Tatuaje Reserva Regios

Tatuaje Reserva Regios

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Sun Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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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.

The Reserva Noellas and the Reserva Regios use a different wrapper than the standard version. The regulars have a Corojo wrapper, but the Reservas use a sun grown broadleaf wrapper. If that sounds familiar it is because that is the wrapper used on the ultra-limited Monster Series Tatuaje, “The Frank”. In fact, these two new Reservas have been dubbed “mini monsters”. You may also feel a tickle of deja vu hearing about the Reserva Noellas. That is because there was a Reserva Noellas once before. Back in 2006 a very few select retailers received without warning a one time run of Noellas that has a Reserva label on the box. There wasn’t a Reserva band on the cigars though. These were the first incarnation of the Reserva Noellas and they were a one time run of 200 boxes or so (couldn’t find the exact number). This original version was also referred to as a Noellas Oscuro, but I will talk more on that in the near future……

So a quick recap of the current Tatuaje Reserva line. We have the:

  • Reserva SW – Churchill with a Corojo Wrapper
  • Reserva “A” Uno – “A” size with a Corojo Wrapper
  • Reserva J21 – Robusto with a Ligero Corojo Wrapper
  • Reserva Noellas – Corona with a Sun Grown Broadleaf Wrapper
  • Reserva Regios – Robusto with a Sun Grown Broadleaf Wrapper

The moniker “little monster” seems appropriate if you hold the Reserva Regios side by side with a Frank. The wrappers are identical and it really does look like a smaller version of the Frank in appearance. It’s a dark, oily, and toothy wrapper with just a couple prominent veins running it’s length. It is topped with an expertly applied triple cap like all the Tatuaje cigars. Construction is very rarely an issue with a Tatuaje and this cigar is superbly put together with a perfect draw and a nice heft. It is dressed in the standard brown Tatujae label accompanied by a second black and gold Reserva band.

The Reserva Regios starts off a little different than the Frank or most any other Tatuaje. It lacks that blast of black pepper I’ve come to expect every time I light up a Tatuaje. Instead it begins with a mellow spice and a slight sweetness that is common with a sun grown broadleaf wrapper. It is very, very reminiscent of the Frank. It starts to pick up quickly, its strong sun grown “twang” is accompanied by notes of leather and wood. It has an amazingly slow cool burn that allows the flavors to have amazing depth and balance. It gets more and more robust as I make my way through the length of the cigar. The “twang” remains the core of the flavors ad it is complimented by strong notes of leather, wood, earth, and spices. Each draw delivers a something a little different than the last. This was an amazing smoke. Delicious, complex, and an absolute joy to smoke. It starts off medium bodied and a little mellow and it just escalates in body and power as you smoke it, finishing off as a robust, full bodied treat. This cigar is an absolute “must try”.

Update: For the sake of completeness there are a few Tatuaje Reservas that I left out on the list above. The reason for doing so was because two of them were one-time special runs and the third I admit I didn’t know about at the time I wrote this review and I am not sure if it is a one-time run or not, but it is limited to one specific retailer. So the three missing Reservas are…

  • Reserva Noellas 2006 (Oscuro)
  • Reserva SW Maduro
  • Reserva Petite Tatuaje

The Noellas I mentioned above and will talk more on in a future review. The SW Maduro was a special release sold by one shop out west. Pete made the cigar as a kind of memorial for a fallen friend. The proceeds or some portion of them went to benefit that friend's family. The Petite Reserva appears at the moment to be made for one specific online retailer. I have no additional information on that one at this point.

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