This week I have selection for you that’s probably a little surprising: the Henry Clay Tattoo. Surprising in that it’s a limited edition that hit the markets last year, around six months ago at this point. I have a couple of reasons for reviewing it now. The first and foremost is convenience. I was working on a viewer review request that just wasn’t going to come together in time, and I knew it. But there was this Henry Clay Tattoo just ready to go. Not only ready, but I’ve had the change to smoke through a good amount of them in the months since they were released. As for the second reason, you’ll have to watch the video for that.
The Henry Clay Tattoo has been on my cigar review to-do list since it came out, if for no other reason than the collaboration behind it. As you might remember, relations have not always been good between Tatuaje and cigar behemoth Altadis, particularly when it comes to the fleur de lis. Lawyers got involved a few years back for a while. With surprising speed, the whole thing was over and everyone moved on. I’m not privy to what was agreed upon behind closed doors (other than the published details regarding fleur de lis use), but the creation of this cigar seems to indicate both parties are still on amicable terms. Forgetting for now gossipy intrigue, my real interest was in seeing what was possible when you get Pete and Altadis’s tobacco stockpile together.
If you’d like to hear about the collaboration directly from the sources, check out our interview with Pete at IPCPR 2015 here (starts at 22:14) and our whirlwind tour of the Altadis booth at the same show here (starts at 10:19). Otherwise, it’s time for the review.
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf 2010
Binder: Dominican Piloto 2010
Filler: Dominican Olor and Piloto 2010, Nicaraguan Ometepe Criollo
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Price: MSRP $9.00