Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur 2013 TAA Exclusive

Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur 2013 TAA Exclusive

Tatuaje Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Size: 6 3/8″ x 54
Strength: medium-full bodied
Price: $11.00

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Overall Rating: 9.0

The Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) is a trade organization of tobacco retailers. Many companies make a TAA exclusive cigar (often a special size of an existing line) that can be purchased from member retailers. Tatuaje has produced a TAA cigar since 2011, and they’ve quickly become sought after collectors items. The new Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur 2013 TAA Exclusive should be no different. It is a full flavored cigar that borders on full bodied. With a new look to celebrate 10 years in the cigar business, there’s a flawless look and construction to the this smoke. The Tatuaje 2013 TAA is a cigar worth seeking out if you’re a fan of Pete Johnson’s cigars.

Pre-Light: This year Pete Johnson opted for a different look than his past TAA releases, and I like it a lot. The Tatuaje TAA 2013 has a a black and gold band that manages to make the chocolate colored Ecuadorian wrapper look very appealing. With a triple cap and covered foot, this is a great looking cigar.

There is an aroma of coffee and earthy soil from the unlit Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur TAA. Like all Tatuaje cigars, the pre-light draw is perfect (even with the covered foot). Coffee, wood and earth flavors come through on the cold draw.

Burn: Like most cigars made at the My Father Factory, the construction on the Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur TAA is flawless. A perfect draw produces a ton of flavorful smoke. The burn is even from start to finish, and the cigar holds its ash nicely. There is a floral and burning wood aroma to the lit TAA cigar that is very interesting.

Flavor: Right from the start there is an initial burst of strong pepper. The pepper quickly mellows bringing a coffee, earth and nut flavor to the forefront. The first third is definitely in the medium bodied range. Into the second third, the earthiness grows while coffee, nuts and a hint of something like cinnamon remain in the background. The pepper is still present, but never becomes overwhelming. A chocolate flavor that is reminiscent of Blue Bell chocolate ice cream makes an appearance at the halfway point. By the final third, the Tatuaje TAA 2013 just barely crosses the border of full bodied. The pepper comes back to dominate the final third, but is never so strong it cancels out the other flavors. Earth, chocolate, coffee, nuts and hints of vanilla creme remain through until the finish. This is a very flavorful cigar.

Overall: The Tatuaje is a very good medium to medium-full cigar with a good deal of flavor. The pepper, coffee, earth and chocolate flavors are quite enjoyable. As time goes by the flavors mingle pleasingly to make for an enjoyable smoking experience. I’m a big fan of Pete Johnson’s cigars and the Tatuaje 2013 TAA does not disappoint. This is a cigar that is certainly worth picking up at your local TAA member brick & mortar. Quickly, this has become one of my favorite Tatuaje cigars. It should age well in the humidor.

Pairing: A cappuccino or espresso are easily the best choices for pairing with the Tatuaje 2013 TAA. The Balvenie 12 DoubleWood is a great single malt to pair with this cigar. Other scotches that pair quite well are the Glenfarclas 17, Macallan 18, Isle of Arran 12, Bruichladdich 21 and Glenfiddich 15. A Camus Cognac or Kirk & Sweeney rum also pair fairly well, although they can muddle some of the milder flavor notes to the cigar such as cinnamon and nuts.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)