February 11, 2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador 7th Reserva

Tatuaje 7th Reserva
In about an hour I am going to be talking about this cigar on Kiss My Ash Radio, but I was hoping to get the review shot out before then. I found it difficult picking out a cigar to review for this spot on the air, and usually I would try and review something brand new, but today I am going for a cigar that has been on the market for almost two years now, and a cigar that was made to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the company. We are coming up on the 10th Anniversary of the company, and I imagine, or better yet, I hope that the company will be releasing a cigar to celebrate ten great years, but in the meantime let us take a trip back two years to the release of the Seleccion de Cazador 7th Reserva.

In 2010, to honor seven years for the Seleccion de Cazador line, Pete Johnson released the 7th Natural and Reserva. The two cigars were both in a Corona Gorda vitola, and were composed of the same filler and binder. One was finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and the other a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The size has been incredibly popular, or so I have been told, in the line, and the 7th Reserva has become a very well known cigar as well. I personally find the vitola to be great, and both wrappers are truly enjoyable. The 7th Reserva, unlike the rest of the Seleccion de Cazador line, is not made in Miami, but is made in Esteli, Nicaragua at Don Pepin's My Father Cigar Factory. 

The filler and binder are all Nicaraguan, and the cigar measures 5 5/8" with a 46 ring gauge. The cigar is rolled perfectly, with a great triple cap, and has a nice dark and toothy wrapper. The wrapper is Maduro in coloring, and has some dark marbled brown colors to it. There are wonderful aromas of rich earth, spices and leather. The spices are a combination of pepper and Asian spices, and this is going to be a great cigar. As I cut the head I am getting a great draw, and also a great flavor profile of cocoa, coffee, leather and rich earth.
Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper
As I light up the cigar I immediately begin getting a great amount of flavors, and the cigar is getting a great amount of smoke. There are initial flavors of cocoa, rich earth and leather, and there is a nice finish of spices, black pepper, wood and coffee. The cigar is burning wonderfully, and it is leaving a nice light gray ash. The burn line isn't razor sharp, but it is fairly even, and the draw is perfect. I am getting a great amount of smoke present from the cigar that is very aromatic, and the cigar is smoking between medium in full for me. The first third has been truly enjoyable, producing a great amount of flavors, and smoking wonderfully.

When I get into the second third the cigar is still showing wonderful flavors that are similar to the first third, but the strength has increase some, and it is very enticing. The flavors of cocoa, coffee and leather are really at the forefront, and the finish of spices and pepper are very enjoyable. The cigar is burning wonderfully in terms of construction, and I am getting some great smoke rings as well. The burn line is still perfect in this third, and the strength of the cigar is around a heavy medium full. I am really enjoying this Corona Gorda vitola, and it is offering a great balance between the flavors of the wrapper and the filler.

I am in the final third of the cigar now, and it is finishing wonderfully. The burn line has been perfect in this third, and I have a razor sharp burn line with a great solid light gray ash. The flavors up front of leather, wood and cocoa are fabulous, and the cigar has a lovely finish of pepper, coffee, and Asian spices. The strength of the cigar finishes closer to medium in body, but still slightly above medium. The smoke has been very thick and I am being engulfed in aromatic smoke. I smoke the cigar down to the final bit of the nub when there is practically nothing left, and it is still burning flavorful and cool.

As I look back on this cigar I remember in the past when I said I prefer the 7th Natural and 7th Capa Especial over this cigar, but that has been changed. These cigars have been sitting in my humidor for sometime, and I think age has really done wonders to this cigar. I am giving this cigar a 93. This is a cigar that smoked wonderfully in terms of construction performed wonderfully, and more importantly produced a great amount of flavors. I think this is one of the best Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers I have had, and even though the thinner ring gauge offers more flavors from the wrapper, Pete Johnson did a great job in the blending to make noting too overpowering. If you are a fan of Connecticut Broadleaf cigars, Tatuaje Cigars, and just great cigars in general then this cigar is definitely for you.
Tatuaje 7th Reserva