Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/8'' x 42
Ring : 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
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This is another special release from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje cigars. The first Noella Reserva was released in 2006 . . . this is the 2009 version. I have yet to enjoy the original release, but if it’s anything like this little firecracker, it will be quite the treat!
As I understand the blend, it is the same as the standard Noella. However, the wrapper is a specially selected ligero that has been aged longer than the regular version. I have seen mixed numbers concerning the production of this release, but it appears that somewhere around 5,000 were produced.
The wrapper is a very dark, almost black in appearance, and is very toothy, with a couple of prominent veins. The overall appearance is rather rough looking, but this is consistent with a Tatuaje-made cigar.
The draw and burn of this cigar were perfect, but the ash fell off any time an appreciable amount collected. This didn’t detract from the smoke, but it was a little annoying.
Rich! That’s how I would describe the flavor of this cigar. The initial pulls leave a creamy, peppery spice for your palate to enjoy. Quite quickly, the stick takes on a satisfying earthy taste with a vanilla undertone. About halfway, there were full, dark chocolate flavors accompanied by a slight spice. The flavor of this cigar reminded me of a cross between the rich earthiness of a Partagas and the cocoa/chocolate undertones of a fine Padron. Outstanding!
At $8 a stick, this is a good buy. Yes, it is a little pricey for a corona, but some of that is attributable to it being a special release.
Overall Rating :
This cigar is a dynamite little stick full of flavor. I highly recommend it to someone looking for a full-bodied smoke with just the right amount of spice. Of course, I am a big fan of Tatuaje cigars in general, but this one is special in-and-of-itself. I have heard it referred to as a flavor bomb and I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment.