I thought the time was right to revisit the Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary which was made for the Barclay Rex store back in late 2010 in commemoration of their 100 years of existence. Production numbers for the B-REX (as some may call it) was around 195 boxes of 25 cigars which, based upon the lineage from which it comes, simply wasn’t enough to meet the tremendous demand. It shares similarities with the Pork Tenderloin and J21, both that were met with rave reviews as well.
I smoked a few when the Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary first came out and was very impressed with the flavor profile. Since then, I went through Pete Johnson’s other well made cigars letting these rest for a bit.
Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary Review
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: 6 x 52
Smoke Time: 1hr 40min
Location: Tasty Tobacco Shop
The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is very rich in color and a great match for the pigtail and closed foot. The Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary looks elegant with the “exclusive series” band and perhaps an understated “Barclay Rex 100th” on the front of the label. It is well balanced in my hand with medium weight and has a firm feel. The cigar feels full, solid and actually reminds me of the Tatuaje TAA 2011 as it has some similarities in appearance and construction. One look at the Barclay Rex and you feel you’re about to go on an exciting journey.
The cigar as beautiful as it may be, was rolled to be smoked so I continue with a nice cut across the head and take a smooth prelight draw. There is plenty of smoke as I light the closed foot turning the extra wrapper into ash. The burn in the first third was slightly wavy but it self corrected and very even from that point forward. While the gray ash was somewhat flaky at certain points, it held on firm for around 1.5 inches. The cigar overall had a wonderful burn with a perfect draw throughout the entire smoke.
The smell of the wrapper was very faint but reminded me of cinnamon and cedar. The initial few puffs were of coco, chocolate and wood. The first third continued with a chocolate and nuts flavor followed by a peppery finish. The overall flavor profile is smooth and sweet.
The second third is a bit of very faint cinnamon and bit more of the coco/dark chocolate notes with some spice at the end. The finish certainly felt a little different from the first third which I thought was unique in itself. The final third transitions with a sweet leathery flavor but continues with the underlying notes of coco and spice. As I approach the end of the Tatuaje Barclay Red 100th Anniversary, my sensations are bombarded with plenty of pepper. I enjoyed the ending as much as the rest of the cigar.
In my opinion, the Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary is still flying high with its flavor profile. I enjoy a balanced cigar and while at times the Barclay Rex may have instances of pure caramel sweetness, the spice and peppery finish makes it a perfect match. I definitely see more similarities with the Tatuaje TAA 2011 comparing the flavor profile and over appearance of the cigar and if you don’t have any of these left in your humidor, I do know the Tatuaje TAA 2011 is available for purchase.
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