I had too much going on to make it up to C2E2 over the weekend, but I did manage to find the time to sit down for a cigar. I visited a friend with two of the limited edition Tatuaje Wolfman sticks I purchased last Halloween, and we discussed some business over a good smoke.
This is the second Halloween release I tried from Tatuaje, the follow-up to 2010’s The Face, which I thoroughly enjoyed. That memory gave me high expectations for the Wolfman, and after my usual winter difficulties with the humidor, I worried I’d ruined the three Wolfman smokes I purchased. Undeterred by the brisk Spring winds coming off the Illinois River, I touched my lighter to the rough, beard-like foot of The Wolfman and braced myself for the worst.
Wow. Spicy dark chocolate comes to mind with this bad boy. A very bold, full-bodied flavor, harsh on light but quickly settling into a robust, pleasant smoke. I botched the light in the wind and fought an uneven burn though much of the smoke, but it never went out. It had a richer profile than I recall from The Face, which I felt was the right way to handle it: new year, new blend/flavor.
I wish I knew what filler and wrapper they used, but the Tatuaje website doesn’t list The Wolfman in the Limited Release section. I feel like there was a Cameroon leaf in there somewhere, which is not normally a favorite of mine. If I’m correct, it worked in this blend. Once again I find myself thinking I need to seek out the Tatuaje brand in a cigar shop or online.
I’m going to save the third Wolfman for a celebratory occasion, probably the turning in of the final draft of Lie with the Dead. I plan to take it indoors, too, to see how much more enjoyable it may be without the wind to tangle with.
I’m already looking forward to what Tatuaje does for Halloween this year.