Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Boris
Lets be honest, there is nothing quite like a Tatuaje Limited Release to get the excitement going and the inner Gollum coming out and saying “My Precious!” The recent limited release of the Tatuaje Little Boris was no different and was here and gone in an instant. Little Boris, for those who don’t know, is the smaller simulacrum of the original Tatuaje Boris which came out in 2009 as part of the Actors Series. While the series never progressed beyond Boris, the fabled cigar has earned a special place in the hearts of many cigar aficionados. Fast forward a few years to this year’s Little Monster release and the news cycle began to murmur about the resurgence of Boris as well. Murmuring finally became reality when Corona Cigar Company announced that they were going to do an extremely low run of 500 boxes of ten, Tatujae Little Boris exclusives. I, like many others waited patiently for the opportunity to order, than pounced like a Puma. After smoking half my box of Tatuaje Little Boris I can easily say it is one of my favorite Tatuaje releases in recent memory.
Now down to the particulars. The Tatuaje Little Boris is a 5 1/2 x 49 vitola with a gorgeous Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper. Taking a closer look at the wrapper reveals a firm body with an oily wrapper that displays some toothiness. Cutting the cap reveals a smooth draw with a slight resistance. The pre-light aroma that comes off the wrapper is of sweet wood with the foot exuding a mild burst of ammonia and barnyard.
Lighting of the cigar reveals an initial bouquet of sweet milk chocolate notes, a bit of spice and some cedar. These notes remain for much of the first half with the spice and sweet chocolate notes vying for dominancy. Around the midpoint the cigar heats up a little bit and a leather note appears, but slowing down the pace remedies the heat issue and a resurgence of sweet chocolate and spice came back with an amped up floral note coming in to play. As the cigar winds down the floral remains dominant and the sweet milk chocolate note wanes to leave the finish as decidedly floral intermingled with a mild hint of spice.
Smoking the Tatuaje Little Boris was an enjoyable experience from the first light to the last puff. It really is one of the my favorite Tatuaje sticks to date. Is it for everyone? Depends on your profile preferences. I love a medium + to full bodied cigar with full flavor in the wood and floral departments. The Tatuaje Little Boris delivers on those flavors and adds a fantastic sweet chocolate note into the mix. My only complaint is that I have found some inconsistencies in the sticks. You could chalk some of that up to humidor shock, but nonetheless its a consideration that is important to mention and a reason that the cigar got a few ticks marked off. If you are a fan of medium + cigars with complexity and flavor, then the Tatuaje Little Boris is for you. The bad news is that they are currently sold out, the good news, however, is that Pete Johnson has been toying with the idea of running a second batch of them. So if the opportunity arises again at Corona Cigar Company to order a box of Tatuaje Little Boris, then by all means strike while the anvil is hot!