“Pete Johnson and Tatuaje have long built a reputation for excellent retail exclusive shop releases. The WCD 127 Tatuaje Limited Edition will now join that list as being one of those special shop releases.”

Coming in at #27 is the WCD 127 Tatuaje Limited Edition. This was a limited edition shop exclusive by Tatuaje Cigars done for DC area tobacconist W. Curtis Draper for their 127th anniversary.  The WCD 127 gives Tatuaje a spot on the Cigar of the Year Countdown for the 5th consecutive year.  This is the second retail exclusive cigar on the 2014 Countdown, and marks the first time a W. Curtis Draper Shop Exclusive has made the countdown.  Finally, this is the first entry for 2014 on the Countdown that features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

This wet-packed cigar is a massive 7 5/8 x 52 Double Corona and could have easily qualified as a Tatuaje Monster Series installment.  This cigar delivers a mix of natural tobacco sweetness, earth, chocolate, raw sugar cane, and black pepper. The first third of this cigar is the sweetest and it almost reminded me of a salted caramel. The second third the sweetness shifts back more to a natural tobacco sweetness. There are plenty of earth and pepper notes to make this cigar enjoyable. This was not a power bomb in terms of strength. I assessed this as a medium strength cigar and the flavors were medium to full-bodied.

Overall I found this to be one of the better Double Coronas I’ve had in a long time.  While it might be difficult to find, the experience spoke for itself – and is worthy of a Top 30 spot.

Click here for our detailed assessment on the WCD 127 Tatuaje Limited Edition.

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Vitolas Available

As mentioned the WCD 127 a massive Double Corona – measuring 7 5/8 x 52.  This is the only size available for this blend.

Recommended Vitola: 7 5/8 x 52

Assessment Rating: 4.0- Box Worthy
Score: 93 (4/7/14)

For more information on our vision and criteria for the 2014 Cigar of the Year countdown, see our December 2014 Editor’s Corner.

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