Cigar Reviews

Tatuaje – Fausto Avion 12

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Over Labor Day weekend, my family and I made our way to Cloudcroft, NM for a little escape from the city. I was able to spend time with my wife and kids, parents, siblings, niece and nephew. Cigars seemed to find there way into my hand several times throughout the day. Cigars accompanied me during several walks in the woods and in the evenings while shooting the bull with my brother and step-dad. It was during these times, when I stepped back from over analyzing the cigar and just enjoyed the experience, that I remembered what brought me to love this hobby in the first place. But now that the weekend is over, I’m back with a  review (or over analysis) of the Tatuaje Avion 12 for your reading pleasure.

Tatuaje Avion

This cigar was gifted to me by a great friend and BOTL. I want to give a big “Thanks” to Roman O. for hooking me up with this cigar. The Avion is a line extension of the Tatuaje Fausto  line. In 2011, Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje, released the first extension being the Avion 11, which has been followed by a release each year since. Currently, the extension includes:

  • Avion 11 – Perfecto – 6 ¾ by 48/52
  • Avion 12 – Perfecto – 5⅝ by 48/52
  • Avion 13 – Perfecto – 6 ⅞ by 52
  • Avion 13 Limited – Perfecto – 7 ¼ by 52 (Connecticut Broadleaf)

Tatuaje Avion

The Facts

Price: $8.50
Vitola: Perfecto
Size: 5⅝ by 48/52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan – Esteli and Jalapa Ligero
Pairing: Club Soda
Smoke Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Pre-light

The Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper is a beautiful dark brown and very oily. There is a small tear about an inch down from the head of the cigar but I don’t foresee it impacting the experience. The wrapper is almost seamless with small veins webbing across the leaf.  I’m loving the aroma off of the wrapper. Notes of chocolate, musty earth, and faint cedar arouse my senses.

Tatuaje Avion

The tapered foot makes it hard to find much in the aroma department other than the notes already pulled off the wrapper. The cap has been neatly applied on its pointed head. After a beautiful cut, the cold draw is revealing rich tobacco with clove and other spices.

Tatuaje Avion

First Third

A copious amount of smoke pumps out of the Avion with each small puff. The flavors are just as dark as the wrapper itself. Deep notes of earth and cocoa grab my attention and spice lingers on the palate. The retrohale highlights cedar and pepper, while oily smoke coats my entire mouth. As expected, the crazy thick burn started wavy. Burning pass the tapered foot, the eyeliner burn is now about perfect. The flavors are full but completely balanced and the strength is coming in at a solid medium. The dark grey ash is a bit flaky on the outside but holding firm past an inch.

Tatuaje Avion

Middle Third

As I enter the second third of the cigar, the smoke has become a bit toasty. But don’t get me wrong, it is not bad at all. The toastiness, which seems to be a combination of roasted coffee and burning wood, is complementing the cocoa . The earth flavor has also evolved from musty earth to diesel-like.  A sweetness is beginning to hit the tip of my tongue and I am interested to see what kind of role it will play later on.The  burn line is a bit wavy, flavors remain full, and the strength is putting me in a relaxed state of mind.

Tatuaje Avion

Final Third

Other than a slight tartness (think SweeTart) that has joined the mix, there has not been much development in the flavor department. The notes of cocoa, earth, and pepper are well balanced and extremely satisfying. The faint sugary sweetness is not making the appearance I expected. As I draw my final puffs, the strength cannot go unnoticed as it sits firmly in the full range. The burn line is right on and the ash is still nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either.

Tatuaje Avion

Wrap-up

The Avion 12 was a pleasure to smoke. Well, to be honest, this cigar was unbelievable. The profile just fit my palate, a copious amount of smoke was produced, the burn line was rock solid, and the strength full but not overwhelming. At $8.50 each, and even lower with a box purchase, these cigars are a steal.  As I was smoking this cigar, I texted Roman O. and told him we had to get a box of these bad boys right away. Without hesitation he agreed. And that is my recommendation to you: Get over to your B&M and grab a handful. Smoke them. Then go back and grab a box.

Tatuaje Avion

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

14 Comments

  1. @Revjava

    September 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Jeremy~ Great review, and Club Soda as a pairing….You have now opened a whole new world to me, as I never would have thought to pair with it…

    I can tell that you seem to be liking the smaller vitolas,

    Crazy question for you and Tony to converse about in El Paso~ Does Size matter? (no pun) or better yet~ are there seasons for particular ring gauge and sizes?

    Have a great day and enjoy the weekend…

    Peace~Ryan

    • Tony Casas

      September 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

      It does, kinda. During the summer we average 98 – 100 degrees temps for about 3 months straight so unless you can find a cool place to smoke, it gets mighty hot. I personally don’t mind, but most people hate to be outside.

      Now, in the winter. It actually gets CRAZY cold here at night. We have crazy weather during the winter in the desert with a HUGE range. It will be 55 – 60 during the day, then 30 at night. Ask Daniel, he couldn’t believe it when he was here. That’s when you want a short smoke cause us el pasoans can’t hang in that cold weather. Jeremy, he handles it better than most.

    • Jeremy Hensley

      September 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Ryan, thanks for checking out the review. In regards to the club soda, I believe it was Jose Blanco who mentioned that club soda best cleans and restores that palate when smoking. I can’t tell a big difference between club soda and water in regards to cleaning the palate but I do enjoy club soda.

      Size mainly matters to me just due to the comfort of the stick in my mouth and hand. I adore coronas, lonsdales, and lanceros because how comfortable they are to smoke. However, when it comes to flavors, I do not believe that smaller sizes always showcase the blend. For example, I prefer the flavors of the Oliva V in the larger ring gauges, while the lancero mutes some of the flavors and strength of the stick. The same can be said about the Herrera Esteli that is amazing in the toro size but loses some of the sweetness I really enjoy as the ring gauge gets smaller. But now on the other side, the J. Fuego Originals best showcase the blend, IMO compared to the larger sizes.

      Being from Michigan, I am not too bothered by colder weather. So I really won’t pick a cigar on size alone just because it is too hot or cold out. But the size of the cigar comes in to play depending on the amount of time I have available to smoke.

      Best Regards,
      Jeremy

  2. jjo

    September 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Jeremy, you must be clairvoyant! I was in the process of looking this cigar up when your alert came in. Sounds like something I’ll have to try out. And can you give me some lotto numbers? 🙂

    • Jeremy Hensley

      September 7, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Jeff,

      Lotto Number: 7 99 75 28 54 37 – Wait that’s just my driver’s license number. Get your hands on these bad boys and let us know what you think!

      Best Regards,
      Jeremy

      • jjo

        September 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        Man, our numbers only go up to 49. 😉

        Got a few of these on order. Thanks for making me spend more money. :p

  3. gene

    September 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Jeremy- enjoyed reading your review with my morning espresso. I’m a big PJ fan, I keep a humidor just of his cigars, little Boris and Mummie’s being my favorites. You didn’t mention any pepper or spice in your review which is almost one of his hallmarks ?
    Also to add to the conversation in regard to “size” I strongly believe it does. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve taken to Lancero’s lately, are impossible to get at the local B&M’s. I’m told if it ain’t big n thick it don’t do the trick for the good ole boys who frequent my buddy’s shop.. Back to ‘size”, which it always seems to come down to, (pun intended).Recently enjoyed My Father #4 Lancero, but didn’t care for the #2 Belicoso at all.
    The debate continues, maybe some of our sister’s of the leaf could weigh in ?
    BOTL Gene

    • Jeremy Hensley

      September 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Gene,

      I got the pepper on the retrohale and in the final third of the smoke. Some spice was there throughout but not nearly at the level I expected. I agree that it is a hallmark of his cigars, along with everything else that comes out of My Father. I love me some lanceros!!! See my additional comments in reply to RevJava’s comments. “The debate continues, maybe some of our sister’s of the leaf could weigh in ?” HAHAHAHA. That is awesome.

      Thanks for checking out the review and commenting.

      Best Regards,
      Jeremy

  4. gene

    September 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I’m in ! In NY we got reg & power ball lotto. Playing both. If we win, we’ll all go to Cuba and gets us some Ramon Allones Select for about $4.00 a piece Cuban peso price. For the daily number I’m gonna play what I’m smoking Cain F Lancero . 738 (7×38)
    gene

    • Jeremy Hensley

      September 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      The Cain F Lancero is one of my favorites out there right now. Got the majority of a box left in the humidor. Going to hold on to them for awhile. Awesome price too!!

      • gene

        September 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

        The perennial debate. In the humidor in or out of the tube ?
        gene

        • Jeremy Hensley

          September 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

          In my limited experience, I have always maintained the cigars in the tubes if that is how they came. During the time they are sitting at a warehouse or retailer (which can be a significant amount of time depending on inventory turnover) the cigars are in the tubes and I have never seen it impact a cigar in a negative way. But what do I know.

        • jjo

          September 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

          For me, in the tube, but with the cap off to allow for “breathing”. Best of both worlds. I’m smoking an F lancero tonight, and at this point, I wouldn’t do it any other way. Just my opinion, which of course, doesn’t make it wrong or right.

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