Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

Aug 13th, 2017 | By | Category: 90-94, Cigar Ratings, Cigar Reviews, Tatuaje Cigar Reviews

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra Cigar Review

 – 91 (score sheet)
Brand: – Tatuaje
Origin: – Nicaragua
Price: – Around $13.00 (Toro)

There’s a level of smoothness found in the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 that exceeds any other cigar I’ve crossed paths with. I’m talking about a Luther Vandross kind of smoothness here. The kind of smoothness you feel resonate in your soul. The kind that makes all other cigars envious of this stick. However, don’t be fooled thinking this cigar is a one trick pony…it tastes pretty damn good too!

Anyone already familiar with the Tatuaje brand should be well aware that Pete Johnson puts out a quality smoke. However, the Tatuaje cigars, in my humble opinion, are an acquired taste. A taste that I didn’t seem to have acquired so many moons ago. More than a handful of years had passed since my last visit and there was no doubt that I was long overdue to give this brand another look. The Cojonu 2012 is the first Tatuaje I’ve smoked in years and I can truly say I get the hype around these cigars. This was a magnificent stick that makes me want to explore everything this brand has to offer.

About the Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra cigars
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra-Seed
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Size: Sumatra (Toro (6.5″ x 52))
Aged: A few weeks


The box press cigar consisted of a creamy satin brown wrapper that was accented by two bands. Closest to the head sat a chalky brown and white band flaunting the ‘Tatuaje’ logo across it. Just below in gold and yellow the words ‘Cojonu 2012’ elegantly raised from the wrapper. There were a few large veins spread throughout the wrapper but overall this was a very good looking stick.


The prelit cigar had a very light barnyard aroma that was followed by the scents of nuts and a light pepper. The prelit draw was a little tight but I effortlessly filled my mouth with a mild tobacco taste followed by a modest pepper.

The Flavor

First Third
I was only a few short puffs into my journey and already sold on this cigar. Ironically, it was not the flavors that grabbed my attention. What I noticed more than anything with this stick was the velvety smooth smoke that painted the inner walls of my mouth. In hot pursuit followed a creamy tobacco along with a mild pepper that danced in the smoke. An early retrohale in the first third revealed a creamy spice that landed a hard left hook against my sinuses. A pepper residue remained on the back of my throat even after the spice slowly faded away.

I progressed through the first section of the stick greeted by a welcomed flavor consisting of creamy roasted nuts. The flavors rested against the back of my tongue even after setting the cigar aside for a few minutes. The cigar remained creamy even while shifting towards a mild woodsy taste. The flavors were rich, thick and a perfect match for my palate. Yet, what still caught my attention the most was how consistently smooth the smoke remained with every puff I took.

An inch into the first third brought the introduction of a mild cinnamon spice that was followed by the smooth woodsy finish. The flavors remained consistent throughout much of the first section of the stick. By the time I reached the end of the first third a creamy spice followed by a very mild pepper took over as the dominant taste.

Second Third
A creamy woodsy flavor embraced my palate as I crossed into the second third section of this stick. Hints of the familiar cinnamon spice continued to dance within the smoke. A second retrohale presented a creamy spice that was more subdued than what I experienced early on. Yet, a pepper still leaned against the back of my throat even though the spice no longer assaulted my sinuses.

Hints of wood and spice filled the smoke as I continued to march forward. As with before, it wasn’t the flavors that grabbed my attention. Every puff taken from the cigar thus far had a creamy and smooth texture. What followed was a long finish that felt as if it could sit on the palate for days.

I was still in the early stages of the second third when the cigar transitioned into a firm dry wood. The flavors, although drier, were not so dry I no longer enjoyed this stick. The specific flavor of the woodsy notes fell more along the lines of a dry oak than a cedar. Even though the oaky notes dominated this stick, they were not the only flavor presented. At times a mild spice would emerge from each puff while at other times all I tasted was the wood.

The cigar lost some of the creaminess that complimented this stick earlier one. The smoke remained smooth but I still missed the chewy creamy notes. Earthy notes abruptly took over around the midpoint of the cigar. The flavors were fleeting, disappearing almost as quickly as they came. The familiar wood and spice returned taking ownership of this stick. Another retrohale at the end of the second third revealed a more vigorous spice with the pepper in tow. The pepper, as with the previous retrohales, continued to linger along the back of my throat.

Final Third
The beginning of the final chapter of my journey kicked off with the same spicy notes that ended the section before. A few puffs later and the flavors transitioned once again into an earthy taste. The creaminess from earlier on was still missing but the cigar remained as smooth as when I started this journey. A retrohale in the final third revealed the same spice and pepper that was found in the first two sections of the stick. What followed afterwards was a more aggressive spice in each puff.

The cigar remained dry but not as dry as what I experienced in the second third. The finish was no longer as strong as earlier on but the flavors continued to stick to my palate even after stepping away from the stick. I progressed through the final third with hints of earth that mixed in with the spice. The cigar also became a little hot on the tongue about halfway through my journey but I marched forward to see what other flavors I may discover. By the time I reached the end of the smoke it was the spicy notes that stuck out the most.


The overall construction of the reviewed cigar was good. The draw was very smooth throughout the entire stick and I could fill my mouth with an ample amount of smoke. There were a few minor burn issues but nothing that required a touchup from my lighter. Both the first and second third had a slightly crooked burn but the burn was perfect in the final third of the smoke.


The Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra’s are priced around $13.00 per stick.

Final Comments

This must be hands down one of the smoothest cigars that I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with. The Tatuaje was velvety smooth from the time the cigar hit my lips until I laid it to rest in my ashtray. So much so that my enjoyment of the textured smoke surprisingly surpassed my enjoyment of the flavors. Don’t get me wrong, the flavors presented by this stick were great! The smooth sexy smoke was so unique that I just couldn’t help but be drawn to it.

There wasn’t a bad section with this stick as all three were very good. However, if I had to pick a favorite my vote is easily cast for the first third. The introductory section presented an array of great flavors that consisted of a creamy tobacco, a spice, roasted nuts and even a dry wood. I enjoyed the flavors from the second and final third but missed the cream that was present early on in this stick.

Years have passed since the last time I smoked a Tatuaje and this stick made me feel the need to become reacquainted with this brand. Before recommending this smoke, I must give fair warning that this is not a light cigar. I would never recommend this cigar to someone just beginning their journey with premium cigars. I tried a couple of Tatuaje cigars back in my early days and just didn’t care for them at all. My palate has evolved over the years and I must admit this was one of the better smokes I’ve had in a long time. I loved every minute with this cigar and look forward to smoking it again.

Click here to see the score sheet.

Point scale:

  • 95-100 – Cream of the crop
  • 90-94 – Excellent
  • 80-89 – Good
  • 70-79 – Average
  • 0-69 – Poor, not worth the money
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