Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf

Cigar: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf

Size: Box Pressed Toro (6 1/2 x 52)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: $13 msrp ($280 for a book of 12 Sumatra & 12 Broadleaf)

Grade:  9.3

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The Tatuaje Cojonu was first released in 2003.  The Cojonu (or “Ballsy” as a reference to the strength) is different from most limited releases.  The Cojonu is released as a regular edition cigar however every three years Tatuaje release a new Cojonu blend that is named for the release year.  This year Tatuaje has released two versions of the cigar, an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapped and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapped version.  The other elements of the cigar are the same which really allows  the different elements of the wrapper to stand out.  I love the idea of releasing them together so we can really see the differences.  The “Book” presentation is different and a very nice feature of the limited (2000 books) release.  My understanding is that these will be released in boxes specific to the wrapper in the future.  Yup, I wrote the same thing in my review of the Sumatra, fitting isn’t it?

Enough with that, how’s the Cigar:

Pre-Light : (1.9) The Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf is equally impressive to its sister the Sumatra, even a bit more impressive.  The wrapper is a dark chocolate brown with minimal veins and very smooth to the touch.  The scent off the foot is that of sweet hay and barnyard with a hint of wine and cocoa.  Prelight draw offers up a distinct cocoa note to the senses.

 Burn:  (1.7) The 2012 Sumatra Broadleaf toasts nicely.  The burn line gets a bit wavy and eventually starts to run a bit until I correct it. The draw is perfect.  During the middle of the smoke one section of the cigar seems to be burning hotter than the rest.  The hot spot seemed to burn itself out and the cigar self corrected.  The ash is a bit loose in patches and my patio floor is the victim of a wayward ashing.  Smoke was ample but not as heavy as I would have expected.

Flavor:  (2.9) The Cojonu Broadleaf opens up with a bouquet of cocoa and chocolate notes on the front with a hint of pepper on the finish.  After the first two puffs I can’t wait to see what else this cigar might offer.

Heading into the second third I get more of that great cocoa flavor, very little spice, and an incredibly smooth smoke.  The body is a solid medium so far.  I’m picking up some other very minor, nuanced flavors, but for the most part the Cojonu 12 Broadleaf is like smoking sweet smooth chocolate.  .

Now smoking into the final third and the creamy cocoa notes are still there the spice and pepper have also picked up.  Body has moved to a medium-full range and getting fuller with every puff.  The flavors have been fantastic through the entire smoke and are even more complex on the retrohale.  Oddly enough as I get into the nub I get this wonderful flavor of roasted berries mixed jumping into the mix.

Overall: (2.8)

What else can I say but “wow”! The Cojonu 12 Broadleaf absolutely surpassed my expectations.  I smoked this cigar after smoking the Sumatra  version because I expected to like it more as I tend to like Broadleaf over Sumatra.  Wow that was a good decision because I was impressed with the Sumatra cigar enough to consider it a possible box worthy cigar.  Well, the Broadleaf sealed the deal.  The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf is a flavorful, balanced, extremely enjoyable smoke and is hands down one of my favorites for 2012 so far. Despite it’s size this cigar had me longing for more after it was gone.  I imagine that much like the Sumatra version, aging will make this cigar even better.

I will definitely be buying a book of the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012’s so I can enjoy and age these excellent cigars as I expect the complexity and richness to continue to improve.

 Total:  9.3