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"Box date MAR 2006"

Review by: kevink868
Review Date: 04/21/2007
Rating: 8.5
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Review Notes: After six months at 65% RH, the burn issues are gone. Opens with the expected blast of pepper and wood, settles into the leathery profile described by Darbarian. Draw is effortless, but the finish is short for the first half. The Cubanesque twang arrives around the halfway mark, before paying off your patience in the final third. Walnuts, toffee and maybe some roasted (meat?) flavors come in on the powerful but smooth conclusion. A slightly uneven performance, but last 25 minutes is well worth the price of admission.

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"Extraordinary"

Review by: kevink868
Review Date: 11/20/2006
Rating: 8.67
Criteria 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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Review Notes: The Cojonu was my first Tatuaje, picked up as an afterthought at the Center City Holt's a couple years ago. They had one box, with only three or four singles rattling around in it. I had never heard of the brand, and it was double what I like to pay. But damn, these things looked good! By about 1/3 into it, I thought, "This could pass for Cuban." By 2/3, I was convinced it was BETTER than most ISOMs I'd smoked. I was left thinking that this stick had the depth and character that old-schoolers say Cubans had in the early 90s, before the ligero supplies ran thin. Anyway, after that first chance encounter, I didn't run into another Tatuaje for around nine months. Since then, I've snagged nearly every box I came across. Not all have measured up to that first one, but an average Cojonu still beats 98% of what else is out there. The box of Cojonu 2003s I have currently remains a little unbalanced, and I hope to have the discipline to give it a year or more to settle down. At a time when nearly everyone is producing a good cigar by historical standards, these still stand well above the crowd. Among the best I've ever had, with potential to age into a classic.

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