The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 marked the third straight year that Tatuaje produced a TAA exclusive cigar. The 2011 and 2012 versions were similar blends in different vitolas while the 2013 edition is a completely different blend. The 2013 TAA release ties in to the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary releases that also came out in 2013.
Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Grand Chasseur TAA 2013
Size: 6 3/8 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer
Price Point: $11
Cigar Purchased: Each reviewer purchased his own cigar
Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 89 AKA "5-Pack"
Jerad’s Review – Rating 88 AKA “5-Pack”
The Tatuaje Tattoo TAA has a chocolate brown wrapper, slightly oily, with some veining and the closed foot wraps up the cigar nicely. The cold aroma was a creamy, slightly sweet, with a fresh dug soil note. The cold draw is woody with lots of spice tingling on my lips and tongue. The first third didn't have the spice that was so evident in the cold draw, but the wood was definitely there. The main flavor was a solid smokey wood, akin to a campfire built with quality woods. And the smoke was amazingly thick. About half an inch in it became very creamy, and extremely enjoyable. As I got into the second third, the retrohale really brought out the creaminess and amplified the flavors. The flavors were pretty muted but clean, with a mild honey-sweetness, and the smoke toned down here as well. In the final third the honey really ramped up, right along with the smoke production. The burn was straight from start to finish and the ash, though it only held on for half an inch at a time, was clean and solid. I was pleased with this cigar and would definitely enjoy more. If you’ve got the funds, I’d grab a 5-pack.
Logan’s Review – Rating 84 AKA “Couple”
There are notes of leather, white pepper, and earth in the first few puffs. There is a very nice mellowness to the flavor. The flavors aren’t sharp but more rounded. There are milk chocolate notes, which have a very nice sugary sweetness to them. There is no doubt this is a “Pepin esque” cigar, showing black pepper notes on the retrohale. Thus far into about the mid-way point, the cigar has been solid, and quite enjoyable.
Unfortunately, the more I smoked into the Tatuaje TAA, the blander it becomes. I really believe this vitola really takes away the flavor of the cigar. I really dug the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Noellas and the Grand Chasseur, really falls short. The second half of the cigar IMHO was flat, with only earthy and pepper notes.
I totally recommend the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary (Rating 90) but the vitola extension for the TAA, doesn’t get me all fired up. I would have loved to see Tatuaje mix it up, and do something different for this TAA release, like changing the filler or something. While the cigar nerd in me says this, I totally get Tatuaje doesn’t really need to because what they do is gold, and will sell like one dollar pancakes.
Rob’s Review – Rating 94 AKA “Box Buy”
Every so often a cigar comes along that benefits greatly from a larger ring gauge and this is one of those occasions. At 6 3/8 x 54, the Tatuaje TAA 2013 is not a size I usually prefer. I actually picked the cigars for review at a Tatuaje event at Mission Pipe and Tobacco in San Jose, California. They had a pretty sweet deal on the TAA so I grabbed a few even though it was a pretty big cigar and I am glad that I did.
The Tatauje TAA opens up with that pepper blast that I have come to expect from Pete and the Garcia family. That quickly took a back seat to notes of earth, dark chocolate and leather. Those four flavor notes were the highlights of the profile through the entire smoke. They all changed in intensity as things went along. At times the black pepper would take over while the dark chocolate mellowed. That would last for a few puffs then another note would take over and so on. The strength was medium while the body was full.
I basically loved everything about this cigar. The flavors balanced out and played extremely well together while the construction was spot on. If I ever found a box of these in my local shop, I’d swoop it up without hesitation.