Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Tatuaje TAA 2011. This is a cigar we previously assessed back in October, 2011.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)
TAA 2011: 5 5/8 x 54
In 2011, Tatuaje Cigars contributed its first cigar to the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA). Since that release, there has been an annual installment from Tatuaje TAA. With the exception of the TAA 2013 edition, the blend to each Tatuaje TAA release has been a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapped blend over a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The original TAA 2011 installment was a 5 5/8 x 54 box-pressed toro. While there have been some size variations since 2011, the recent Tatauje TAA 2015 edition was released in this same size. Today, I revisit the Tatuaje TAA 2011. This is a Tatuaje TAA 2011 cigar that has been aging over four years.
The Tatuaje TAA 2011 started out with a classic Garcia family black pepper blast. Once the pepper subsided notes of cocoa, coffee, earth, and cedar entered the equation. While sometimes I will lump cocoa and coffee as a single “mocha” flavor, both notes were distinct. I found there to be an underlying spice component of pepper and cedar throughout the smoking experience. Overall these flavors provided plenty of flavor variations.
With four years of age, I did find the strength and body dialed back a bit. This was a medium strength cigar (down from medium to full) with medium to full body (down from full).
The Tatuaje TAA 2011 is widely regarded as one of the iconic releases of both the TAA series and by the Tatuaje brand. When I first assessed the Tatuaje TAA 2011, I was underwhelmed. At that point of time I found the cigar to underwhelm me – and a cigar that needed more age and had a high maintenance burn. No such problems this time as this was a nicely aged cigar with no burn problems. If you can still find this cigar, it’s easily box worthy.
Body: Medium to Full
Assessment: 4.0-Box Worthy
Original Assessment: Tatuaje TAA 2011 Exclusive
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 177
Stogie Feed: Tatuaje “Exclusive Series” TAA, Tatuaje TAA 2011
Smoked one 2-3 weeks ago and I agree…they have tons of life left in them! I have to make one note about the 2011 and 2015 since they are the same size…I think the construction is better on the 2015’s and (imho) the tobacco the Garcia’s are growing now is much more quality…I think the ’15 will age much better than the ’11s did.
^the aging comment and construction comment doesn’t make sense.
I agree with how well these are still doing today.
Really? Why not? I think the tobacco being used in the TAA now (2015) is/was better than the tobacco that was used in 2011, as I stated this is just ‘mho’…I think they were rolled better this last year than they were 5 years ago so I think in 2020 the ’15 TAA will taste better than the ”11 TAA does now…imho obviously. Dont get me wrong, I love the 2011 and I still have 5 left, I smoke them on special occasions because I love the cigar…