Tatuaje Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 Cigar Review

November 8, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review, Uncategorized 
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TAA sounds like it might be related to the TSA but it isn’t. TAA is an acronym for something like “Tobacconist Association of America” or something like that. I’m not completely straight on what the story behind this organization is but what I do know is that every year a handful of cigar makers will make special cigars for the brick and mortar retailers who belong to this organization. It’s a way to say “thank you” for carrying their products, I guess.

If memory serves, and it’s doing so with less regularity nowadays, I have liked TAA edition cigars in the past and, yes, that is true as I did like the Tatuaje TAA 2012. That was a tasty cigar and, unfortunately, it’s gone now. Moving forward….

This TAA exclusive is a thick, dark brown parejo that comes adorned with a band of black, white and gold. One unique thing about this cigar is that it comes with a closed foot, which looks cool and I think there’s some practical purpose to doing that as well.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: toro
Length: 6 3/8″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $197.95/Box of 20 | $55.00/Pack of 5

Cinemagraph Fire!

After briefly reading a couple of things and remembering some of the others things that I heard about this cigar, I know that this blend is based off of the Brown Label, which I just reviewed (Tatuaje 10th Anniversary). That was a good cigar so I’m very hopeful for this one and, if the beginning of this cigar is any indicator, I won’t be disappointed.

Being the second one of these I’ve smoked, I can tell you that it is getting better with some age. This one has been in my possession for over a month, probably closer to two months, and I can already tell that it has improved. The flavors mesh very well together and what you get is a very dark flavor profile. Plum, cedar and chocolate are the top three flavors going on in the first third and what I particularly like is the texture of the smoke, which is wispy and packed with flavor.

During the second third the now familiar chocolate takes over as the lead flavor and cream gets added to the mix. The cedar provides a nice balance to the semi-sweetness of the chocolate. There are a couple of lulls in the flavor intensity during this third but, for the most part, it’s just as good as the first third.

Vanilla gets added in during the final third along with a hint of peppermint for good measure. The chocolate is pretty much gone at this point but the creaminess and the cedar are still kicking. A bit of a bad burn happens but is quickly fixed with a touch up. Notwithstanding the poor burn, it ends well.

Medium bodied with a good draw and a decent burn; the Tatuaje Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 is a very nice cigar with a good amount of evolution from beginning to end. I really liked the dark flavor profile and the reserved sweetness throughout. If you are a fan of the original Brown Label then you should definitely try this cigar out.

90 points

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