The Monday Review:
Tatuaje TAA 2020
December 7, 2020
Cigar Name: TAA 2020
Company Name: Tatuaje
MSRP (per stick): $11.95
Size: 5 5/8 x 54
Role Type: Vitola (Box Pressed)
Flavor Profile: Medium
OVERALL RATING: 4.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)
Appearance Rating: 4.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 5.0
Flavor Rating: 4.5
Value Rating: 4.0
Description: The Tatuaje TAA 2020 only comes in one size. The box pressed Vitola (5 5/8 x 54). It sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The construction is near perfect. Very tightly rolled and firm. The draw is perfect!
The flavor profile is rich yet smooth with notes of wood and leather. The first half of the cigar is smooth and tasty. No hint of unusual flavors or anything other than smoothness. By mid-cigar it is very consistent with the same flavors continuing through the middle of the burn. The finish is excellent all the way to the end. I hated to set it down the last time but all good things must come to an end. As for the retro hale it never works for me or shows me anything else. This time was no exception. Hurts my sinuses.
Overall rating for me is a 4.5 out 5 stars. In my short (9 years) of cigar life, I have had 4 or 5 sticks that would make me go back again and again. This comes very close to topping them all. The only thing I would rank above this in flavor profile is Davidoff. I love their sticks. But this one definitely tops them all in the construction category. Great stick.
Comments: This cigar is a limited release cigar. Typically, we do not review limited release cigars because we like for our reviews to remain useful and relevant over time. However, in this case we are making an exception. We are doing this for two reasons. First Rav Dov really likes this stick. And second this is a limited release that is part of an ongoing limited release line.
Tatuaje has released a new TAA every year since 2011, and the 2020 was particularly good. It also stands out a little bit. Most of the previous TAAs have been made with Connecticut wrappers, while the 2020 sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra.
Because of the high-quality and limited availability of this cigar we recommend if you get the chance to smoke one take it. Just how limited are we talking about? 3,000 boxes of 20 cigars each were produced and that is it.
Person Reviewing: Rav Dov (aka. David Weis)
[Editor and Comments: Pastor Smokey]
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