Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Saga Short Tales Tomo II-Tales of the Land: Cotuí by De Los Reyes Cigars. This is a cigar we previously assessed back in April 2017.
Wrapper: Dominican Cotuí
Filler: Dominican, North America
Country of Origin: Dominican Republica
Factory: De Los Reyes
Short Belicoso: 5 x 54
Saga Short Tales is a line that was introduced by De Los Reyes Cigars. The concept behind the line is a series of unique smaller, sized cigars – each with a different blend, different vitola, and different theme. The themes in the Short Tales series each pay homage to the art of tobacco and/or tobacco making. Last year, the second installment of the Short Tales line, the “Tomo II-Tales of the Land: Cotuí ” was released. It’s a cigar built around a very unique tobacco from the Cotui region of the Dominican Republic.
Cotuí is a region in the Dominican Republic located about 60 miles southeast of Santiago. The region is known for its gold mining as well as farming. In the region, the Reyes family worked with Monika Kelner, the daughter of Davidoff’s Henke Kelner to produce the wrapper.
In addition to the Dominican-grown Cotuí wrapper, the blend also has an Indonesian binder and combination of Dominican and North American tobaccos for the filler. Tales of the Land: Cotuí is available in one size – a 5 x 54 belicoso. As with all Saga cigars, Tales of the Land Cotui is produced at the De Los Reyes factory in the Dominican Republic.
The cigar is presented in ten-count boxes that resemble library books. This packaging design is a staple for the Saga Short Tales line.
Tales of the Land: Cotuí started out with a mix cinnamon, cedar, generic wood, and a mix of green and red pepper. Early on the cedar notes moved into the forefront. As the cigar experienced progressed the cinnamon transitioned to a baker’s spice. Later in the first third, the baker’s spice and earth joined the cedar in the forefront. By the second half, the classic wood notes displaced the cedar. The combination of the baker’s spice, pepper, and remaining cedar notes still contributed a nice amount of sweetness and spice.
I was a little surprised this time around. When smoking through this round of Tales of the Land: Cotuí, I found a little more in the way of strength and body than I did the first time. Overall, the cigar delivered a medium to full strength, medium to full-bodied cigar.
Key Flavors: Cinnamon, Cedar, Generic Wood, Pepper
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good
Assessment: Box Worthy
Previous Assessment: Saga Short Tales Tomo II-Tales of the Land: Cotuí by De Los Reyes Cigars
News: De Los Reyes Releases Saga Short Tales Tomo 2-Tales of the Land: Cotuí
Source: De Los Reyes
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop