First debuting in 2011, Tatuaje’s annual TAA cigar has served as a catalyst for exclusive, limited-style cigars of the modern era. The 2020 edition marks the 10th release in the collection, with Tatuaje owner, Pete Johnson, tentatively describing the cigar as the series’ finale. Over the years, Tatuaje TAA cigars have almost always consisted of the same recipe—Connecticut Broadleaf over all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers—only tweaking the size to differentiate each year’s release. Yet the past two years have deviated, with the 2019 edition using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, and the 2020 showcasing an Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf for the first time. Along with a new band layout, the cigar set itself apart from former releases, transferring an emphasis on grit and body to dialed-back complexity. This may require an adjustment in mindset for longtime fans of the series, though the results speak for themselves, showing smooth and twangy elements of caramel, pour-over coffee, hickory, and milk chocolate.

Tatuaje TAA 2020 Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A. (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited Edition (3,000 boxes of 20 cigars)
  • Vitola: 5⅝″ × 54 (Toro)
  • Price: $11.95 (MSRP)

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