October 11, 2020

Tatuaje TAA Exclusive 2020 (5 5/8 x 54)


Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

The Tatuaje TAA 2020, the tenth consecutive exclusive release by Tatuaje Cigars for the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) Exclusive Series is now heading to retailers.

This year’s release features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. It’s the first time a Tatuaje TAA Cigar has used a Sumatra wrapper. The cigar comes in one size – a 5 5/8 x 54 viola, the same size used on the first Tatuaje TAA Cigar in 2011 (but that cigar utilized a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper). The Tatuaje TAA 2020 is packaged in 10-count boxes.

Typically The TAA Exclusive Cigars are unveiled at the organization’s annual convention and trade show. Since this year’s trade show was canceled due to COVID-19 social distancing, this year’s TAA Exclusive Series was unveiled at a virtual meeting held to TAA members on March 25th, 2020.

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: My Father Cigars SA

Vitolas Offered

Vitola: 5 5/8 x 54

The cigar is a medium brown and has a nice dense feeling in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, brown sugar, light nutmeg, earthy leather, and black coffee. There is quite a bit of the earthy leather notes. The sweeter notes are nice but you really notice the earthy leather. There was black pepper rated at 7. The pepper mixes well with the cedar and brown sugar. 

At the first third (36 minutes) the cigar still had a lot of earthy leather. The sugar tastes a lot like a table sugar at times. I get brown sugar initially but it seems to transform to a table sugar. The nutmeg is tied to the earthy leather but it's not overly noticeable. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is nutmeg and table sugar with modest lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 92.

Moving through the second third (1 hour 6 minutes) the cigar showed improvement. The flavor notes are now cedar with brown sugar. Gone is the table sugar. There now are a lot of cinnamon notes which combine with nutmeg. The earthy leather is greatly decreased. The black coffee remains at the base. The cigar is now a high grade medium to full bodied. The finish is brown sugar and nutmeg with much increased lingering black pepper. I like the changes in the cigar. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 39 minutes. A nice burn time. In the final third the cigar reverted back to the way it was in the first third. It is almost identical to those flavor notes.  The earthy leather made a resurgence. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the final third 92. A good basic cigar but not one of Tatuaje's best.

Overall Score: 92.67

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