The annual TAA release from Tatuaje has become a cigar that I look forward to and the Tatuaje TAA 2015 was no exception.  Tatuaje started their yearly TAA releases back in 2011 and has been met with much success.  The 2014 edition wasn't a high scoring cigar for me, but I had high hopes for the 2015.

Here is a look at the specs on all the Tatuaje TAA releases:

  • Tatuaje TAA 2011 - Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, Nicaraguan Filler
  • Tatuaje TAA 2012 - Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, Nicaraguan Filler
  • Tatuaje TAA 2013 - Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, Nicaraguan Filler
  • Tatuaje TAA 2014 - Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, Nicaraguan Filler
  • Tatuaje TAA 2015 - Connecticut Broadleaf Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, Nicaraguan Filler

Tatuaje TAA 2015 Exclusive

Size: 6 x 52

Vitola: Box Pressed Toro

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf 

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

MSRP: $10.99

Samples smoked for review: 2

Samples for review acquired via trades with CigarFederation members

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: Outside of the 2013 release the Tatuaje TAA cigars have had similar looks and blends.  As you can see in the list above, the combination of Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers has been popular.  From my experience with these cigars, the 2011 and 2012 blends were very similar as were the 2014 and 215 blends.  I'm not privy to the exact blends, but the profiles were very similar.I dig the look of these cigars.  The 6 x 52 box pressed toro is a good size and the band with the TAA logo is becoming a classic.  

The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper gave off notes of barnyard and hay while the cold draw tasted of raisins and black pepper.

Beginning:  This one started off really nicely.  The palate is hit with notes of rich oak and molasses with a mild smokey note on the retrohale.  A black pepper spice started slowly on the retro and gained momentum as the first third progressed.  With that said, the profile achieved a nice balance of rich earth, sweet molasses and black pepper spice as the first third came to an end.

Middle: Much like the 2014 version, the TAA 2015 let me down in the middle.  The sweetness dried up and we were left with notes of earth and black pepper.  The richness was drained from the flavor profile as well.  I know that sounds super negative, but it wasn't all that bad.  It was a step in the wrong direction, but it was still a pretty good smoke.

End: Much to my surprise, some of the sweet and rich notes returned.  They didn't come all the way back, but they did just enough to warm up the profile for me.  The black pepper and earth were still the dominant flavors and had been since the end of the first third.  The spice was never overpowering nor would I call this a spicy cigar, but black pepper was main component.

Final Thoughts:  I'm torn. The first third was epically good with great complexity and balance, but the rest of the experience was a let down.  I feel like I'm in the same boat I was last year.  I liked the 2015 version a bit better, but I'm not going to run out and stock up on these.  I did pick up a few more to see if some rest does them any good.

Rating: 87 AKA "5-Pack Purchase"

I'm going with the lowest possible 5-pack purchase with a promise that I will revisit this cigar in 6-months or so.  So look for a redux review some time in 2016. The 2014 redux is coming soon, btw.

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Comment by Ky70 on November 2, 2015 at 11:48am

Nice review Rob.  Charlie's gonna flip when he sees this score. 

I've only smoked 1 and thought it was good but I wasn't ready to say it was special or even better than the 14s.  It's time for me to smoke another one though to confirm.

Comment by RobbyRas on November 2, 2015 at 12:20pm

Thanks Bro!  Yeah, this one was a little better than the 2014 for me, but I wasn't a huge fan of that one either... i need to do a redux review on it tho... hope i still have one

Comment by atllogix on November 2, 2015 at 12:48pm
Nice review Rob, It does suck when cigars start out nice but quickly get to a not such a great point. Thanks, I still want to get a hold of em.
Comment by Ky70 on November 2, 2015 at 12:56pm

I think I'll try to smoke one of each this week.  My palate can be real hit or miss with Conn. Broadleaf.  The 14s were a pleasant surprise for me and I thought the 15 had some really impressive moments but it didn't grab my attention from beginning to end.  Maybe I'll like em more after sitting on em for a month.

Comment by Charlie on November 2, 2015 at 5:05pm

HAHAHA Ky ;-) I had a feeling this would fall into the 5er range for Rob...from reading dozens upon dozens of Rob's reviews I figured it wouldn't be in "box purchase" range....for me though, these are "2x box purchase" and did what Rob said he's not going to do...I ran out and bough more after smoking a few ;-)

I think you'll like the 2014 a lot better now, I smoked one last week and it was very good, much better than a year ago.

Comment by Ky70 on November 3, 2015 at 9:36am

Had my 2nd 15 last night and my up to date opinion is this is a fantastic smoke.  The random moments of great flavors from the single I had a month ago were present from beginning to end last night.

Comment by Charlie on November 3, 2015 at 10:18am

So glad to hear Ky! Out of the 7 I have smoked I get that "greatness" through 5 of the 5 5/8 inches...

Comment by RobbyRas on November 3, 2015 at 11:22am

Glad you guys are diggin it... I smoked two and had some glimpses of greatness, but nothing sustained... hopefully there is more going on when I revisit this one in 6 months or so...

Comment by Ky70 on November 3, 2015 at 11:53am

Having a palate that is up and down on conn. broadleaf cigars, I'm always pleased to find ones that break through.


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