Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf
Anytime Pete Johnson releases one of his limited edition cigars, it’s like a national holiday. He has built a reputation for producing unique blends at the highest level of quality. Every manufacturer of cigars from the smallest boutique to the largest corporate giant has been trying to decipher his formula for success without cracking the code. The 2012 Cojonu appears to be yet another example of Pete catching lightning in a bottle.
This years Cojonu is packaged in an attractive “book” box with 12 Sumatran wrapped beauties on one side and 12 Broadleaf wrapped on the other.
Format: 6.5 x 52, box pressed
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
The cigar looks and feels substantial. It is box pressed, slightly lumpy with a very even, chocolate brown color. The cap was a bit sloppy but the guillotine remedied that, cutting cleanly through the densely packed filler, opening the cigar up to a perfect draw. The wrapper gave off a delicate floral note along with cocoa and sweet cedar, the foot had a more pronounced cocoa with some leather and little ammonia.
The first few puffs were rich with leather and cocoa as well as subtle, dried red chili pepper. A tartness emerged and muted the other flavors somewhat. The smoke picked up a dusty quality about an inch or so in, the tartness took on more of a dried apricot character and was really dominant while the leather and cocoa struggled to hang on.
About a third of the way through the burn became uneven, requiring a touch-up not uncommon to box pressed cigars. The ash is a fairly dark grey, heavy and gritty. The smoke was dense and flavorful but the cigar didn’t smolder in between puffs, a quality which I like.
After the halfway point, the draw tightened up, a bit more than I like. The tartness changed to a sweeter character, the leather became the dominant flavor with the pepper pleasantly hanging on in the background.
The room aroma was very nice with rich caramel and spicy tobacco, the cigar never heated up, and while there was a build-up in strength from the start, it never went beyond a solid medium. I was left with an overall feeling of contentment. The flavor profile was rich and complex, never heavy but extremely satisfying. While I thoroughly enjoyed evaluating this cigar, I think I would rather just mindlessly enjoy smoking it with a fine bourbon or perhaps a dark Belgian ale.