All of the cigars in these reviews are sold at The Wharf. To read the rest of my reviews, please check my site. -Jack

Tatuaje Monster Series No. 10 The Michael

Posted by Jack | in Tatuaje | on 26 Oct 2017 | at 1:37 PM | 473 views

Michael Myers.  Butcher knife-wielding murder machine out of John Carpenter's terrifying imagination, is the subject of this year's Monster Series cigar from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje.  I was lucky enough to get a box of these last week and I have already plowed through a couple of them so I figured I better review one before I destroy the whole box.  Let me start off by saying that Halloween, the 78 film, is one of my favorite horror flicks....A masterpiece....So I was super excited to see if Pete created a cigar worthy of such a great film and character.  Let's get to it, shall we? Construction: This is a very pretty cigar.  Beefy and very well constructed, Michael has a nice milk chocolate colored Ecuadorian... Continue reading »»



Tatuaje N├ęgociant Monopole No. 2

Posted by Jack | in Tatuaje | on 31 Aug 2017 | at 5:25 AM | 446 views

Every year, I find at least three cigars that I just refuse to stop smoking.  This year, I have already done great damage to the existence of Caldwell's Blind Man's Bluff Connecticut, Blackworks Studio's Killer Bee, and the subject of this review, the Tatuaje Né gociant Monopole.  This was my most sought after cigar since Pete first teased us with it on Instagram.  Was it worth the wait?  Let's find out, shall we? Construction: As with every single cigar Pete puts out, the Monopole is gorgeous.  No seam or vein issues.  The Monopole is draped in a creamy Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that has a nice suede feel to it. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Unlit, the Monopole gives off a powerful set of notes.  Sweet tobacco,... Continue reading »»



Diesel Grind Robusto

Posted by Jack | in Diesel | on 17 Aug 2017 | at 5:54 AM | 431 views

So,'s been a while since I posted a review.  I know, I can only re-read my old reviews so many times before they get boring.  I am going to try to get back into the swing of things by reviewing the brick & mortar offering from the undisputed king of catalog cigars.  Diesel.  Or, more specifically, the Diesel Grind.  Let's get smoking, here.... Construction: A nice oily wrapper leaf covers this cigar. No real veins or seams to speak of.  Actually, a very nice looking cigar. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the Grind offers up some barnyard, leather, and damp earth notes.  The draw is perfect.  Not too open and certainly not closed at all.  Just the right amount of... Continue reading »»



Tatuaje Monster Series No. 8 The Hyde

Posted by Jack | in Tatuaje | on 22 Oct 2015 | at 6:04 AM | 2419 views

It's that time of year again.  Halloween is the time for costumes, candy, horror movies, and Pete " The Master" Johnson's Monster Series.  This year marks the eighth in the full size lineup - we aren't counting the Chuck and Tiff from the Pudgy set last year - and the first time that we have seen a two-part series. Last year was the incredible Jekyll so naturally we have to get the Hyde this year, right?  Bingo!  Anxious to smoke doesn't even come close here so let's get it on.... Before we begin, I always toss Pete a few ideas for next year - he probably doesn't see them but I do it anyway.  So here goes.  A Creature from the Black Lagoon cigar with... Continue reading »»



La Palina Red Label Robusto

Posted by Jack | in La Palina | on 20 Aug 2015 | at 11:50 AM | 2366 views

As I used my charms - or lack there of - to get my mitts on the newest La Palina, I figured I better review it pretty quickly.  I have smoked my way through their cadre of cigars and loved every one of them.  So, how does this new Red Label stack up?  Let's see..... Construction: The Red Label has a nice rustic look to it - a tad rough around the cap but not poorly done or anything.  The wrapper is seamless, nearly veinless, and rough with tooth.  The new red band is extremely sharp as well.  Overall a nice looking presentation. Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the Red Label gives off a nice and very strong scent of sweet cinnamon. ... Continue reading »»