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Saints & Sinners 2011 Cigars

This week we are delivering an exclusive overview of Saints & Sinners 2011 Cigars. For those of you who have been living under the rock for the past few months, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje has managed to add another project to his portfolio – Saints & Sinners private social club. The following information was copied from Saints & Sinners ‘Join Now’ section.

For an annual registration fee of $150, each member will receive:

1. Exclusive, one-off products available only to members (select products may not be available for purchase through the S&S webstore)
2. Everyday Tatuaje branded merchandise at the Saints & Sinners discounted club rate.
3. Access to members-only forums, where you can discuss the finer points of cigars, smoking accessories, spirits, and anything else associated with the Saints & Sinners lifestyle.
4. Access to the Pete Johnson video blog. Here, Pete will update members on everything PJHC. Watch Pete as he travels around the world, visiting his production facility in Nicaragua, engages fans on cigar tours, and dishes on anything else he feels his Saints & Sinners family should know.
5. First looks at new cigar blends, swag, as well as insider info on Tatuaje and other Pete Johnson brands.
6. The knowledge that a portion of your annual membership fee will go to an eclectic mix of charities that Pete chooses for their commitment to their particular cause.

One can visit the following link to preview what was included in 2011 Saints & Sinners kit. After the announcement and shippment, many wondered about the blend and thought process behind each S&S label (* excluding regular production obviously). Some probably have not smoked their share and have been patiently waiting for more information to be announced. Well, for those, today is their lucky day. Each photograph contains: Name, Base, Wrapper, Binder, Filler and some, if applicable, Size and Other notes. Remember, ‘smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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Tatuaje ‘The Boris’

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This week we have looked deeper into the coolidor and selected a cigar through which we can celebrate another Fall and upcoming halloween. The lucky specimen is Tatuaje ‘Boris’, a spin-off ‘Actor Series’ project to extremely successful ‘Monster Series’ project. The ‘Boris’ is named after William Henry Pratt aka. Boris Karloff (Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein).

I have smoked ~5 samples prior to opening this box so I knew exactly what I was up against this time. Visually, Tatuaje ‘Boris’ was not the prettiest kid on the block. When I smoked my first sample, I laughed and wondered “Did someone forgot to cover the binder with a silky wrapper ?” The cigar was sporting an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that was extremely dry and even ‘ashy’ in few spots. One could easily spot more than one color shade. Unlike many cigars reviewed on this blog, ‘Boris’ had visible veins and seams. Without knowing the concept of ‘Monster / Actor’ series, one could be disappointed with the visual presentation but since this was done intentionally, kudos to Pete Johnson for creativity and execution. After clipping and lighting, perfect free-flowing draw with much appreciated amount of smoke. In flavor department, this is were a lot of folks will scream MINT !!! I concur and did enjoy the hints of peppermint that I have yet to find in any other cigar. There was an abundance of woody & cedary flavors with tiny hints of spice and sweetness. Delicious combination. Burn was nearly razor sharp and ash was top notch. Light gray and falling ~2″ chunks.

Tatuaje ‘Boris’ is definitely a unique cigar and I wouldn’t agree with a “typical Pepin / MyFather cigar” comment. Despite the look and the size, this was a clean and fairly quick smoke, respectively. For some strange reason, in flavor department (* minus peppermint), it reminded me of a Liga ‘A’ by Drew Estate. Hmmm. I have smoked Tatuaje ‘Frank’, ‘Drac’, ‘Face‘ and I’m still torn between ‘Frank’ and today’s ‘Boris.’ If you can find singles, 5-packs, boxes, go for it ! At this point, I’m patiently waiting for 2011 Monster Series – ‘Wolfman.’

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sumatra Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Length: 7 1/8″
Ring: 49

Construction > Great
Burn > Great
Enjoy > Absolutely !
Recommend > Absolutely !
Buy > Yes

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