Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 6.75 x 48 “Belicoso”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $13.00 MSRP ($10 at Small Batch Cigar minus 10% = $9.00)


Today we take a look at the Tatuaje Cojonu 2009. Small Batch Cigar has both 5 packs (5) and a 25 count box (1).

This 5 year old cigar blend should be good and ready to smoke and review. I have good buddy, Buzz Gould to thank for this cigar.

The Cojonu is released every three years. There were two prior Cojonus in 2003 and 2006.

It is a collaboration between Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia. And it only comes on this one size.

This year’s blend is supposed to be more upfront and with a ton of spirit and flavor.

This is a light cigar in the hand. And I can feel its age from the crinkly sounds it makes. I imagine Buzz bought these a long time ago. The wrapper is a beautiful dark coffee bean with lots of oil and very toothy.

The triple belicoso cap is flawless. And lots of veins.

I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, spice, leather, and cedar.
Time to light up.

The draw is a bit tight. I gently massage the stick and now it is just fine.

Here comes the Garcia Blast of Pepper. It is not as potent as it might have been back in 2009 but 5 years of age will do that.

More flavors fall into line: mocha java, creaminess, earthiness, nuttiness, and cedar with a hint of leather.
The few retailers that still carry the Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 are charging an arm and a leg. Except for SBC of course. I think Andrew is a stand-up guy. The 5 pack cigar price goes for the same price as the box price per cigar.

The cigar is über smooth. The extra 5 years of aging has made this an extra special blend. The strength is classic medium. It is supposed to eventually hit full bodied but I doubt it will.

The red pepper dies down allowing a nice chocolate flavor to emerge. The creaminess wraps itself around the chocolate like a burrito.

The nuttiness is a combo of almonds and hazelnut. Sweet nuts. Like me.

The char line is hanging tough. But I feel like this is a delicate cigar so I am careful.

The character of the blend is earthy and flavorful. The cigar is taking on a toasty finish. The pepper divides itself in two now being both black and red pepper. And it seems to slowly building.

The flavor profile reeks of age. In a good way. It has a very sophisticated essence. Something hard to describe for me as I rarely get the chance to review a 5 year old cigar. There is warmth, a big playing field of flavor, and a toastiness that won’t stop.


The second third begins. Nothing has really changed except that the spiciness has returned in force. Very peppery.

The nuttiness nearly usurps the creaminess and chocolate. A bit of wood shows up. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 is providing a nice ride. It is not a flavor bomb yet but the earthy based flavors don’t seem to require what we now expect in our cigar blends. Subtle nuances prevail. This cigar requires your complete attention. It is not a hammer over the head flavor profile…and probably not for newbies unless they are truly working on improving their palate.

The strength moves to medium/full.

The cap is funky looking as it gives way to my chomping. Sorry.

At the halfway point, the flavor profile expands. Potency and definition. The sweet spot is nigh.

We have a flavor bomb. It is highly complex and has perfect balance. The Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 is not a conventional flavor bomb. Its flavors are so subtle and nuanced that it is like eating a fine French dessert.

Not too sweet and not heavy on the belly.

This is a real treat. So this is what a Tatuaje tastes like 5 years after it was released.

Here are the flavors: Chocolate, creaminess, toasty, nuts, wood, spice, and leather. I reviewed the Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro and it boasted 10 flavors at its sweet spot.

But there was nothing complex or sophisticated about it.

Crap. I get a crack in the wrapper between the cigar band and the foot. It must be a bitch to keep a cigar this old in perfect humidity for that long.

I believe Buzz said he keeps his humidors at 65% which is probably why I am getting the cracked wrapper. I have kept the cigar in a 68% humidity humidor since I received it over a week ago. So I fucked it up. It bloated on my watch.

My fingers are crossed that when I remove the cigar bands, it doesn’t go bat shit on me.

The last third is upon me. And I am thoroughly enjoying this cigar.

If it wants to be a big boy and become full bodied, it will happen soon.

Of course, if you choose to purchase this cigar, it will be sealed in cello. And the storage humidity will probably be around 70%. And if you don’t want to pay $5 more per cigar than everyone else, then Andrew at Small Batch Cigar is your man.

Thankfully, the crack doesn’t move any further than first discovered.

And then a wallop of flavor. Now we have a full blown flavor bomb. Same flavors but now super powerful. A nice reward. I like the way the Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 builds. The flavor profile is absolutely stunning now.

The last couple inches are tremendous. Well worth waiting for.

I’ve invested a good 90 minutes.

The Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 was a totally enjoyable cigar and I must thank Buzz for gifting it to me. What a pal! Buzz sent me all three Avions and the Undercrown Dogma that I reviewed recently.

I highly recommend this cigar while Andrew still has them in stock. You don’t want to pay $13 a stick for this, do you? Go to Small Batch Cigar. Don’t forget to use the coupon code: Katman10

And now for something completely different:

I had my own TV show back in 1983. OK. It was on Public Access. But it was a well-produced show. My partner was a hot shot radio DJ named Marshall Thomas. We came up with the idea of getting some rock veterans on and interview them within a 30 minute framework.

Our first show was a disaster. We had 3 guests. Two of the original members of the band, “The Larks.” They had a hit in 1964 with “The Jerk.” It went on to be a big dance step in the 60’s. One that almost popped some of the discs out of your back. And they had a new song they wanted to promote. It was on some obscure label. The successful days of The Larks were way behind them. Although they did go on to do those big Oldies but Goodies concerts.

The second guest was Richard Berry who wrote “Louie, Louie,” made famous by The Kingsmen in 1963. What we didn’t know was that Berry suffered from narcolepsy and constantly fell asleep during the interview. I yelled CUT more times than a moil doing a double shift.

We had a simple, but cool, set. We bought sheets of plywood and attached lots of 45 singles to them. We had a small riser with chairs. It was a nice comfy setting.

Here is what still cracks me up today. Both The Larks and Berry lip synced songs. The Larks were first.

Marshall said, “So fellas, would you like to set the song up for us?”

Clearly confused, the two men got up out of their seats and started to move the furniture.

I came out from the booth and explained that Marshall wanted them to explain the song and how it came about, not move furniture.

Then it was Richard Berry’s turn and he lip synced to his original version of “Louis, Louis.” He was barely awake during the song.

Our second show was classier. We had Darlene Love (The Blossoms and wife of Danny Glover in the “Lethal Weapon” movies) and Hall of Fame drummer, Hal Blaine.

Darlene was in the mega hits girl group, “The Blossoms” during the 1960s. Hal has a resume that is, to this day, unbelievable and later, 1981-1984, became my mentor.

In 1967, Ed Sullivan had a show completely dedicated to Nancy Sinatra. It was taped at her Las Vegas casino show. Big band behind her. Hal was on drums. The Blossoms sang back up.

In order to view the show in 1967, Hal went out and bought a $2500 video player. It was a Sony and reel to reel video. It also came with a heavy black and white monitor.

So, the show was on a reel. We had to transfer it to ¾” video. Hal was separated from his wife at the time and living on his yacht in Marina Del Rey, CA. He got the video equipment out of storage and brought it to his boat. I then went to the boat to pick it up. Of course, the damn boat seemed like a mile from the parking lot.

And this shit weighed a ton. I felt like my arms stretched a foot carrying it to my car.

The transfer was made. I took the equipment back to his boat and Hal said, “Phil. Would you please do me a favor and hold on to it? There is no room on my boat.”

I shivered. “OK Hal.” And I dragged it back to my car. To this day, I still have a pristine Sony reel to reel video player and recorder.

The show went well and Darlene and Hal were lively guests. We showed clips from the Nancy Sinatra show a couple of times.

Hal and I bonded and, like I said, became my mentor for a couple of years doing me favors I would have never expected. If you want to check out his discography, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Blaine. It will stun you. He even played on some Beatles tracks. And Ringo’s original kit was an exact duplicate of Hal’s.

We did a few more shows and then we just got busy doing other things. But I still have the shows on VHS and haven’t watched them in years. Someday, I will transfer them to DVD and not ruin my back by doing so.

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