.
I clip the cap and find aromas that include loads of dark cocoa, deep and dark espresso, cedar, leather and wood. With hints of citrus.
Time to light up.
And then the Garcia Blast of Pepper, a very tasty earthiness, cocoa, strong espresso, a touch of citrus, chocolate chip cookies, cedar, and a dash of creaminess.
The cigar comes out of the gates at very near medium/full bodied.
The red pepper is clearing the sinuses and allowing me to sing “Evita” while I chomp.
I play the Madonna part. I like big pointy breasts. Er…wait…but not on me.
There is a delicious natural sweetness not to be put in any category other than what comes from the tobacco. No fancy adjectives; just sweet tobacco. All coming from the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The cigar has a closed foot. I could live without that affectation. It always spurts and sparks when I light them. Little bits of fire land on my clothes. Or if I am sitting naked in my man cave, it lands on my 6 pack abs.
The char line is on the money. And moments away from being a flavor bomb.
The main difference between Noella and the Bon Chasseur are that the Bon Chasseur has a much more powerful spice content and it is much sweeter than the Noella (5.125 x 42). Which I consider strange as the smaller cigar usually wins in the intensity of flavors; but in this case, the Bon Chasseur is much more flavorful.
The Bon Chasseur hits flavor bomb much sooner as well as its appearance of complexity. By the 1” burned mark, this has all happened.
The sweetness is out in front surpassed only by the spiciness.
Construction maintains its excellence with a dead nuts char line and no wrapper issues.
The cigar shows itself to be so dark and oily in my photos, I am for once, happy that the sun came out at the right time even though it is now raining.
A dried fruit element jumps in. What the hell is it? In the Noella, it was dried apricot. That is not what it is here. It is less tart. A hint of black cherry but something more intense lurks beneath the surface; like me.
Who the hell doesn’t like a Tatuaje blend? Especially, when it is made by Pepin Garcia.
I do believe that Pete Johnson’s and Pepin Garcia’s teamwork was well ordained before the beginning of time.
There must have been two dinosaurs named Petey and Pepiny who hung out together and played Mahjong 65 million years ago.
And noshing on velociraptor and speaking of its delicacy and nuance and character compared to the velociraptor from the day before.
The flavor profile is going bat fucking crazy now. Creaminess and sweetness are neck and neck and usurp the power of the spiciness a bit.
There is a chocolate mousse-like quality now. Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.
The fruitiness eludes me til now….it is a combination of raisins, dates, figs, and mango.
A very toasty element appears that moves very near the front of the line.
This size gives a whole different approach than either the Noella or the Belle Encre Perfecto.
Of the three, I like the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur the best. This size was the one meant to best convey the blender’s intent.
A buttery, salty Ritz Cracker component enters from stage right.
The status of the flavor bomb continues to change and morph the more I smoke. Without a doubt, this cigar is muy delectable and has a terrific chewy long finish. Lip smacking finish.
I grabbed a Diet Coke early on but have hardly sipped it at all. Usually, I need a respite from the dryness the cigar smoke causes in my throat. But for some reason, I’ve not needed it. How odd and nice.
The cigar has not needed a single touch up and if I wanted to be really aggravated, I would let the ash grow as long as it could before falling on to my groin and burning a hole in my naughty bits.
I’m at the halfway point.
Here are the flavors once more: Creaminess, sweetness, dried fruit, espresso, spice, nuts, cedar, citrus, Ritz Cracker, and a touch of leather.
Oh man, I wish I had Taste-O-Vision so you could enjoy this stick along with me.
Gooey caramel swoops in and dominates the flavor profile.
Red pepper returns and creates a mandate.
The strength has remained at medium/full this whole time.
The citrus divides in two like a healthy cell and becomes both lemony and orange-ish.
This is a limited run cigar based on what I could find. But couldn’t find how many boxes were produced.
I checked the usual suspects of online cigar stores and no one is close to the pricing of Small Batch Cigar; especially with the Katman10 10% off code.
Most want the MSRP pricing because it so limited. But my two reviews of the other sizes were a year ago. So how limited could they be?
I did read on a couple of review sites that the Belle Encre and Bon Chasseur were the limited runs so maybe the other sizes are regular production and the Bon Chasseur is not.
Leave it to Andrew to not only gouge the customer but give him a break on the pricing.
According to the Small Batch Cigar site, Andrew only has three 5 packs left.
$45.00 minus the 10% = $40.50 for the 5 pack. While others are charging over $10, Andrew is selling them for a bit over $8.
The price point. $10 is fair. Especially since this in a way a commemorative cigar to celebrate Pete Johnson’s 10 years in the cigar industry.
$8.00 makes it a steal. Because it is quickly becoming a vanishing breed.
Goddam…this is one fine cigar.
With a third to go, nicotine raises its ugly head and my typos on the keyboard increase.
The caramel mixed with the creaminess and Ritz Cracker combo makes this for a very unique cigar. While cocoa and espresso are present, they take a back seat.
The size makes for a much better flavor profile than the Belle Encre and the Noella.
The nicotine level rises but the strength does not.
The removal of the cigar band fought me and I had to use my X-Acto curved blade to remove it. I slipped and caused a small rip in the wrapper. Now, one whole side is splitting. You ever notice that some cigar bands have this tiny little tab that begins the removal of the band? It is a real pain in the ass and difficult to get a grip on.
The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur is a blend aimed at smokers with a refined palate. It is full of nuance and character and finesse.
Yet, because of the outstanding flavor profile, it would be a great cigar for newbies (who can handle a strong cigar) to try.
The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Bon Chasseur finishes out beautifully. No harshness, bitterness or heat.
You need to hurry to grab this particular size if you choose to go to Small Batch Cigar. But Andrew also has the Belle Encre perfecto in stock (Only 3 left) and he also has the rest of the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary blends and sizes.
Remember to use the coupon code of Katman10 during checkout and tell Andrew the Katman sent you.
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