Posted by Jack | in Tatuaje | on 20 Jun 2013 | at 10:35 AM | 2056 views
The Fausto line is well named.  It delivers strength and flavor in massive amounts.  As I started trying every Tatuaje I could grab last year, I smoked a couple of the companion Fausto product named the Avion.  The Avion 12 is a nice looking small perfecto while the 11 which preceded it was a bit larger.  The forthcoming 13 series will be released with the usual Ecuadorian Habano maduro and adding a Broadleaf version with a less pronounced perfecto shape.  Thanks to Seth's Humidor and Cigar Coop for that exciting news!
Construction: As with everything Pete Johnson produces, the construction is beautifully executed.  The wrapper leaf is a deep brown with a nice tooth.  Personally, I think that with the birdlike name, the perfecto shape reminds me of a feather.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane the Avion gives off a sweet tobacco, cocoa, earth, and oak aroma.  At first cut the Avion has a good draw - not too open or closed.  As you smoke through it the draw opens up dramatically.
Light and Burn: Lighting the tiny perfecto pointed foot is a breeze.  The burn line is well behaved.  I had one touch up during the end of the second third that was very minor.  Smoke from this elegant cigar is dense and aromatic. Ash is a nice white/gray that clings for a long time.  I did ash my lap with the first drop....as is the usual for me when I am typing a review *sigh*.
Tasting: The Avion starts off with that nice warm peppery blast that is typical to the Tatuaje brand.  As the first third begins, I get hints of black pepper, oak, cocoa, and some hints of cinnamon.  It lives up to it's creed as a member of the Fausto line...full flavor from the get-go.  The flavors intensify as the first third burns through.  The body is medium so far.  Something I have enjoyed in many of Pete's creations - a cigar that blows you away with favor and not just trying to knock you to the ground with heavy body.
The second third drops in strength and the flavors show some sweet oak and leathery qualities with a touch of black pepper that is not as punchy as the first third. The flavors are laced together with a creamy smoothness that really is unique.  I am enjoying every puff of this beauty.  I also notice that the smoke is very aromatic too.  Smoking a super premium cigar should be a feast for the senses....and the Avion certainly fits the bill.
The final third is here and as with most perfecto shaped cigars you get more of the wrapper leaf with each puff.  Flavors showing are peppery laced with leather and black coffee.  I love the underlying cocoa flavors as well.  Absolutely delicious.
Value: The Avion 12 will run you around $9 or so.  For a fairly hard to find Tatuaje product, I would say that price is well worth it.
Final Thoughts: Pete Johnson never disappoints. The Avion is a nice addition to the Fausto line, however, I think the blend is worthy of its own line.  I would like to see a Corona Gorda using this blend as well.  It's an amazing product that should be on your list of must-try cigars, especially if you are a fan of Tatuaje cigars.  I highly recommend this cigar.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Strength: Medium to full and full flavor
Size: 5 5/8 x 46/52 perfecto
Very cool band on this one.  A flying cigar?
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