Smoke Blog: Tatuaje “The Face”

When my cousin got a lead on a special edition Halloween cigar named after Leatherface, I was in. I didn’t get to smoke it until earlier this week, and boy was I sorry I waited so long.

“The Face” is Tatuaje’s 3rd Monster Series limited release cigar and is composed of Nicaraguan tobacco with a Mexican wrapper. Its 56 ring gauge gives it a fat appearance, just like its namesake.


Smoke up!

Given it was a special smoke, I didn’t want it to be dried out due to some  humidor issues I had during the winter, so once that was resolved I let it sit and cure and rehumidify itself. I took it out last week while I wrote on the front porch, accompanied by some spiced rum.

Wow did I love this smoke. It was heady and spicy, but it didn’t linger on the tongue. It burned clean, drew easy, and produced thick clouds of smoke. Even better, it lasted for hours, well worth the approx. $20 price tag (including shipping). It’s about as close to a perfect 10 cigar as I’ve come in a long, long time.

I’ve never seen Tatuaje cigars in a shop, but I’m thinking I may have to keep an eye out for them. If their standard lines are anywhere near this quality, then these guys really know what they’re doing. I’m sorry I missed The Drac, a Nicaraguan smoke with a Maduro wrapper. I don’t know if I missed this year’s entry or it hasn’t been announced yet; there’s a “Boris” listed with no info but “no longer in production” on its page.

I’ll be having something else tonight. Now that I’ve written this, and recalled how well The Face went, I hope I haven’t set myself up for disappointment.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. Trimarkc says:

    So glad you liked it, Mike!!

    BTW this years Halloween series cigar from Tatuaje Cigars is going to be The Wolfman!! Pete Johnson had it on display at the IPCPR this past ask.

    Want to go in on a box again?!!! 

  2. Mike says:

    I’ve gotta have a Wolfman! If the price is about the same, I’m definitely in. Let me know.

  3. Jimmy Pudge says:

    Never tried “The Face,” but I smoked a Cuban El Presidente in the Bahamas and was really disappointed. Tasted like a smooth Dutch Master’s. I may try it in the near future, soon as my latest book drops. Thanks for sharing.

    • Mike says:

      I’ve heard a lot of stories of disappointment with Cuban smokes. I think there’s a range of quality there, just as with any other brand, and there are a lot of vendors who prey on the illicit appeal generated by the Cuban embargo. I had a Romeo y Julieta made with Cuban tobacco, and it was great. However, I generally enjoy RyJ cigars so I wasn’t terribly surprised. And while it was good, I don’t know that it was any better than any other Romeo y Julieta I’ve enjoyed.

  4. Qweequeg says:

    Cigars International has Tatuaje cigars. I tried one the last time I was up there… I enjoyed it, but would not be able to give it a review such as this. Although I’m not a huge fan of large ring gauge on a daily basis, I would have loved to try “The Face,” especially after *that* review! I’ll have to keep an eye out for “The Wolfman.” Thanks for the info on that!

    We have a Cuban fellow here who hand-rolls right in his shop. He worked in the Cohiba plant in Cuba, but the ones he does in the shop are better than any Cohiba I’ve ever had. He gave me a hand-rolled pre-embargo the other day, but I haven’t tried it yet.

  5. TriMarkC says:

    Sooo, when’s the book signing tour?!!!

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