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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra

Posted: January 9, 2013 6:00 a.m.
Updated: January 9, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Cojonu 2012

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Last time, we closed 2012 with a review of the LFD Mysterio Oscuro, paired with Makers Mark bourbon whiskey.
Today we will begin 2013 with the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra, paired with Macallan, Cask Strength.

The Cojonu, pronounced “Ko ho Nu,” is created by a west coast local, Pete Johnson. It is a line from the Tatuaje brand.

Tatuaje means “tattoo” in Spanish. You guessed it; Pete has a passion for cigars and tattoos.

The cigar is available in three different wrappers, Habano, Broadleaf and Sumatra. It is only available in one vitola,
6.5 x 52.

Pete is no new kid on the block. His cigars are always top rated and consistently moving off the shelves.

I believe the Sumatra wrapper is the better blended of the three. The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is not the most beautiful wrapper, but does offer very nice flavor and complements the binder and filler the best. Both the binder and the fillers are all Nicaraguan.

On the pre-light, the cigar has a hay/barnyard-like scent. The cigar starts off with hints of nuts and is slightly sweet. It progresses nicely, with notes of black pepper and sweet oak. There is also a visit of the cocoa/espresso ghost. (When there is a flavor that comes and goes, I call it a ghost visit.)

Paired with a fine single malt scotch, such as Macallan Cask Strength, the experience is enjoyable. The Cask Strength is exclusively matured in selected sherry oak casks from Spain, and then bottled at cask strength. It offers flavors of fruit, vanilla and a spicy finish.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and thank you for all your kind and generous gifts.

Stay tuned for some exciting new releases!

Relax and Enjoy.

Four and a half stars.

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