Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial – Cigar Review

The Tatuaje Cojonu series of cigars debuted in 2003 and have been released in three year intervals. The 2012 release of the Tatuaje Cojonu has three separate blends. The Capa Especial, which features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper (which I am reviewing today), along with the Habano, and the Broadleaf wrapped Reserva. The Broadleaf Reserva and Capa Especial lines were offered in a limited release in March 2012 in books that contained twelve of each cigar, and the full release of all three blends occurred in August at the 2012 IPCPR. The Cojonu line, much like all of the Tatuaje lines, is manufactured by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua. “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: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial has two bands, the top is a simple Tatujae band which is brown with white writing. The second band says Cojonu in gold writing on white with 2012 below. The wrapper is a medium brown, with some decent oil, moderate veins, and a nice tight cap. The cigar has a nice weight, and is made in a box pressed format which gives it an excellent feel in hand. The bands on the three blends only differ by color scheme, the Reserva featuring black writing on gold, the Capa Especial line with gold writing on white, and the Habano with gold writing on a black background.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial has notes of sweet woodiness, grass, and a nice clean feel to it. The foot of the cigar has a scent which is a combination of sweet grass, hay, spice, nuttiness, and some wood. To prepare smoking the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial, I use a v-cut on the width of the box press, and on the cold draw has a flavor which is a mix of wood, cedar, spice, and a bit of citrus.

Smoking Characteristics: The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial starts out with a rich blend of grassy, woody, spicy blend with a bit of pepper that lingers on the palate. The profile is dry, but causes a lot of salivation while smoking. After the quarter inch, the strength starts to kick in as the pepper starts to fade out. Notes of butter, leather, and cocoa join the palate and linger pleasantly between draws, providing a nice finish. The draw is very full, providing a nice body of smooth, cool, rich, flavorful smoke.

Into the second third of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial, a nice shift in the flavor profile takes place. A new nutty note joins the blend with a little earthiness, providing a wonderful complexity. The notes of wood, cocoa, spice, leather, and slight buttery profile remain in the blend. The strength moves into the full range, but does not overpower. The ash is very firm, easily holding past the inch point, and the burn is nearly razor sharp. The draw remains excellent, easily providing a full body of smoke, with just the right resistance.

During the final third of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial, I can see a little bit of the pepper and spice begin to reemerge. The notes of cocoa, wood, spice, leather, earth, and nuts all remain, but the pepper and spice have all but replaced the buttery notes. The blend is excellent, with a wonderful balance, nice flavor, and great finish on the palate. The construction remains excellent, with a firm ash, tight burn, and a wonderful draw. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial smokes cool to the nub, without pulling any heat, or causing a finger burn.

Conclusion: All three blends in the Cojonu 2012 series are wonderful. The Capa Especial is in the middle of the three Cojonu 2012 blends in terms of strength but the lower of the three in terms of flavor intensity. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial has an excellent blend of flavors with a wonderful strength and construction. All three are worthy of trying, and all three are excellent blends and priced fairly.

Rating: 92

MSRP: $13.00