Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 17 December 2012

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cojonu2012reserva1Today’s cigar reviews will cover the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva and the Iconic Leaf Recluse.  Are either worthy of a spot in your humidor?  It’s time to find out.


Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

As you can tell by its name, the Cojonu 2012 Reserva from Tatuaje and Pete Johnson is a cigar that was released this year.  The Cojonu series is nothing new, as it has been around since 2003.  Pete Johnson has released the series every three years, so when 2012 rolled around it was time to ship yet another edition.  The 2012 Cojonu comes in three versions that differ according to their wrappers.  First is the Reserva, which I will be sampling today.  The other two include the Habano and the Capa Especial.  While the Reserva and Capa Especial versions shipped on a limited basis in March, all three of the versions made their official debuts during the 2012 IPCPR show last August.  As for the Cojonu name, it comes from the term Cojonudo.  What’s that mean?  In essence, ballsy, and that is supposed to reflect the Cojonu’s strength.

The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva comes in just one format, a 6 1/2 x 52 Toro.  The cigar features a Nicaraguan filler and binder, while its wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf.  Don Pepin Garcia is responsible for the Reserva’s production in Esteli, Nicaragua.  Earlier I mentioned the whole meaning behind the Cojonu name, so it really comes as no surprise that the cigar’s strength is listed as being full-bodied.

The Cojonu 2012 Reserva does represent its bold name well with its appearance.  The cigar is quite dark.  The wrapper sports some oil but is not exactly glistening.  Some prominent veins can be seen throughout the wrapper, but I notice no major imperfections.  The cigar’s box-pressed shape appears to be executed well and there are no soft spots as I give it a squeeze.  There are two decorative bands.  The top band is your typical brown and white Tatuaje band, while the one beneath it is black and gold and showcases the Cojonu 2012 name.  It should be noted that each Cojonu version comes with a different colored second band so you can tell them apart from one another.  As for the Reserva’s pre-light aroma, I pick up some sweet cocoa.  The cold taste, on the other hand, is of pepper.

After lighting the Cojonu 2012 Reserva with ease, the cigar burns well for the most part.  Plenty of thick smoke fills the room and the burn stays even for pretty much the entire first half.  Around the halfway point a few touchups are needed here and there, but nothing too major.  The light gray ash looks great against the dark wrapper and is solid in nature.  The draw is good as well.


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