I recently came across these stick in Holt’s and to be honest I never saw them prior to a few weeks ago. The cigar was originally launched in 2005 and is part of the Cojonu line which also consists of the 2003, 2006 and 2009. This cigar has become my go to cigar as of late as the flavors just explode off the stick. It is strange for me to like a 60 ring cigar but if you smoke one you too will fall under the spell of the Tatuaje Gran Cojonu
Cigar: Tatuaje Grand Cojonu
Size: 6.5 x 60
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo 99
Appearance and Construction (18/20): This monster of a stick features a closed foot and a triple cap. The cigar has a one major vein on the wrapper, and several small thin veins through out. The cigar shows off a nice amount of oils and has no soft spots. Prior to lighting it up for review I dropped it and the foot cracked some for those of you who may notice it in the picture. However this won’t affect the review as I will refer to my prior notes if this one acts up (which it didn’t). The cigar comes in boxes of 12.
Flavor & Notes (30/30): Prior to igniting this cigar the prelight notes are that of cedar and sweet tobacco. Once lit the cigar hits you with a significant amount of pepper that slowly slows down and the cigar begins to develop notes of leather and coffee. As we approach the second third the strong pepper notes are a distant memory. What remains is a delicious chocolate note that is so easily defined it rivals Godiva. As the cigar approached the final third a sadness envelops me that this experience is coming to a close. The notes are a toned down chocolate bordering on cocoa with some earth and wood. The cigar features a long finish that adds to the experience.
Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): For a big ring cigar I am shocked every time I smoke these on how even they burn. The white ash is as solid as they come and it holds on for eternity. The draw is slightly loose but I welcome that when it comes to a cigar of this size.
Overall (25/25): Simply the best Tatuaje on the market now. The other day I told Tony from smokescore.com on twitter that I like these cigars better then the Tatuaje Black and I still stand by that. It is worth the purchase price in my opinion and this cigar simply can’t be beat. On famous-smoke.com their customers rate this cigar a 98 but it comes in a notch lower here.
Price: $161.99 a box of 12 at Famous-Smoke.com
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