Size: Belicoso Churchill
Length: 6 3/4”
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
The Tatuaje brand has long been a non cuban brand I have respected. The Brown label sadly are some of the only smokes from Pete Johnson that I’ve been able to get my hands on. The Cojonu is what is considered a limited release. The Cojonu line of cigars started in the year 2000. At that time, Tatuaje released the first of the Cojonu line of cigars. The Tatuaje Cojonu is released once every three years.
The cigar comes double banded with a standard brown label tatuaje band then a “limited edition” stylized band with the word Cojonu and the year, in this case 2009. A beautiful shape which is quite unique in my experience and a welcomed size.
The first third you begin with a leather tobacco flavour that while spicy also very smooth. Very much like the montecristo brand. Perfect, sharp burn as the ash held.
As you reach the second third the smoky taste of cedar mixes together with the peppery leather creating a flavour that can only be explained as the smell emitted during the curing and smoking of meat. Once I reached halfway I could taste the transformation from leather to smooth creamy espresso but still a bit of spice. The burn at this point became a bit uneven but adjusted itself quickly.
As you head into the final third you really begin to taste all the tobacco and bold espresso. Tatuaje has done a wonderful job blending the Cojonu line and it really complements and highlights a lot of the best flavour available in the brown label collection. A bit hard to find but definitely worth the search. Grab a box before you can’t.