Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra
Cigar: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumata
Size:Box Pressed Gran Toro (6 1/2 x 52)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: $13 msrp ($312 for a book of 12 Sumatra & 12 Broadleaf)
Pre-Light : (1.8) 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.
Enough with that, how’s the Cigar:
The Cojonu 2012 Sumatra is an impressive looking cigar. The wrapper is rusty brown mottled leaf with a some veins. The gold and white Cojonu 2012 band stands out. The scent off the foot is that of sweet hay and barnyard. Prelight draw has a bit of grassy note.
Burn: (1.7) The 2012 Sumatra Cojonu takes to flame nicely and off we go. The burn line gets a bit wavy but self corrects. The draw is loose and I pay attention to smoke slowly. This is the way I prefer gran toros to smoke so it doesn’t bother me. The mostly white ash drops cleanly every inch or so.
Flavor: (2.7) The Cojonu Sumatra starts off with black pepper and spice which coats the palate and then leads into a sweet oaky flavor that is very tasty and not too strong. The spice softens up a bit and the cigar becomes very smooth with the sweet oaky flavor coming and going. It is clearly defined in the retrohale. I wish I could come up with a better description for it but it reminds me a little of peanut butter. Strength is medium through the first third.
Into the second third the body of the cigar has started to pick and the ash is showing bit more dark rings too it. The flavors get a bit more complex but remain very smooth. There is an occasional hint of dark cocoa mixing into the flavor with the pepper and sweet oak.
As I hit the final third the body has definitely picked up and this is a solid full bodied smoke now. The flavors haven’t changed much but a bit of bitterness has crept in. The flavors did not transition much through The Cojonu Sumatra but we’re smooth and enjoyable through the smoke.
I know their are quite a few big Tatuaje fans out there including one at my local B&M, I am not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pete does great things with his brand, but I find that for my palette, they are either hit or miss. The Cojonu Sumatra 2012 is definitely a hit. I enjoyed it even a bit more than I had hoped and a lot more than I expected. I’m not usually drawn to Sumatra wrapped cigars but the Cojonu really did a great job of blending to the strength of the sweetness and nuttiness of the wrapper.