Back before Halloween I took a trip to Philadelphia to Holt’s to hang out with Pete Johnson at the release of his Monster Series cigar, The Wolfman. At the event if you bought a box of cigars you got a 3 pack of Tatuaje cigars, one of which was the Cojonu 2012. The cigar is not slated to come out until 2012, and Pete admitted to me that these are a little young. However, being the Tatuaje whore that I am 2 weeks is as long as I could wait before reviewing one of these cigars.
The cigar will be released as the standard 2012 with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a Capa Especial version with a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The cigars will be released in 25 count boxes. According to a thread on the the Saints & Sinners forums, Pete was toying with the idea of releasing a 20 count box that has 10 of each wrapper in it. Time will tell, if that comes to fruition when these cigars are release in March, 2012.
Cigar: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Box Press)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Appearance and Construction: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 is the same size as the 2003 coming in at 6.5 x 52 but this one comes in a box press. The Connecticut Broadleaf adorns a blens which is supposed to be based on the 2003 edition. The wrapper has a nice appearance to it even though it is a little light on oils. In the hand the stick has a nice weigh to it and feels slightly coarse under the fingers. The well packed Cojonu 2012 utilizes 2 bands, the first one is black white and gold denoting Tatuaje which is a change from prior lines and the second band utilizes the same mix denotes Cojono 2012.
The Cigar: I opted to pass on the cold draw of the cigar since I feel that it would be unfair on a cigar that will not be released for 4-5 months. I also will not break the cigar down in thirds as the tobacco may or may not have had a chance to marry. As I smoked the cigar it did start with a typical Tatuaje/My Father experience. You could however, sense it was a little young. The notes which should become more profound over time consisted of coffee, nuts, earth and a hint of chocolate.
Conclusion: It’s rough around the edges, but it is a first take. That take is you can tell the cigar has a lot of notes looking to explode. The young nature of the cigar just shows it needs some age. Equate it this way if you will. Think about the game you had in high school. The potential was there, but it didn’t reach perfection until you were in your college years. I eagerly await the cigar to be released and based on the pre-release I will be one of the first in line to buy a box.