Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

 

Size: 5.25×50 (RX, Robusto)

Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 20, $171

Grade: 9.3

The Maduro version of the Cabaiauan line from Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan inners. Originally released in a small run, the Maduro, or Guapo, was released in a full run in mid 2009. This is a product of the El Rey factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, within the Tabacalera Cubana factory. We reviewed the Connecticut wrapped version of the Cabaiguan here, where you can also find a little more information on this line of cigars from Tatuaje.

Pre-light, 1.7:
The Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro is an interesting looking cigar – the dark maduro wrapper is closer to black than it is to brown, and is topped with a flawless triple cap. The wrapper is probably the most rugged I’ve seen on a premium label cigar – raised veins, popping along the seams, and raised bumps throughout. There are no soft spots however the foot is excellently formed. The aroma of this maduro is very enticing, with notes of cherry and chocolate, with a mild barnyard and a slight cedar. On the draw, the pull is spot on, with flavors of sweet cherry and mild chocolate.

Burn, 1.9:
After ignition, the Cabaiguan billows smoke and has a wonderful draw. Moving through the maduro, I can’t believe how excellent the draw is while still maintaining a slow burn. So far, the construction is reminding me a lot of a Davidoff product – smooth draw, slow and steady burn, and a beautiful sheet of white ash. Though the ash is a bit weak, and the burn does speed up from the half point forward, the Tatuaje burns cool throughout and requires no attention.

Flavor , 2.9:
The initial burst of the maduro is a pleasant mixture of sweet and spicy – a bit of chocolate and a bit of pepper. Moving through the first third, the cherry noted on the pre-light is more a dark cherry on the burn and is producing a very sweet exhale. Through the first third, there is no spice at all, which was surprising considering the initial burst – the dominating flavors are the dark cherry and a slightly bitter chocolate. During the second third, the Nicaraguan tobacco begins to shine, with some mild spice present in the back of the throat and a thick cedar that is very clean and sweet. The middle third is much more subdued flavor wise. Moving toward the band and in the final third, the Cabaiguan maduro is spot on, and has settled into a perfectly balanced cigar.

 

Overall, 2.8:
In my opinion, this is one of the best and most consistent maduro cigars on the market, and it takes the cake as my favorite Connecticut Broadleaf cigar. This collaboration between Don Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson is spot on. The price tag is out of my range for a frequent smoker, but it is priced where it should be for the flavor, balance, construction. I thought a lot about my favorite Tatuaje while smoking this Cabaiguan maduro, and it was tough, but I’d still put the new El Triunfador ahead of this smoke, but not by much. If you haven’t had this one yet, go find it – you’ll be very glad you did.

(Total: 9.3)