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Cigar Review: Para Ti Canonazos

8 Mar 2012

Though you might not know it, Tatuaje creator Pete Johnson is a cigar distributor as well as a brand owner. And he doesn’t just distribute his own cigars, which are made in Miami and Nicaragua, but also those from a small cigar factory in the Dominican Republic.

Para Ti is the project of Pete Johnson’s friend, Fred Schrader, maker of some of the most highly-regarded Napa Valley wines. A cigar enthusiast in addition to a vinter, Schrader has created two cigars at his small factory, both distributed exclusively by Pete Johnson’s Havana Cellars.

Says Pete of Para Ti: “I’m only doing the distribution, but it’s a trip for me because it’s a completely different country for me to be working with. This is their blend, I OK’ed it; I told them I’d be happy to sell it because the product is good. I don’t know a lot about the factory except that it’s called Para Ti and it’s very small. This is a way for me to help out a friend in the industry, but also, people have asked me to do this before and I never really wanted to do it and this one just seemed to fit right.”

With Johnson handling distribution, Schrader has created two cigars. Extremely hard to find, limited, and expensive ($25 each) is the Schrader Hispaniola Sparky Doco-Est MMIX, named after Schrader’s most exclusive wine. His other cigar, the subject of this review, is the Para Ti, a Dominican puro available in four sizes: Hermosos (4.5 x 52), Perlas (5 x 40), Prominentes (6 x 60) and Canonazos (6 x 48).

To evaluate the Para Ti, I smoked four of the toro-sized Canonazos, which retail for around $8 each. The cigar has as rough, rustic appearance with a medium brown wrapper that has both an oily sheen and many veins. It is firmly constructed, and produces an even burn and sturdy ash.

Para Ti (“for you” in Spanish) starts with forward and simple woody notes, but soon develops into a more complex medium-bodied cigar. It has a strong flavor of roast cashew that combines with dried fruit for a flavorful, balanced blend. Towards the final third it becomes more woody. It has a clean flavor profile with a soft finish.

Considering that I knew little about this Dominican before I smoked it, I found it to be an impressive creation. It’s one of those rare cigars where after smoking one, you’d consider lighting up another almost immediately. With bold, balanced favors and good construction, it earns a most impressive rating of four and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Para Ti Canonazos”

  1. Swede214 Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    That sounds like I would smoke one of those, after you said that you could light up a other one. Thanks for the review.

  2. Patrick S Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Although it should be clear from the review, I thought it worth reiterating: Although this cigar is distributed by Pete Johnson (of Tatuaje) it is nothing like any of the Tatuajes.

    If you're looking for the earth and spice that is characteristic of Tatuaje smokes made by Pepin, you won't find them in the Para Ti. Still, it's an excellent smoke, just very Dominican in character and not like Nicaraguan-dominated Tatuajes.