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

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