"A Cigar for Pipe Smokers"
I got two of these with FSS's Coffee 6-pack #2, which introduced me to some cigars that have become instant favorites. Of the three pairs, the Tatiana Mocha Caramely impressed me the least.
Not to say it wasn't nice. I didn't dislike it. In fact I thought the flavor was pretty good. Draw was good, no problems there. But the cigar was a bit mushy. Got very soft by about halfway, not a tight pack. Also, I felt like something was amiss in the way I was smoking it. Somehow it wasn't hitting the spot. Then it struck me that this is not a cigar. It's a pipe full of shredded tobacco rolled up in a leaf.
That's right. The tobacco is not long-filler, nor is it even the standard choppy short-filler. It's fine shredded flake like you'd use in a pipe. Once I got that figured out, I puffed it more like a pipe than a cigar, and sure enough, the rest of the experience was more pleasurable.
If you're a pipe smoker, and you want to take baby steps into cigar world, then the Tatiana line may be a good transition. Or, if you can't find a pipe tobacco with a nice Mocha Caramely flavor, get some of these and pack the filler in your trusty old Briarwood. I think it will pleasantly surprise you.
CP in MA August 26, 2013
It was not a bad stick. the taste was as expected with a cigar of this price and rating. i have only tried one so far, but the wrapper looked a little shoddy and wasn't wrapped as tightly as i would have liked but over all an average experience. Wasn't wowed though.
Paul in Poplar Bluff February 28, 2013