Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva – Cigar Review

The Tatuaje Cojonu series of cigars debuted in 2003 and released in three year cycles. The 2012 release of the Tatuaje Cojonu has three separate blends, the Broadleaf wrapped Reserva (which I am reviewing today), along with the Habano, and the Capa Especial which features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The Reserva and Capa Especial lines were offered in a limited release back in March in books that contained twelve of each cigar, and the full release of all three blends occurred in August at the 2012 IPCPR. “Cojonu” is short for “Cojonudo” which translates to “ballsy” in English, which refers to the lines bolder strength and flavors.

Size: 6 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Cojonu Reserva has two bands, the top is a simple Tatujae band which is brown with white writing, the second band says Cojonu in gold on a black background. The wrapper is a medium brown, a bit lighter than I would expect for broadleaf. The wrapper has moderate veins, with a nice oil to it, and is topped off with a tight cap. Each blend in the line can only be told apart by the band’s color scheme, and of course the leaf’s shading. The Reserva features the gold on black writing as stated above, the Capa Especial line features black on gold writing, and the Habano Gold writing on white.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva has notes of deep dark chocolate, wood, and a light coffee. The foot of the cigar has a scent which is a combination of wood, hay, cocoa, and a spice which tingles the nose. I use a very slight straight cut to prepare smoking the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva, and on the cold draw there was flavors of cocoa, coffee, oak spice, and some wood.

Smoking Characteristics: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva fires up with a mix of rich pepper, spice, oak, and some dark chocolate flavor. Judging from the first few puffs, the Cojonu Reserva lives up to its ballsy name, pumping out tons of rich flavor, and a wallop of spice and strength. Each draw leaves plenty of leather and pepper lingering on the palate. The smoke is dry enough to cause a lot of salivation.

At about a half inch, the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva becomes a bit more kind to me, with the pepper and spice calming down. Now that the more powerful flavors are more subdued I can detect notes of leather, wood, oak spice, and a ton of dark chocolate. Yet, it is important to note that the spice and pepper are still very strongly present in the blend, and not undertones. In terms of strength, the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva is easily full bodied. I’m smoking it after having just eaten lunch and I’m wishing it had been something a bit more substantial.

Into the second third of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva, the dark chocolate becomes a bit sweeter, but the oak spice really intensifies and offsets the effect of the new sweetness. The blend is certainly quite ballsy with the flavors remaining very bold and intense. The spice is still quite apparent but the pepper has mostly faded out of the blend but is detectable on the palate slightly between draws. The flavors are quite complex, well blended, and excellently balanced. The strength is still quite full, one of the strongest cigars I’ve smoked in quite a while, almost overpowering for me. The draw is excellent, very full, with amazing smoke production. Even between draws the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva continues to billow smoke. The ash holds very firm, well past the inch point and the burn is razor sharp.

During the final third of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva, the dark chocolate becomes even more sweeter and the spice is finally more of an undertone in the blend. The notes of leather, wood, and coffee all remain, providing an excellent blend with a nice complexity and depth to it. The construction still stands up very well with a very firm ash, well past the inch point, a sharp burn, and a perfect draw. The strength in the final third eases up just a bit, becoming only full rather than nearly over the top. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva performs well to the nub without pulling any heat.

Conclusion: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva is without a doubt a phenomenal cigar. It is certainly a ballsy blend, with bold strength, and flavor. The flavor is delicious, very well blended, bold, and complex. The construction is impeccable with no attention being required by the burn, draw, or ash at any point. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva is a real hit and should please any Tatuaje fan, or anyone who enjoys a strong cigar.

Rating: 93

MSRP: $13.00