Tatuaje TAA 2011 Tobacconists Exclusive

Tatuaje TAA 2011 Tobacconists Exclusive

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Toro
Size : 5 5/8 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $11.00-$12.50

This was a cigar that had evaded me for quite some time. It was hard to come by for me because the few B&M’s that were carrying this exclusive cigar sold out of them very quickly. Many people I know of were clammering to get their hands on this large quantity limited release. And the few B&M I saw online were selling them above retail, so I went underground to get mine. I went out and traded some sticks with some good friends of mine to acquire enough to do this review. I am glad I went out of my way, because I really liked this cigar, and definitely see why they were so popular during their release.

Appearance : Rating: ★★½☆☆
Definitely not a looker, the TAA is a very rough-looking cigar. It has a dark brown, dry, and very veiny wrapper. The covered foot makes it kind of look like a turd. And the triple cap is carelessly applied.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75)
The TAA is a soft box-press cigar and has very noticeable seams. The triple cap is very crooked and sort of oblong. A slight squish is present when squeezed. The burnline is pretty crooked as well, but I was smoking in slightly windy conditions, so a few touch ups were in order. But the draw was nothing other than perfect.

Tatuaje TAA 2011 Tobacconists Exclusive

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
1st Third: The closed foot lights very quickly and I immediately get loads of pepperiness and some acrid notes. Beneath the initial roughness is that signature Tatuaje black licorice flavor. Eventually, nearing the last part of this third, the profile smooths out tremendously showing a mix of smooth dark chocolate and wood notes.

2nd Third: Nearing the heart of the cigar I got a good amount of beef jerky meatiness. The wood notes are still there but take a backseat to the meat. The body is a definite medium+ to full. I am amazed by how much flavor there is but it’s not overpowering.

3rd Third: The last third seemed like I was smoking an old 2×4 wrapped in jerky,… in the best way possible. Not a lot of flavor change but more flavor intensity. The body has definitely ramped up to full and tastes very Padron-esque. Finale of malt, soil, and black pepper caps off the experience.

Value : Rating: ★★☆☆☆
There is no big surprises here, an exclusive of Tats usually garner $10 pricetags and this one is no different. I have seen retailers sell these as high as $12 to $12.50, making these overpriced in my opinion. And with many Tats, you can usually find some good discounted boxes, but it will be a seriously tough find indeed.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I really like the smokeability of this particular Tatuaje. The majority of the experience was very smooth and had a lot of good flavor. It was far from complex in my opinion, but I do find why people love these so much,… it kind of tastes very similar to a Padron,… but without the “in your face” profile. In a bevy of great Tat releases I do have my go to cigars, this may not be one of them but I sure did enjoy smoking it.