Posts Tagged With: Pete Johnson

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

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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

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Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

This cigar just looks impressive and intimidating with the sheer size of 6¼x60, the smooth dark wrapper and the closed foot. I got this as a gift at a huge herf in Ocala, Florida. The cold draw is a little tough with a peppery taste on my lips and the cigar has a strong wood aroma.
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The first puffs give me a smoother and softer flavor palate and strength then I expected from the looks of this cigar. Earthy tones with wood and a little bit of pepper. Soon it changes to wood, herbs and pepper. After a centimeter I get a lot more pepper and the cigar is starting to become the powerhouse I expected it to be.
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After an inch I taste pepper and herbs, the cigar is now strong and spicy and after a third I taste wood again with some citrus and the pepper.
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Halfway I taste a sharp cinnamon flavor that is a bit too strong to be nice and the pepper becomes very dominant. After that the flavors don’t change a lot anymore except a citrus flavor that gains a little bit of strength on the background.
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The smoke time is two hours and thirty minutes with a fine draw and a medium thick smoke. The burn is great and the light colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I like the twist on the regular Tatuaje ring, its still very easily identified as a Tatuaje but also very clear it’s not a regular Tatuaje.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Not with this ring gauge

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Havana VI Almirantes

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

I bought this cigar in my home country of The Netherlands for €8. The 7×47 cigar is made by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua for Pete Johnson from Tatuaje, like all Tatuaje cigars.
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The wrapper is nice chocolate brown with some veins and the well known simple Tatuaje ring. The wrapper is mild oily. The aroma is very unusual and more floral than the barnyard, even though there is a faint barnyard aroma too. I feel some soft spots in the construction but the cold draw is great nonetheless. I taste musty wood with raisin.
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I taste a sparkling, twangy pepper with blackberries and wood. After a third I taste wood with some pepper on the background and still a hint of blackberries. Halfway the flavors get creamy, more buttery with wood, a little citrus and a nice pepper.
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After two thirds the twang is gone but I still taste the wood, the citrus and the cigar gets a little more spicy. The flavors are full but smooth.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and a half with a great draw and a decent amount of white smoke. The light colored ash is reasonably firm. The burn is great. I would call this cigar medium plus bodied and medium plus flavored too.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, as a matter of fact, I have a full box in my humidor

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

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Tatuaje Pudgy Tiff

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #8 is a new one, just like the Chuck and it’s actually Chucks bride, Tiff. Tiff is exactly the same size as Chuck, 4×50 but with an Ecuadorean Connecticut Shade wrapper and that’s where my prejudice kicks in, I hate Connecticut Shade wrappers with a passion. I’m even hesitant to smoke this cigar, but on the other hand I made a commitment to review all pudgy monsters and so I will. The wrapper is a bit dull with a few veins. The ring is cream white with black letters, my favorite color scheme for the monster series so far. The construction feels good, the cold draw is fine, with sweetness and a hint of pepper. There is a reasonable strong aroma of musty wood.
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In the beginning I taste honey with a classical musty Connecticut Shade flavor, the reason why I don’t like it. After half an inch I also taste wood.
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Halfway is more of the wood with the musty flavor, but the sweetness changed from honey to sugar. The wood flavor is leading, the musty flavor is lingering on the background though. Near the end I taste a lot of pepper on my lips.
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The ash is white and firm. The draw is good and the burn is sharp. The smoke is medium thick and white. Mild to medium bodied cigar with medium flavor. The cigar lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No! It’s not a bad stick but not my cup of tea.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Pudgy Chuck

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #7 is a bit of a strange story as its a new blend, not just new for the Monster spin off series but a complete new blend as there’s never a full size Chuck. The cigar has Nicaraguan fillers and binder with an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper in a 4×50 short robusto size. For the ring Johnson chose baby blue with white lettering. The wrapper has a very nice dark chocolate color with small veins. Construction feels good and the cigar has a strong stable or barnyard aroma. The cold draw is perfect and quite spicy.
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I taste nutmeg and a toast flavor, but with a hint of pepper so it’s nothing like a piece of French toast for breakfast. There is also some creamy sweetness. After half a centimeter it’s the toast flavor that’s most powerful.
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After a third there is a bit more sweetness on a toasty base. Halfway I also taste a woody flavor with the toast and sugary sweetness. The flavors are all a bit creamy. Near the end the woody flavor gets stronger but still with a lot of sweetness.
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The smoke is a bit thin but not thin enough to complain about and it gets ticker along the way. The ash is silver gray and firm. The draw is just as I like it. The burn is sharp. I would calm this cigar medium bodied and full flavored. This small cigar lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, and I would also love to try this in a robusto and Churchill size.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Pudgy JV-13

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #6 is the JV-13, new to the sampler kits. It’s a 5 ½ x52 version of the full size JV-13 aka The Jason. The cigar has been made with Nicaraguan tobacco and a high priming Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and the blend is based on the Fausto/Avion blend. Pete Johnson chose for a red band with black letters for this release. The wrapper is dark, it looks kind of mean with a big vein like a huge scar on the back. Construction feels good, a bit hard but consistent. There is a mild sweet aroma and the cold draw is flawless but very peppery.
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Pepper and coffee, that’s the first things I taste. After almost an inch the pepper is still strong as hell, but with a hint of caramel and some wood.
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After a third there is a little more wood with the pepper. Halfway the cigar turns meaty, I like it. It’s bold, straight forward, strong. Slowly a little sweetness shows up again. At the end I taste a very nice toasty flavor, toast with pepper, some sweetness and smokey BBQ.
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The smoke starts out a little thin but it gets ticker and more plentiful. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. The ash is almost white and firm. The draw is perfect and the burn razor sharp. The cigar lasted an hour and forty five minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes and smoke it after a big BBQ.

Appearance: 7
Construction: 9
Draw: 10
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 9

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Tatuaje Pudgy Mummy

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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Cigar #5 from the Pudgy Monster sampler is the pudgy mummy, a 5 ¾x47 Nicaraguan puro with a sun grown criollo wrapper. The band is simple like all Tatuaje cigars, grey with white letters this time. The wrapper is nice deep colored with a nice shine and a few thin veins. The construction feels good. The cold draw is tight and peppery. I actually used my cool, custom made, draw tool and noticed a plug approximately at the ring.
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The first puffs are spicy, peppery and a little harsh. But not harsh in a bad way. The harshness and pepper disappear and I taste spices, wood and just a bit of white pepper. It’s nice and balanced.
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After a third the pepper picks up a little without overdoing it. The woody aftertaste is very nice and there is a hint of dark chocolate.
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Halfway it’s wood and spices, mellow and well balanced. The power slowly builds up but it never gets full bodied. At the end I taste nuts.
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The draw is great after I used the draw tool and the smoke is thick, white and copious. The ash is silver gray but it’s fragile and breaks easily but then it’s firm. The burn is sharp and slow, that’s how I like it. The cigar is flavorful and medium plus bodied. I enjoyed this cigar two hours.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I would. I even used my nub tool for the first time in a long while.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 7
Draw: 8 (6 before 9 after draw tool use)
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 9

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