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Cigar of the month July

Late 2016 I had the plan to post a review every Wednesday and every Sunday in 2017 with an added review on the 15th of each month as a series of Lancero reviews but I reviewed so many cigars that I had to post more, so for a few cigars I did a ‘full series review in one’, I added a few special dates to commemorate certain people, celebrate birthdays, last month I did a full week of review and this month I posted two extra Oliva Master Blend reviews so that the 1, 2 and 3 were posted in line. So, just like last month, there are more cigars rated this month than I expected to do. And the first 4 cigars all came very close to each other, with just tenths of a points in difference.

The cigar with the highest rate in July is:

Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill with a 94 score.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in July:

1) Oliva Master Blend 1 Churchill (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Oliva Master Blend 2 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
3) Jas Sum Kral Da Cebak A (Nicaragua) 94 points
4) Ilja VII by My Father A (Nicaragua) 94 points
5) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Toro (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) Oliva Master Blend 3 Torpedo (Nicaragua) 92 points
7) Illusione ~hl~ Maduro Lancero (Honduras) 92 points
8) Lars Tetens Steampunk Toro (USA) 92 points
9) Don Pepin Garcia series JJ Maduro Toro (Nicaragua) 91 points
10) Puros de Hostos Box Pressed Toro (Dominican Republic) 91 points
       Vegas de Santiago D8 Robusto (Costa Rica) 91 points
12) Puros de Hostos Churchill (Dominican Republic) 91 points
13) Romeo y Julieta #2 Tubo (Cuba) 87 points
14) Padilla Artisan Perfecto (Nicaragua) 87 points
15) Te Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend Robusto (Mexico) 86 points
16) Te Amo World Selection Series Mexican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 85 points
17) Te Amo World Selection Series Honduran Blend Robusto (Mexico) 80 points
18) Te Amo World Selection Series Cuban Blend Robusto (Mexico) 79 points
19) Te Amo World Selection Series Dominican Blend Robusto (Mexico) 76 points

 

 

 


The first 12 cigars all rated 91 or higher, with two cigars with the exact same score on the 10th spot. The complete top 12 I would smoke again with pleasure. Number 14 on the list is one of the best looking cigars I ever smoked though but the top 6 are all limited editions that cannot be bought anymore.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial

A few days ago I wrote about, and reviewed, the Tatuaje Cojunu 2012 and in the past I would have used the same introduction for this cigar, but late last year I decided to upgrade my blog, not only with a 100 point scoring system, a regular schedule of reviews, a monthly lancero review but also decided that my reviews needed to become a bit better, less lazy, more personal so I can’t get away with that anymore, and I don’t even want to get away with that anymore. So for the background story on the box and the Cojonu, please check my review from a few days ago.

 


Now the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Capa Especial, what’s so special about it? Well, first of all, its special because of the wrapper used. Instead of an Ecuadorean Habano that was used on all previous Cojonu releases Pete Johnson decided to make a trio of cigars, one with the regular Ecuadorean Habano but also one with a Connecticut Broadleaf (see previous review) and this one, with a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. The size is, just like the Connecticut Broadleaf version 6 1/2×52 and box pressed. The wrapper is a little lighter in color than the broadleaf version but still relatively dark and it looks quite leathery, but still beautiful with no big veins. I do feel a little dent in the cigar right in the middle, hopefully that won’t affect the draw, smoke and smoking time. I have the same issues with the ring as with the Reserva, the bottom ring doesn’t fit the regular Tatuaje ring although because of the color white instead of black it’s less of an annoyance. The aroma is quite nice, like an earthy cacao aroma, medium strong.

 


Once again I used my punch, which has lately been my favorite way of decapping a cigar. The cold draw is great, with a mild taste or raisin and some ground white pepper. I used a soft flame to light the cigar and I taste a soft coffee with milky chocolate and nutmeg. The cigar is friendlier than the broadleaf version. The nutmeg replaced the coffee completely, the chocolate is still there but very weak, i also get some citrus. There’s also a hint of cinnamon in the flavor palate. The flavors are quite dry.

 


After a third I taste some toast with some hazelnut and still some of the spices. Halfway the cigar gets more toasty with some cedar and a cinnamon nutmeg mixture. Every few puffs I taste chocolate too. The cigar also gets spicier with mild pepper on the background. After two thirds I taste cedar with spices, a mild white pepper, citrus and a little freshness but it’s all replaced soon with nuts, pepper and citrus.

 


The smoke is medium thick and a decent volume. The draw is great. The ash is white, dense and firm. The burn is straight, but not as slow as the reserva. The cigar is very well balanced with plenty of evolution. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer this blend over the reserva with the Connecticut broadleaf.

Score: 92

92

 

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Cigar of the month June

I reviewed a lot of cigars for the month of June, more than you are used to but that’s because of two reasons. The first is the ‘series review’, a review in which I reviewed 5 cigars from the same line yet rated them individually and the second reason is the ‘day – name of the cigar connection’ week in which I published a review every single day. I did that because I had too many unpublished reviews drafted.

Well, here’s the list for June, with a close finish but the cigar of the month is:

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro with a 95 score.

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published at Cigarguideblog in June:

1) Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro (Nicaragua) 95 points
2) Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda (USA) 95 points
3) RomaCraft Wanderlust Prerelease Robusto (Nicaragua) 93 points
4) Fuente Añejo Shark (Dominican Republic) 92 points
5) Murcielago Churchill (Nicaragua) 92 points
6) La Flor de Cano Casanova (Cuba) 91 points
7) Nicoya Fuerte Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
8) Illusione ~hl~ Candela Lancero (Honduras) 91 points
9) Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserve Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
10) Santiago Habano Toro (Nicaragua) 90 points
11) Sosa Auric Perfectum Wavel (Dominican Republic) 88 points
12) Ramon Allones 898 (Cuba) 86 points
13) Taboo Sumatra Churchill (Honduras) 79 points
14) 04 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
15) 03 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
16) 02 (Dominican Republic) 77 points
17) 05 (Dominican Republic) 76 points
18) 01 (Dominican Republic) 72 points

 

 



All I can say: if you haven’t had the pleasure of smoking any Jas Sum Kral then ask your local shop for them or order online straight from the source.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Tatuaje Thursday – Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

In 2003 Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars released a cigar with the name Cojonu, which is slang for ‘balsy’ according to my friends of Halfwheel, and that fits the whole Tatuaje brand if you ask me. Now because the cigar had a year on it you could suspect it to be a yearly limited but no, Johnson decided to make a regular release with a new edition every three years, with the Tatuaje Cojonu 2006, Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 and also a regular production under the name Gran Cojonu in big ring gauge and no bands. Now for the 2012 Cojonu Johnson did something special, he not only released the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 with the regular Ecuadorean Habano wrapper but also a box in the shape of a book with Cojonu 2012 with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a Sumatra wrapper aka Capa Especial. And its all in the detail, a book contains 24 cigars, 12 Tatuaje Cojonu Broadleaf and 12 Tatuaje Cojonu Capa Especial, to keep the ’12’ theme going, even the cover of the book says it “The Cojonu two 12’s”.


Sadly there was no Tatuaje Cojonu 2015 edition, next time I see Pete I’ll ask why and if there will be a 2018 Cojonu. In retrospect, of all the times Pete and I talked we never spoke about any of the Cojonu cigars as I can recall. And I never heard about them online either, so that might be the answer to the question why there wasn’t a Cojonu 2015. Back to the cigar, which is also called Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva. It has a 6 1/2×50 size and is made with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper is dark, it feels like velvet and has a little spark of minerals, the veins are hardly noticeable and it gives the cigar a great appearance. The construction, which is slightly box pressed, feels good and the triple cap is very well made. The rings, well, it has the standard brown Tatuaje ring with the flor de lis and white, swirly lettering on thin paper and even though its not fancy, I like the simplicity of the Tatuaje rings. Unfortunately it doesn’t match with the second band which is shiny and black with golden outlines and a straight font saying Cojonu 2012. I wouldn’t have used shiny paper, golden print and a straight font because it doesn’t match the simple style of the regular ring. Now the aroma of the cigar isn’t very strong and much to my surprise a little minty.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is fine and spicy, woody and peppery. Once I lit the cigar with my soft flame lighter I taste coffee with pepper. After three puffs I also taste some sweetness. A centimeter later I taste toasty wood with spices, some pepper and a little bit of sugar. Slowly the sweetness disappears, it’s all toasted wood with pepper and herbs.


After a third I still taste wood, with a toasty touch but also some chocolate. There are also some spices and herbs. Halfway it’s a little burned toast but not in an unpleasant way with pepper, citrus and a little bit of mint. There is still a little hint of cocoa, mildly sweet. Slowly the pepper and spices grow on the tip of my tongue.


The smoke is quite thick and a nice amount of it. The draw is good, not perfect but very good. The ash is white, dense and firm. The burn is straight and slow. This is definitely a balsy blend, full bodied and full flavored. There is enough evolution and the balance is good. The smoke time is 2 hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? I still have a few and I enjoy other Tatuaje cigars better, but it’s still a very good cigar.

Score: 90

90

 

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Tatuaje gran cojonu

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Cojonu cigars. The last of the series is the Tatuaje Gran Cojonu, a 6.5 inch x 60 Nicaraguan puro toro with a € 14.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands which makes it 2 euro more expensive than the others.
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There are two things that make this cigar stand out between other cigars in the brick & mortars. First feature, or should I say first missing feature, is the band. There is no band. The second feature is the untrimmed foot. The dark wrapper has a few nice veins and feels silky. The construction feels good. After punching the cigar I get a loose predraw without any flavor.
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I can taste a spicy coffee, mild bitter and mild creamy. The creaminess has a chocolate touch to it. The flavors are full, but not as full as the Cojonu 2006 and 2009. After 2 inch the coffee changes into a herbal taste and the chocolate gets a bit stronger.
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Halfway the chocolate gets milder and the overall strength of the flavors are medium and even fade till mild. An inch later I can taste some chocolate again and the flavors slowly grow in strength again. The chocolate disappears and all I can taste are herbs with cilantro as main flavor. The chocolate returns for the last few puffs.
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The draw is loose but the burn is great. I get a lot of thick white smoke and the ash is firm. The cigar, which lasted me an hour and three quarters, is full bodied yet medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I will pick the 2006 of 2009 when I want a Cojonu

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Tatuaje cojonu 2009

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The third of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2009, a 6.75 inch x 48 Nicaraguan puro torpedo with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands. The price is the same for the whole Conoju series, except the Grand Conoju which has a € 14.00 fixed price tag.
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The top of this cigar is quite sharp and the wrapper looks good even though it has a few spots, lots of small and one big vein. The construction feels a bit soft. After I removed the cellophane I smelled a quite strong barnyard flavor that had a hint of ammonia to it. The loose predraw doesn’t pack flavor, just a little sweetness.
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I get a full sweet coffee flavor and the sweetness is something that stands out. The flavors are mild spicy in the aftertaste. After a few puffs I can clearly taste the mild bitterness that comes with coffee. After half an inch the sweetness fades away a bit and the flavors stick on the palate. After two inch some leather joins the coffee and sweetness. The bitterness is only noticeable as a mild aftertaste.
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Halfway the coffee disappears and I get a lot of chocolate with some leather and a herbal aftertaste. The sweetness and bitterness have disappeared completely. The texture of the chocolate is creamy. The herbal flavors slowly grow in strength. Right before the ⅔ mark the chocolate disappears. All I can taste are herbs, not spicy at all. The last few puffs bring a nut flavor too.
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I enjoyed this cigar for an hour and 45 minutes and during that time I enjoyed a huge amount of smoke. The burn is good but the draw is on the loose side. The firm ash has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is definitely full bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, almost enjoyed it as much as the Tatuaje Conoju 2006

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje cojonu 2006

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the four Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The second of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2006, a 5.5 inch x 52 Nicaraguan puro torpedo with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands. The price is the same for the whole Conoju series, except the Grand Conoju which has a € 14.00 fixed price tag.
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The Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper is dark, smooth and silky with just a few minor veins. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, much more aroma then the conoju 2003. The wrapper looks nicer too. The predraw is fine and releases lots of pepper.
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I get coffee, full and strong, almost espresso like with a hint of pepper in the back of the throat. After half an inch I can also taste some leather. Far away on the background there’s an aftertaste that reminds me of dark chocolate.
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Halfway the leather disappears and I taste coffee with some herbs with a very nice chocolate aftertaste. These flavors stay with me until I burn my fingers on the nub.
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I got a lot, and I mean a lot, of thick white smoke from this cigar, I had my window open and I think my neighbors thought I elected a new pope, that’s how much smoke it produced. The ash is quite firm and pepper & salt colored. The burn and draw are good. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. It lasted me for 90 minutes, but I wouldn’t have mind if it lasted twice as long.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a keeper!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje cojonu 2003

The Longfiller company, importer of several top shelve non Cuban brands in The Netherlands, send me a few cigars to review and among them the three Tatuaje Conoju cigars. The first of the series is the Tatuaje Conoju 2003, a 6.5 inch x 52 Nicaraguan puro with a € 12.00 fixed price tag here in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a leather like wrapper that looks tough with some big veins and some spots. The construction shows some weak spots and I think that is the reason for the loose draw. The cigar doesn’t have a strong aroma and smells a bit like a wet dog.
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I can taste coffee with some leather, quite spicy and after half an inch the flavors fade down a bit. After an inch I get some more pepper while the leather has gone and the coffee turned to earthy flavors.
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The flavors don’t change much, this cigar is quite consistent. Halfway the leather returns, full flavored and mild spicy and some herbs. All other flavors have disappeared. After that the cigar just babbles on.
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I got a lot of smoke in the 90 minutes I puffed on this cigar and the ash, which is not too firm, is very light colored, almost white. The draw is a bit on the loose side but the burn is good. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied. It tastes like medium bodied, but the power sneaks up on you like a sniper.
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Would I buy this cigar again? A single every now and then, yes, but I expected more from this cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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