Cigar Aficionado

Cabaiguan Guapo
54 54
Tasting Note
Pete Johnson, owner of the Tatuaje brand, works counter to brand building 101. His cigar names are nearly unpronounceable. For those who had trouble with Tatuaje, he followed up with Cabaiguan, a cigar named for Cabaiguán, Cuba, located almost in the direct center of the island. Cabaiguans have been made for Johnson by the Garcia family since 2006, first in Miami and later in Nicaragua. The brand was good but not remarkable until the addition of the bolder, darker Guapo size that garnered our high ratings. The success of the one size inspired Johnson to make an entire line of Guapos, in natural and maduro versions, for a combined eight sizes. The original Guapo (which Johnson now calls the Guapo Toro Grande) is still our favorite, a cigar that is stunning to behold, with an impeccably crafted head and a flag tip—it's unfair to call it a pigtail—that's wider at the top than at the bottom, in the shape of a fan. The cigar has balanced flavor, with sweet but not cloying notes of cocoa powder, a sprinkling of black pepper and cedary, leathery intonations.
Body Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 54
Length 5 5/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2012
Price $11.00
Designation Top 25 of 2011 | Rank: 7
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2011 | Score: 92

Solidly rolled with a lightly-colored wrapper and a pigtail cap. It exhibits great balance with a cocoa-powder sweetness, some light black pepper notes and cedary, leathery intonations.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2008 | Score: 91

A dark, thick cigar with a pigtail cap. There is a dominant meaty, leathery flavor that is complemented by coffee and chocolate notes that culminate in a cocoa finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale