|Tatuaje Noellas Reserva 2013|
The Tatuaje Noellas Reserva 2013 is a cigar that fits in with Tatuaje’s focus for its 10th anniversary. Tatuaje Founder Pete Johnson has stated several times that his Seleccion de Cazador (a.k.a Brown Label blend) would be the focus around much of what he is doing for his tenth anniversary. One of the vitolas in the original Seleccion de Cazador line is a corona-sized vitola called Noellas which features a Habano Ecuador wrapper. In 2006, a special limited edition “Noellas Reserva” came out consisting of a Habano Ecuador Maduro wrapper. The “Noellas Reserva” returned in 2009 for another limited run – this time with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Now in 2013, the Noellas Return is once again back – and still sporting the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. I recently had an opportunity to smoke the 2013 incarnation of the Tatuaje Noellas Reserva. This is a cigar where the blend seems tailor-made to the vitola as this is an outstanding cigar.
The Noellas is one of two Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper Reserva cigars to be released in 2013. The other is the 5 1/2 x 50 robusto-sized Regios. The plan is for both of these vitals to have a production run of 2,000 boxes (of 25) released twice per year.
If you go to Tatuaje’s web-site, the Tatuaje 7th Reserva falls under the “Reserva” line. In general I’ve found the “Reserva” line to be a little confusing to follow when it comes to Tatuaje lines. To avoid the confusion, I have come to consider the “Reserva” line as special variations of existing blends. Some cigars classified as the “Reserva” such as the Gran Cojonu, Cojonu 2003/6/9, and RC Series have an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Others (that actually say “Reserva” in the name) such as the Tatuaje Petite Reserva, Tatuaje Petite Cazadores Reserva, and Tatuaje 7th Reserva feature a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
Without further adieu, let’s break down the Tatuaje Noellas Reserva and see what this cigar brings to the table:
While we’ve highlighted the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, the Noellas Reserva features Nicaraguan binder and filler. These inner components are common to the core Seleccion de Cazador line. The cigar is made at My Father Cigars SA in Esteli Nicaragua.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf USA
Since there are a lot of variations in the Reserva line, we will just focus on the Noellas Reserva 2013 cigar. As mentioned at the top of this assessment, this is a 5 1/8 x 42 Corona.
The Tatuaje Noellas Reserva has a dark natural coffee-colored wrapper. The wrapper has a slight amount of oil. The complexion has a rugged feel to it – definitely a classic Broadleaf wrapper. There are not a lot of veins and the wrapper seams are well-hidden.
There are two bands on the Tatuaje Noellas Reserva. The first features the Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador brown band (with white font). This is consistent as the Noellas Reserva also has the same binder and filler as the Seleccion de Cazador line. There is a second band directly under the brown band. It has a black background with gold striping. Prominently featured on the black background is the text “Reserva” is on the black background in gold cursive font.
|Burn of the Tatuaje Noellas Reserva 2013|