Origin : USA Format : Corona Size : 5 1/8” x 42 2006 Wrapper : Aged Nicaraguan Corojo Ligero (Cojonu Wrapper) 2009 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Broadleaf Filler : Nicaraguan Binder : Nicaraguan Hand-Made Price : $10+ More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars...
2009 has seen an exciting expansion to the Tatuaje brand with lots of new cigars including some new additions to the Reserva line of the Brown Label Tatuajes. Pete Johnson’s seemingly ever broadening use of the sun grown broadleaf wrapper found its way onto two new Tatuaje Reserva cigars. The Reserva Regios and the Reserva Noellas. The new Reserva Noellas are particularly intriguing to me because this is not the first time there has been a Reserva Noella.
This review concerns the new Padilla Miami, rolled at the Fabrica de Tobacos de Padilla in Miami. It sports a new band (you can see the old band in Jerry’s review) but it seems like the blend hasn’t changed and the moving was caused by Padilla’s desire to reduce costs by controlling the production (Don Pepin Garcia, the previous blender, being quite busy with other cigars might have also played its role). I haven’t tried the old blend so I will not be able to compare the two – consider it as a regular review.
Everybody knows Don Pepin Garcia. Everybody has smoked at least one cigar rolled by the man, be it a EO 601, a Tatuaje or a Cabaiguan. It's no surprise that he produces cigars under his own brand - Don Pepin Garcia Blue was introduced in 2005 and had its band redesigned since then. This lancero is a Nicaraguan puro produced in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. It retails for approximately $9 per piece.
This year hasn’t been as prolific with the new cigars like last year was, but 2009 has brought a few new things from my favorite brand of cigars, Tatuaje. This year there are two new additions to the Tatuaje Reserva line of cigars. Two of my favorite Tatuaje Brown Label vitolas now have a Reserva version, the Noellas and the Regios. The Regios will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first Tatuaje I had ever smoked, and it was the first vitola in the brand that I purchased an entire box of. So when I heard that the Regios was being used for a new Reserva I was predictably excited.
This review comes courtesy of Nicky187, the winner of our Cigar Rights contest.
I received the box of Medina 1959 Miami Robusto cigars from the Duque Cigars Company. The package arrived in good condition. When I opened the solid wooden box, the smell was wonderful. Cedar from the box mixed with the smell of the cigars.
The Cuba Aliados Miami is manufactured by Reyes Family Cigars, who are the makers of Puros Indios Cigars. These cigars are a different blend than the regular Cuba Aliados line, and are made in Miami instead of Honduras. I had a hard time finding background information on this cigar, as apparently it is a new release.