Since originally debuting in 2011, Tatuaje has released three new additions to the fan-favorite TAA series. Of these three (TAA 2012, 2013, and 2014), only the 2013 iteration showcased a different blend; which was a take on the original Seleccion de Cazador (Tatuaje “Brown Label”) blend. In the years following, each TAA release has simply been a rerelease of the 2011, 2012, and 2014 offerings.
In celebration of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) and their 50th anniversary in 2018, Tatuaje introduced the first update to their limited edition TAA series in four years. As such, the cigars were rolled in a 5″ x 52 format for the first time, offering the same overall blend, box-pressed shape, and signature covered foot.
The aforementioned blend consists of a dark Connecticut Broadleaf Rosado Oscuro wrapper, which is placed over all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers. Like nearly all Tatuaje cigars, the TAA 50th is rolled at the García family’s famed My Father Cigars factory in Estelí. While we’ve always been fans of Tatuaje’s TAA blend, there seemed to be something special about this new size. From first light, the compact cigar introduces an assortment of spices, including a healthy dose of black and red pepper. This eventually expands to include nuances of English-style tea, sugared pastries (amplified by a hidden toothiness/crunchiness in the smoke, like sugar granules between the teeth), arroz con leche, and dark chocolate. These flavors are unveiled through a medium-to-full body and an exceptionally creamy/chalky texture. While similar to past TAA releases, the new size proved to showcase a little something extra from this familiar ally.
Tatuaje TAA 50th Breakdown
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Rosado Oscuro
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
- Production: Limited Edition (2,500 boxes of 20 cigars)
- Vitola: 5″ × 52 (Robusto)
- Price: $11.95 (MSRP)