Today's review is of the new(er) Tatuaje TAA cigar, which is for the Tobacconists Association of America stores. There are 40 stores in this association and 1,500 boxes of 20 were split between the stores. This slightly box pressed/oval shaped cigar has an oily Broadleaf wrapper and a closed foot. It measures in at 5 5/8x54. This has a slightly squishy feel to it, but it doesn't seem underfilled or anything like that.
The TAA is a great looking cigar, I'm a sucker for the closed foot that Pete does for some of his releases. The aroma off of the wrapper is strait up broadleaf with some cocoa and leather. The prelight draw shows a near perfect draw with flavors of musty tobacco and some spice. Once lit this starts out with plenty of classic Tatuaje/Pepin peppery spice, leather and a deep, rich earthy tobacco flavor. Right from the start this is a hell of a cigar. There is some sweetness in the flavor profile as well, which is working as a great contrast against the peppery spice. This is very full flavored and already medium+ as far as strength goes. The slightly flaky ash held on for right around an inch and the burn has been even so far.
Reaching the halfway point and this is still smoking really well. Some espresso has joined the flavor profile with even more of that great leathery taste. This definitely reminds me of the Tatuaje Barclay Rex. Towards the end the TAA I would say this is still a medium+ strength cigar with a great full bodied flavor profile.
The Tatuaje TAA was amazing. This was one of the best of Tatuaje's limited releases I have smoked this year. I love the rich flavor profile and the size of this cigar. It smoked perfectly and never had a single burn issue. These sell for around $10-11 a piece and are worth every penny. I think they are still availabe at some of the TAA shops, and I recommend going out and getting as many as you can!