Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano – Cigar Review
At the 2012 IPCPR, Tatuaje released the highly anticipated 2012 Cojonu Habano, along with the full release of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva and Capa Especial lines. The Reserva and Capa Especial lines were offered in a limited release in March 2012 in books that contained twelve of each cigar. Each blend in the line contains the same mix of binders and fillers with a different wrapper which accentuates a different flavor profile. The Habano features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the Reserva a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and the Capa Especial a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
The Cojonu line was first introduced in 2003 and has been since released every three years (2006, 2009, and now 2012). “Cojonu” is short for “Cojonudo” which translates to “ballsy” in English, which refers to the lines bolder strength and flavors. The Cojonu line, much like all of the Tatuaje lines, is made by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Size: 6 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Cojonu 2012 Habano has two bands, the top is a simple Tatujae band which is brown with white writing. The second band says Cojonu in black on gold background. The wrapper is a medium brown with a few light spots, moderate veins, a bit of oil, and a tight cap. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano feels great in hand with some decent weight to it, and a nice box pressed format that just seems to fit. The bands on the three blends only differ by color scheme, 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 Habano has notes of sweet caramel, wood, and some cedar. The foot has a scent which is a mix of spice which tingles the nose just very slightly, mineral tones, cedar, wood, and hay. To prepare smoking the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano I use a V-Cut along the side of the box press (pictured below) and on the cold draw the flavor with a mix of spice, wood, caramel, and mineral tones.
Smoking Characteristics: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano starts out with a nice bit of pepper and spice, which is fairly typical of a Pepin-made smoke. Once the pepper calms down, about a quarter inch into the smoke, notes of caramel, coffee, earth, wood, and a little lemon zest emerge. The flavors are very bold, well blended, balanced, complex, and offer a lot of depth. A bit spice remains during the entire first third offering a wonderful pairing.Each draw finishes with a mix of caramel and lemon zest on the palate. The draw starts off slightly airy, but tightens up on its own around when the “pepper blast” ends. The strength in the first third is just slightly over medium, which is perfect since I had only had a small breakfast.
Into the second third, the lemon zest and woody cedar flavors become much more pronounced, with the notes of coffee, caramel, earth, and blend of spice remaining as secondary notes. The finish on the palate now is a mix of cedar and lemon with the slightest bit of spice. The construction is excellent with a very firm ash, sharp burn, and amazing smoke production. The draw is prefect, offering just the right amount of resistance and providing a full body of smooth, cool, rich, flavorful smoke. The strength builds a bit more into this third, into the medium to full range.
During the final third of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano, the spice kicks back up just a little, but the caramel, cedar, and lemon zest still dominate the profile. There is also now a bit of a grassy and earthy undertone now in the background, giving the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano a lot of complexity. The strength remains in the medium to full range. The construction continues to be absolutely perfect, with a nice solid ash, sharp burn, and fantastic draw. It smokes cool to the nub with an excellent flavor, and wonderful complexity to the last puff.
Conclusion: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano certainly offered a lot of bold complexity and rich flavors. In fact, out of the three Cojonu 2012 blends the Habano is easily my favorite, yet I did enjoy all three quite a bit. The strength was not quite as powerful as the Reserva line, which I appreciated, since the Reserva line was almost over the top. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano is the type of cigar I would offer to someone who is starting to get into the complexities of cigars. It has all the rich flavors and complexities of a truly superb cigar, but not enough strength that it would easily put someone off. This one is worth the box purchase.