Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/scored cigar.  Today, we provide a numerical score to the Tarazona 305.  This was a cigar we assessed almost a year ago in December, 2011.

Tarazona 305

The Tarazona 305 is a maduro offering by boutique cigar company Tarazona Cigars.  The one thing that caught our attention with this cigar was its wrapper.  While the Tarazona 305 has a beautiful wrapper, it is the origin of this wrapper that intrigued us – namely the use of a maduro wrapper from Costa Rica.  Overall, we have found this to be a solid cigar that delivers a very nice smoking experience.

In addition to its Costa Rica Maduro wrapper, the blend contains Nicaraguan tobacco in its filler and binder.  The Tarazona 305 is available in three sizes: a 5 x 50 Robusto, a 6 1/2 x 50 Torpedo, and a 7 x 50 Churchill.  Like when we first smoked this cigar, we revisit the robusto vitola.

The Tarazona 305 does start with a quick blast of pepper.  Once the pepper subsides the flavor profile takes on qualities of leather, chocolate, nut, floral, citrus, and even mint notes.   With this smoke for the assessment update there was less citrus flavor, but more in the way of pepper spice and nut.  We didn’t detect cherry sweetness on this particular smoke like we did the first time.  While the original smoke we had was more medium to full-bodied, this smoke remained medium-bodied until the very end (where it progressed to medium to full).  The strength was medium.

The construction on this cigar was excellent – and this was reflected in the Tarazona 305’s burn and draw.

Click here for our original assessment of the Tarazona 305.

Assessment: Nice to Have
Score: 90

Source: The cigar for this assessment update was provided by Tarazona Cigars.  The request for this sample was initiated by Tarazona Cigars in order to provide feedback.   Cigar Coop is appreciative for the sample, but in no way does this influence this review.