Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur - Blind Cigar Review

Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur – Blind Cigar Review

Cigar Info

Tatuaje started shipping their newest line this week, the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary. The Tatuaje 20th Anniversary was first shown off at the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show this past July. It was originally planned for an August launch, but was pushed to October due to a logistical challenge coinciding with the release of The Face Redux 3.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

The blend for the Tatuaje 20th Anniversary uses an Ecuadorian habano-seed wrapper, Nicaraguan double binder and Nicaraguan filler. It comes in two vitolas: Grande Merveille 6 1/8 x 46 $13.00 and Grand Chasseur 6 3/8 x 54 $14.00. The Tatuaje 20th is a regular production line that is rolled at My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Vital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6 3/8″
Ring Gauge: 54
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Blender: Pete Johnson
Number of reviewers: 5 Doug S. (Unpossible_1) John I. (John I.) Kevin A. (Kevin A.) Isaac M. (The Nothing) Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
Price: $14.00
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: October 2023
Contributed by: Tatuaje Cigars

Initial Impressions – Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur

Appearance: 91

“Attractive dark brown oily wrapper with quite a bit of tooth to it. The wrapper has a rough texture to it. There is some mottling, as well as mostly invisible seams. There is a closed foot on the cigar, and interestingly enough, you can see the seams around a separate leaf that was used to create it.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)

Aroma: 90

“The aroma is quite woody with some earth and little manure.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

First Third
Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur – Blind Cigar Review

First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The cigar starts off with quite a bit of sweetness. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and black cherry, along with a little bit of damp earth. There is a hint of the orange cream soda on the retrohale, along with some black coffee and wet concrete. What is surprising to me here is I am not able to detect pepper of any type either from the smoke in the mouth or the retrohale. Very interesting and complex start. The draw was almost perfect once the leaf burned off over the closed foot, and the cigar is burning great. Strength is medium, while the body and complexity are solidly medium-full. I am excited to see how this cigar develops!” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)

“Nice open draw, and lots of nuttiness from the wrapper leaf around the foot on lighting with a bit of sweetness on the finish. Ten or fifteen minutes into this there is still evident nutty flavors, a bit of crispness, and slightly green flavors on the finish at times. Gradually develop woodsy flavors with some bright crispness. Began tunneling a bit late into the initial third. Taking some effort to keep this burning.”-John I. (John I.)

Second Third
Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur – Blind Cigar Review

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Still quite a bit of smokiness like it is fire-cured or something. Smoke dominating leaving just ruminates of earth and spice. The burn needs its first correction and the cigar is medium plus but rather smooth.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Graham cracker and leather continued to the be the main flavors, but the leather moved to a sensuous antique leather chair taste. There was a bit of a pepper note, but nothing so much as to be offensive. It was just the right sprinkling of garnish.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Final Third
Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur – Blind Cigar Review

Final Third

Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Cedar, almonds, and honey are the biggest contributors in the final third. The sharp spearmint is completely gone, as is the warm heat of cayenne.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

“Continued woody flavors. Growing strangely milder. Was holding an ash pretty well early on but growing flakier toward the end of this. Some leathery flavors begin to develop toward the end.”-John I. (John I.)

Overall Impressions – Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur

Draw: 94

“The draw was very amazing very open and effortless adding dramatically to the relaxing effect cigar smoking has on me.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Burn: 93

“The covered foot made starting the cigar off really simple. Just a touch of fire and go on from there. The cigar tolerated some negligence and continued burning without a problem or needing a relight. The ash fell at the end of the first third and then fell rather regularly every half inch.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

Construction: 91

“Great burn and draw as well as delivery of the complex notes in this cigar say it was constructed well with high-quality ingredients.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90

“Not super complex, but the flavors were on point and consistently strong enough to keep me engaged. Always happy to get cayenne and then to be rewarded with a sweetness like marzipan, really made for a nice experience. Having a strong profile was also beneficial considering the time it took to smoke this, being over two hours for me. Nothing worse than spending a couple hours smoking something that just does not offer any excitement whatsoever. I probably wouldn’t keep too many of these on hand, but that is mainly due to the size, as I would prefer something like this in a smaller size like a corona gorda. Pick up a couple and check it out though, as it’s at least worthy of seeing for yourself.” –Doug S. (Unpossible_1)

“Good cigar overall. Core flavors were solid and the construction was good with some slight issues with a bit of tunneling briefly. Wouldn’t necessarily hunt down boxes, especially in this fairly large vitola.” –John I. (John I.)

“This was a very enjoyable cigar. Although the finish was maybe a little more bitter and I would prefer.” –Kevin A. (Kevin A.)

“This cigar started out great. It had a remarkable flavor combination of graham cracker and leather that I would have otherwise wouldn’t have seen coming. The burn was outstanding with nothing but a kiss of flame at the beginning to kick off a couple hours of enjoyment. Sadly, there was little flavor transition through the cigar until the flavors seemed to fall apart in the final third. I will likely give this cigar another shot, but not without at least a few months time in the humidor to rest.” –Isaac M. (The Nothing)

“I had a lot of high hopes for this cigar in the first third but as I smoked past the first third, I had the feeling that it was going to go downhill. It was not a bad experience, but sure did lack a lot of luster.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 111

ReviewerAppear.Aroma1/32/33/3DrawBurnConstr.Overall
Experience
Doug S.909090908785859290
John I.959590908790889090
Kevin A.909090908795959590
Isaac M.929292908593979088
Ryan H.908888888597939090

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Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur – Blind Cigar Review

Tatuaje 20th Anniversary Grand Chasseur
Summary
"This cigar started out great. It had a remarkable flavor combination of graham cracker and leather that I would have otherwise wouldn't have seen coming. The burn was outstanding with nothing but a kiss of flame at the beginning to kick off a couple hours of enjoyment. Sadly, there was little flavor transition through the cigar until the flavors seemed to fall apart in the final third. I will likely give this cigar another shot, but not without at least a few months time in the humidor to rest." -Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Appearance
91
Aroma
90
First Third
90
Second Third
90
Final Third
87
Draw
94
Burn
93
Construction
91
Overall Experience
90
91
Very Good