This is a guest review courtesy of Denis from CigarInspector.com
The following review comes as a first-time encounter with a Tatuaje cigar, so I was particularly interested in determining whether I will be as pleased by the brand as others have been.
Having smoked two cigars for the review, I can say that both were akin in regards to construction and flavor. The producers of this Nicaraguan puro have done a wonderful job with the design. A couple of large veins along the cigar streak the rather dark corojo wrapper. The cigar, featured with a striking triple cap, is firm to the touch and feels pleasant in the hand.
Inspecting the construction of the J21 Reserva further, I felt that the pre-draw was loose, but provided a perfectly fine draw throughout the entire smoking process.
Marvelous, ample white smoke clouds engulfed me while smoking the J21 Reserva, further adding to the enjoyment of the cigar.
My only issue with the construction of the J21 Reserva is the burn, which required a constant correction every inch or so. Both cigars that I have smoked presented this flaw, so it is not a singular, one-time case.
Pre-light, the wrapper exhibited a pronounced honey aroma, taking me by surprise, as I was expecting something more peppery. It was not long, though, until the pepper flavor prevailed, just the way it happens with Cuban cigars during the initial minutes.
The first third of the cigar will tickle your senses with flavors of black pepper and wood. As you are progressing through, the pepper fades into a mix of woody and earthy flavors, topped by a touch of bitter chocolate.
The J21 Reserva is a complex smoke overall, offering a large assortment of notes, some difficult to translate into concrete flavors. What I can surely assess is that the cigar slowly built power, from medium-bodied halfway through, to becoming quite powerful towards the end, requiring more time between puffs.
The price I paid was slightly higher than the average $10-$11 retail, but it was well worth it.
As final thoughts, I can conclude that, aside from the burn issues that I have mentioned, the Tatuaje J21 Reserva is a high quality product.
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