Cigar Reviews

Tatuaje Verocu #5

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So as I stated in my previous review, I have had a really bad case of gout lately. It’s going on 3 weeks now. I’ve been getting better, slowly, but I am not back to full steam yet. So bare with me. The combination of the pain and the unheard of snow and record low temperatures (we are recovering from literally the coldest few days every recorded in El Paso) has made it hard to get to a review. Hence why I am taking up Daniel’s normal “slacker” post late in the week.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

This week’s review is one that Daniel has teased me about. I have been trying to get to this review for weeks now but every time I fire up one of these cigars I decide I much rather kick back, relax, and smoke it instead of writing up a review. Either way, it’s better late than never. I bring you, Tatuaje’s Verocu #5.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

The Good Stuff: The Verocu line is basically a spin off of Pete Johnson’s already existent  Havana VI line. Pete wanted to extend the line so he, and master blender Don Pepin ramped up the blend by adding enough Ligero to coin the Verocu as a “Havana VI on steroids”.  The #5 is the newest size in the Havana VI series. This short, stout little cigar is jam packed with more flavor than most cigars three times it’s size. These cigars come in cabinets of 50 and run around $195 for the box.

Size: 4×40  –  Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano  –  Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Prelight: The Verocu #5 is a perfectly constructed little cigar. Judging by some of the other smaller cigars I have had I would assume that smaller vitolas are hard to roll. They just usually seem to have some sort of flaw in one way or another, but these cigars are spot on.  I absolutely love the wrapper on these cigars. The consistent, dark, almost milk chocolate looking wrapper looks almost good enough to eat. The wrapper leads up to Pepin’s famous, Cuban style, round triple cap. On most of these cigars I found it harder to find larger veins. Only a few sticks had more prominent ones. The only thing that would make this cigar look any better would be a band. No idea why Pete decided to keep the bands off these cigars, but I personally would have liked to see them.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

The body of the cigar gives off a very sweet, chocolatey aroma where as the foot  tells a very pepper filled tale with notes of tobacco and cocoa. The cap was pretty easy to cut using my double bladed Palio cutter.  The cold draw gives off a very peppery and spicy first impression with little notes of tobacco and a bit of fruit shining through.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

First Smoke: The Tatuaje Verocu #5 lit up with extreme ease using my single torch flame. Right away you are greeted with this just, immense pepper flavor. Enough to give you a bit of a tingling sensation on your lips and tongue long after each draw.  After sorting through the strong pepper punch I was introduced to very sweet, tobacco, cocoa, and even berry like undertones. The draw on these Verocu #5’s are badass. Don’t let the size fool you. They pump out a thick cloud of smoke just like the big dogs. Not only is the draw large, but the cigar pushes out a mean trail of woodsy/tobacco scented stationary smoke.  The ash the Verocu leaves behind is a very bright white, with a few greyer spots, very tightly compacted all the way up to the perfectly even burnline.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Halfway There: The Verocu #5 is still kicking out quite a bit of pepper. Not as much as the first third, but it is still a major player in the flavor race.  There is still some spice creeping in with the subtle cocoa and berry flavor but there is also this coming and going of a very slight perfume/floral type after taste. I love it. This tiny cigar is just jam-packed with tons of flavors. I am not really feeling any nicotine off this cigar, and quite frankly I’d be surprised if a cigar of this size gave me more than a slight nicotine kick if any at all. The retrohale is very sharp coating my nasal passage with just tons of pepper at this point and a lingering woodsy coating.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Finish: That floral taste has surprisingly married up with the sweetness of this cigar and have completely dominated the pepper and the spice. The only undertones now are a bit of berry mixed with some dark chocolate. This is one hell of a mash-up. I am still not feeling any nicotine off this little guy either. The burnline has been just spot-on the entire way. I had a tiny bit of unwrapping at the cap of the cigar, but that was more than likely due to the way I clipped the cigar combined with the dryness of my humidors right now. It’s impossible to keep those things above water in the winter here. This has been just an all around smooth smoke. There was very little harshness towards the end, however once I got down within the final inch the head of the cigar really heated up. I took it down as far as I could without burning my fingers off. The heat was nice though as its freezing cold outside. And by freezing, I mean like 45 degrees. Call me what you will but I’m a desert boy used to the warm weather.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Overview: The Verocu #5 is one hell of a cigar and could quite possibly be the best drive-home cigar I have ever had. It’s definitely up there with the Tatuaje Pettit Cazadore, Illusione Epernay Pettit, and the 7-20-4 Dogwalker. The only main difference between the Pettit Cazzie and the Verocu is I personally think the Verocu is quite a bit bolder and hold much more flavor. So it just depends on what you are into. I seriously smoked about half a Cabinet of these bad boys in a matter of a month and I will be buying another one in the near future. This is a must have in ANYONE’s regular rotation. The cigar is nothing short of amazing and the price is much lower than what I would personally pay for one of these.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Pairing: I am still not 100% sure I should be enjoying a drink, but screw it. I have been alcohol free for far too long. Beer really screws up gout so I reached for the wine in  this case. Hopefully I’ll be back on the beer wagon before next week’s review.  The wine in question was a nice little glass of Enchantment Vineyards Chocolate Port. This is a favorite of mine and I love to pair this with more flavorful cigars. The Chocolate, Raspberry, dark grape, and black cherry notes are bold enough to overpower any lighter cigar. In this case, the risk paid off as the wine paired perfectly with the floral and berry notes the Verocu had to offer. Another great pairing would be some dark coffee, or a nice little stout. Brooklyn Brewing makes a badass black chocolate stout that would pair wonderfully with this cigar.

Tatuaje Verocu 5

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. Dalamscius

    February 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Nicely done Tony. These are great little smokes. I had a few of them and smoked them all away. Definitely a good pick for a drive-home cigar.

    And yes, you are a spoiled desert-boy. It was about 20F in my last review and I said it was surprisingly warm! Man up and come have a smoke with me in a Canadian Winter! 😛

  2. Jared

    February 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Gout?? What are you 90? Great review Tony! I have a couple of these waiting for me at home. The flavors sound like a perfect combo of the Havana and Cazadores lines. And that burn line is perfect the whole way huh? Keep it up Tony and stay off the precessed meats and booze!

  3. Tony Casas

    February 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

    @Danny – Thanks dude. I wouldn’t last a day in your weather. Im spoiled. Very spoiled

    @Jared – Where the hell have you been man? haha. Yeah it’s almost gone. The gout diet is pretty easy to stick to minus beer. I love beer. But im not a drunk. So I only have a few usually so I should be ok. Hope all is well bro. I havent seen ya around and was scared you got lost in the desert.

  4. blane

    February 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I could not agree more.Got a couple at my local and loved them.When I went back for more they were gone.As far as your gout you need to get cherry extract.You can get it at GNC.Cherry juice at your local organic market also.I know what its like.Trust me if you feel it coming on again the cherry extract will work.Feel better buddy.Im going to have an AVO Heritage now.

  5. Tony Casas

    February 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    @blane – Thanks bro, I’ll probably grab some today. Ive been eating a ton of black berry, eggplant, purple carrots, and thingsof the sort. AVO Heritage? Now THAT isa badass stick! I love the heck out of those.

  6. blane

    February 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Take my advice cherry extract.My second AVO Heritage and you are not kidding.WOW! The roasted nuts,pepper creaminess. spices and leather.Im only half way through a churchill and I am totaly enjoying it.

  7. Tony Casas

    February 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    @Blane thats my next favorite AVO next to the LE10! I’ll look for the cherry extract today. Is it something Walgreens or CVS might have? How much do i take? Thanks dude!

  8. Tadd

    February 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love this stick…. Great choice. good to hear you are feeling better. Don’t listen to the grizzled old canadian…. It’s freezing down here in the south also…. I know nothing about gout…. or scurvy….. I would smoke this everyday if I could.

  9. Jake

    February 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Tony –

    Sorry to hear about your health problems, that totally sucks ass. Hopefully the diet helps.

    You wanna hear about cold? I was out in the garage earlier this week, smoking my little heart out when my wife decided her car needed to be in there also. Within 10 seconds of her opening the garage door, my cigar EXPLODED like someone had put one of those joke cigarette loads in it. There was no cracking sounds, no crinkling sounds, just a POP! and the whole thing ruptured. Now I know what a temperature change from 65 degrees down to 31 degrees BELOW ZERO does to a cigar. Lesson learned. It took my little gas heater 2 days to bring the temp back up to a point to where I could no longer see my breath out there.

    Get better soon, bro! And, enjoy your “freezing” 45 degrees.

  10. DaByrdman33

    February 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I have been eyeing these for a while and have yet to pull the trigger on them. I really like the Havana VI Angeles and the Hermosos so I am definitely on board for this if it is truly a Havana VI “on steroids”. Nice review as always. Now I have to go find some of that chocolate port. Sounds tasty. Good luck with the gout. My father battles it constantly. It has only gotten worse since he has gotten older. A good doc can prescribe the right meds to keep it under control.

    Happy smokin’ bro.


  11. matt maronna

    February 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Glad to hear your gout is getting better man. Been meaning to track these down but haven’t had a ton of luck finding them. Still have yet to find tats in my area, let alone these have been hearing good things and appreciate the review.

  12. Tony Casas

    February 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Sorry about the delayed responses guys. My wife got sick so now I am playing the role of the good husband 🙂

    @Tadd, thanks man. I try my hardest to NOT listen to daniel ever single chance I get.

    @Jake, Where the heck are you man?! Thanks just insane! We got down in the negatives a week ago. It never, ever gets that cold here. I’ve never heard of a cigar exploding like that!

    @DaByrdMan, Thanks for the read bro! Don’t get me wrong, its not insane with strength, but there is a bit more than the standard Havana Vi’s. I only have about a 30 – 45 minute drive home so this cigar fits perfect into the time frame. Hopefully I am back to normal by next week sometime!

    @Matt, I feel your pain man. No one locally carries these cigars. Anytime I want Tatuaje I have to order. Luckily my favorite local has Illusione or I would go crazy.

  13. Jake

    February 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Tony – I’m in NE Oklahoma. Temps like that aren’t normal for here, just a wacky couple of weeks of weather we had. We’re just starting to thaw this week =)

  14. Tony Casas

    February 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Glad to hear it man!

  15. Lisa Rotenberg

    March 3, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Fabulous review and I agree with every word. You eloquently describe the experience Matthew and I had with our “TV5’s”. Hot little numbers that were almost too strong for me… I said ALMOST.


  16. Tony Casas

    March 3, 2011 at 6:59 am

    haha! Love it Lisa! These sticks are soooooooo good. They became my drive home cigar. Every day I needed one. I haven’t had one in a while though 🙁 New car… gotta see how long I can rock the new car scent!

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