We’re back this week with another Pete Johnson creation, the Cabaiguan Belicoso Fino (5.5×52), produced in concert with Pepin Garcia and his son Jaime. Covered in a gorgeous Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut shade wrapper, this cigar was very attractive with but a few small veins running lengthwise. It had just the proper amount of give when squeezed and a nice simple band.
The cap cut cleanly, though with a bit of difficulty. Using my single-blade Havana Cutter, the blade stopped dead about one third of the way through the head. I pushed a bit harder, hearing an obvious “crunch” as the blade slid the rest of the way through revealing a few small (and hard) stems reaching up to the cap. This was somewhat troubling to me, though I’m not real sure why, but the draw was good so I continued on toasting the foot.
Through the first third the flavors were earthy, with a salty twang that left me licking my lips trying to place the taste. Through most of this third the burn was pretty bad, running on one side with the other almost refusing to catch up. While I’m generally not one to place blame on myself, since it eventually corrected itself without my help I’ll go ahead and say it was probably my lighting that did it. 🙂
Given the other Tatuajes I’ve had, I was expecting much of the spice I have found with them but was surprised to only get hints of spice/pepper at a few times through this cigar. Overall I found this rather medium bodied, again a surprise based on the rest of the Tatuajes. This Belicoso produced tons of white smoke with every draw and once it got evened out the burn was clean through the rest of the cigar. The second third was dominated by earthy/woody flavors with hints of nuts and a bit of cream on the finish.
The last third saw a return of the salty flavors and a bit of unevenness to the burn, but not near as bad as the beginning. Flavors continued with nuts and cream with the occasional hint of throat spice until it began to get a bit harsh. I usually don’t get all that far into the last third of a cigar and this one was no different. While I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit, I would love to be able to get it in a corona or petit corona. The Cabaiguan is certainly not a cheap cigar but I think I’m going to have to start hunting for a box of the Coronas Extra. I can’t wait to see how these are with some age.