2006 Wrapper: Aged Nicaraguan Corojo Ligero (Cojonu Wrapper)
2009 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Broadleaf
Binder (both): Nicaraguan
Filler (both): Nicaraguan
Size: Corona 51/8” x 42 ring
2009 has seen an exciting expansion to the Tatuaje brand with lots of new cigars including some new additions to the Reserva line of the Brown Label Tatuajes. Pete Johnson’s seemingly ever broadening use of the sun grown broadleaf wrapper found its way onto two new Tatuaje Reserva cigars. The Reserva Regios and the Reserva Noellas. The new Reserva Noellas are particularly intriguing to me because this is not the first time there has been a Reserva Noella. Back in 2006 Tatuaje offered to a number of its best accounts boxes of Noellas cigars with a Reserva label on the box. This label was applied just as it has always been on the boxes other Reserva cigars like the J21 and SW. There were only about 200 boxes made. The cigar is the same size as the standard Noellas but it has a different wrapper. Instead of the standard Corojo wrapper that is used on the regular Noellas, these cigars are wrapped in an aged oscuro ligero wrapper just like what is used on the Cojonu line of Tatuajes and the Reserva J21. Unlike other Reserva cigars this incarnation of the Reserva Noellas did not sport the second black and gold Reserva band. They only had the normal brown Tatuaje band on them. The only way to know it was a Reserva is to have seen the box it came from, or if you put it side by side with one of the regular Noellas you would see that the wrapper is much darker in color (note: I have found this to be truer of older Noellas which seem to have gotten darker in more recent vintages). The 2006 Reserva Noella was tagged with a nick name, often referred to as a Noella Oscuro in online forums and websites. After that initial run in 2006, Tatuaje never made this cigar again. That is still true today even though we once again have a cigar bearing the Reserva Noellas name…
Here we are in 2009 and we once again have the Reserva Noellas available at many Tatuaje retailers. But this 2009 edition is not the same cigar that was made back in 2006. It is still the same size and same blend, but the wrapper has changed again. The 2009 edition sports a sun grown broadleaf wrapper just like the Tatuaje Monster Series released last October. It also wears the black and gold Reserva band unlike its predecessor and this one, while somewhat limited, is not restricted to just a one time run of 200 boxes. I believe that this cigar is meant to be a mainstay in the Reserva line. It along with its cousin the Reserva Regios have been nick named by some as “little monsters” because they share a very similar makeup to “The Frank” with their broadleaf wrappers around the original blends for those vitolas.
I thought it would be fun, since I happen to have a few of those old Reserva Noellas from 2006 in my humidor, to go ahead and do a side by side comparison of the two different cigars which bear this name. I started with the 2006 edition… (more…)