Another gift from Tony over at leafandgrape.com. As a fan of Pete Johnson who got his start as the buy for the Grand Havana room in Beverly Hills, California there has yet to be a cigar of his that I run away from. In fact, if a shop has them I will drive out of my way to buy a handful. I am not sure if I am right about this, but I believe the difference between the Regios and the Regios Reserva is the latter has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
Cigar: Tatuaje Regios Reserva
Size: 5.5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Appearance and Construction (19/20): An incredible looking wrapper with a nice amount of oils showing. The cigar has some veins but not many for a broadleaf wrapper. The foot of the cigar is a little soft but the rest of the cigar has none. It does however feel a little bit light in the weight department. The stick sports a triple cap and the classic looking brown label of Tatuaje cigars. There is a secondary band with black and gold and the word Reserva.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): Upon lighting up the cigar I am surprised to find the stick burns a little harsh but this could be due to the fact I dropped the cigar and cracked the wrapper at the foot. I felt the spices on the back of the throat but also am able to pick up some nice wood notes. As we work through the first third the harsh spicy notes begin to smooth out some revealing a well balanced smoke of spices and wood. The second third of the cigar the spices begin to become defined with the most notable one being cinnamon. As we enter the final third of the cigar the stick remains an enjoyable mixture of spices and wood with a touch of leather notes.
Burn/Ash/Draw (25/25): Usually when I drop a cigar and crack the wrapper I smoke the cigar but don’t bother to use it in a review. But I dropped this cigar and it cracked a solid inch. Despite this the burn was incredible and the ash managed to hold well past 2 inches. The ash was fairly white with some dark splotches mixed in. The draw was incredible. I am very impressed that the crack of the wrapper did not effect the burn of the cigar.
Overall (24/25): I know Pepin Garcia is behind the blending, but I am sure Pete Johnson provides final approval. With that said I don’t know how the man does it. Sign me up I am ready to become a member of the church of Pete Johnson. This cigar has such a relaxing flavor profile that I feel like I just spend a few hours on the couch with a psychiatrist. This was better then any prozac the prescribed. *twitch* I know some might ask why I bothered to review this based on one stick, but I felt the fact that I damaged the wrapper and it remained such an outstanding smoke was a testament to the cigar