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Presmoke thoughts:

I bought a jar of these Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gordas in March, and they’ve been sitting in the coolerdor since. I smoked one right after getting the jar, but realized it was more complex than I could appreciate at the time as I smoked it while running around. The 2013 edition of these come in a plastic-like jar, not the porcelain beauty of the 2007s. This jar is still very nice, and I’m happy with it. Apparently they sell these at the same rate whether you buy them in a jar or just a loose bundle, so I think getting the jar for “free” is pretty awesome. For a greater break down of the jars, the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gordas, and their history, check the HalfWheel link I have in the Stats section below. It’s a good read.

The whole Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda

 

Construction:

The simple band on the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda shows their logo, which I like.

This isn’t a perfect looking cigar. It’s a little bumpy, it feels harder at the foot and head than the middle, and the color — while totally subjective — isn’t my personal shade of preference. All that said, I love the simple band, the closed foot, and the nub head.

The nubby top of the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda

 

Prelight:

The Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda cigar has a strangely pleasant musky hay smell. I also pick up notes of a dark chocolate or cocoa smell as well.

The cold draw gives me a dark fruity sweetness. Blackberries. It’s a rich sweetness, totally lacking pepper — which surprises me given that Tats are known for their common pepper profile.

The closed foot on the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda

Stats:

  • Cigar Brand: Tatuaje
  • Cigar NameBlack Label
  • FactoryMy Father
  • Country of OriginNicaragua
  • WrapperNicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Estelí
  • BinderNicaraguan
  • FillerNicaraguan
  • VitolaCorona Gorda
  • Length5 5/8″
  • Ring Gauge46
  • Cost$9.47 (bought as a jar of 19 for $179.98)
  • Where purchasedFamous Smoke
  • StrengthMedium-full, but closer to medium for me
  • Smoked2014-05-13
  • WhereCar, in parking lot
  • When~6pm
  • Occasionn/a
  • Mealn/a
  • Wheren/a
  • Drink Pairingnone
  • LinkA great review and history on HalfWheel

 

First Third:

Starting out on the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda I’m getting a little, tiny bit of pepper on the retro but it’s mostly nutmeg right off the gate. On the nose I get a creamy sweetness with hints of cedar. I’m not tasting any strong flavors right away, only a sight wood or oak flavor. A few pulls in I start tasting hints of vanilla, very slightly. That slight, subtle taste isn’t the case for long and the cigar starts to change and introduce new flavors in a rapid-fire manner.

In fact, I’m only 3/4 of an inch in and I feel like the profiles are changing so often I can’t keep track of it. The Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda is certainly no one-trick pony.

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This is another stick I’m having a hard time fighting the strong urge to continually puff on. I’m told the best practice is to only pull on a cigar once or twice a minute. The temptation from the taste and ever changing profile is to pull twice every 20 seconds. This thing is good.

About an inch in and things are still really changing. Cedar has become the more dominant flavor. When I retrohale I get a glorious toasted nut flavor that is just fantastic. If the retro stays like this I will be one happy man. I haven’t had one since I was a kid, but I’d kill for a peanut butter parfait to go with this right now.

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The taste has moved strongly to a woody taste with an amazing buttery caramel aftertaste. If I wasn’t so afraid of ashing on myself I’d be doing a happy dance. Like everything in this so far, that doesn’t last long with its constant change.

Ending out the first third I’m getting a little of that butter but mostly cedar. This is really, really nice.

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Second Third:

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The second third gives me leather flavors to start. That’s not my favorite, but it’s enjoyable enough on this cigar.

It stays fairly consistent in its earthy nuttiness, and isn’t showing the complexity of the first third. It’s actually sort of a relief as the first third was getting overwhelming with the constant changes. The second third lets me enjoy the act of smoking this cigar in this beautiful weather we’re experiencing.

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Moving through the second third the heat causes the wrapper to get a little jiggy, slightly lifting away from the rest of the wrapper in parts, and loosening up like a white guy at a wedding reception after raiding the open bar. I am, of course, certainly not talking about myself.

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Final Third:

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The final third brings back the butter, but loses most of the retro flavor. No more peanut butter! It stays that way through the rest of the final third until the nub is burning my fingers. I don’t want to let this Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda go and I’m debating how much burned finger is acceptable. Bandaids are a fashion statement, right?

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So unbelievably tasty!

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Burn:

Wavy, and consistently wavy throughout the entire smoke. Never problematic, and not even annoying. Self-correction was the name of the game and I didn’t have to touch the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda up once.

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Final Thoughts:

I repeatedly burned my finger tips trying to get this one down as far as I could. The Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda is a fantastic cigar and I loved it. All the more happy that I have another 17 left. From what I read there’s a high risk of these not aging well, so I’ll likely not let those sit around too long. I would easily recommend the Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gordas as a jar of 19 purchase, and they are far and away worth it.

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