Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 20th EL22

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje 20th EL22

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Shade Grown Corojo ’99 Claro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: El Rey de los Habanos
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $18.00
  • Release Date: November 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Tatuaje 20th EL22 is dark tan and has some hints of green to it, along with some raised, knotty veins. The seams are a bit raised while the caps are well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional Brown Label band and the secondary being the gold Escasos band. The aroma from the wrapper is light hay, while the foot brings a faint mix of cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings a musty and creamy cedar.
Seth: Finished with a great triple cap, the Tatuaje 20th EL22 has a nice silky texture while showcasing the veins of the leaf throughout. The cigar has a nice Natural to Colorado color, and it is lighter overall. Slightly firm with aromas of spices, leather, tobacco, sweetness and earth.
John: The Tatuaje 20th EL22 does not come in cellophane and has no UPC sticker. The cigar is double banded with two thin bands. The primary band is a brown and white Tatuaje band and the secondary indicates Tatuaje Escasos in black on gold. The wrapper has a somewhat rustic appearance to it. I weighed the cigar at 11.6 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 61.7%. Aromas from the wrapper included light wood, tobacco and mild barnyard. From the foot, I was getting light hay and wood.
Jiunn: The Tatuaje 20th EL22 has a dull yellowish brown Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas provide stank barnyard and hay.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Tatuaje 20th EL22

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. At a half inch in, the earth is now right behind the toasted cedar. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth with mild black pepper. At an inch in, the toasted cedar and earth are now even up front. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with black pepper a bit behind. The strength level was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with this nice leather and tobacco profile that is paired with some lovely spices, pepper and sweetness, and finished with some earth and wood notes. Whole picture with the cigar. Medium in strength and body.
John: The initial flavor impressions are sweet tobacco, hay, mild wood and traces of spices and wood on the finish. There’s a nutty, sweet and wood combination on the finish that begins to develop. Some restrained tobacco sweetness is accented by baking spices in the center of the profile as it settles. The spices move up to medium as the first third continues.
Jiunn: The first third creates a nice flavor array of citrus rind, slightly bitter mixed nuts, cedar and hay. Retrohaling gives a surprising amount of dried red pepper spice. The finish is slightly gritty with cedar and mixed nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper has picked up a bit and is right behind the toasted cedar and earth. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with mild black pepper. At an inch in, the toast level becomes pretty heavy. As the third comes to a close, the heavily toasted cedar and earth are even up front, with the black pepper right behind. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third continues with that leather and tobacco profile. It is creamy overall, but dry with those sweet spices, earth, and wood on the finish. Still medium in strength and body.
John: The second third gets started with baking spices, tobacco sweetness and is followed by wood with a medium strength, approaching medium-full strength, spice into the post draw. That profile remains consistent through the second third with no notable changes in either flavor or strength combinations.
Jiunn: There’s a shift in the flavors. The profile is less citrus rind forward now, replaced by more dried red pepper spice, cedar and hay. The pepper spice shows up much more through the mouth. The finish also has a lasting dried red pepper spice as well. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toasted cedar, earth and black pepper are all now even. At a half inch in, the black pepper takes a slight lead in the profile. The retrohale is now an even mix of toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the black pepper is just ahead of the heavily toasted cedar and earth. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is in line with the first. Tobacco, leather, wood, earth and sweet spices. Creamy on the finish, but still dry. Like before, medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy baking spices start things here with tobacco, spices and wood teaming up on the finish. Some mild char is also present as the last third settles in. That char fades as the cigar continues with the center of the profile becoming largely defined by hay. The retrohale is defined by medium to medium-full spices as the third continues. By the bottom half, hay and wood are the primary flavor drivers.
Jiunn: The final third’s flavor profile tastes a bit hollow. It’s now reduced to slightly bitter mixed nuts, lasting dried red pepper spice and cedar. The combination of these flavors tastes a bit thin. Strength and body finish the same medium.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy at times, and the cigar went out once, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Very good burn throughout.
John: The burn started slightly uneven and at points sections of the wrapper were not combusting. The burn self corrected and by the second third the cigar spontaneously went out, requiring a re-light. The cigar went out again at the end of the second third, requiring another re-light. The burn was wavy at times through the last third but required no intervention.
Jiunn: Burn performance was nearly perfect. Just a notch below perfection due to a couple quick touch-ups.

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Tatuaje 20th EL22

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw from start to finish.
John: The draw was at most 1/2 of a notch towards the resistant spectrum, leaving it well inside the range between open and resistant for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: The draw on the other hand was perfect, providing the ideal air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and black pepper. The second third saw the toast level become pretty heavy and the pepper picked up. The final third saw the black pepper take a slight lead in the profile. The Tatuaje 20th EL22 had a pretty average flavor profile throughout. It was just focused around toasted cedar, earth and black pepper and just had some transitions in regards to where those components were in the profile. Not as exciting a cigar as other in the portfolio and not one I’d really see myself coming back to.
Seth: The Tatuaje 20th EL22 is a lovely cigar that I look forward to smoking again when it is warmer. Great summer cigar. Balanced with a nice selection of flavors, but not over the top. Medium in strength and body. Not overly complex, or showing a ton of transitioning, but a nice flavor profile throughout.
John: The Tatuaje 20th EL22 delivered, at times, flavor combinations that were light plus and at other times medium-full, and I found the first third to be the most engaging and balanced for flavor combinations. The draw was perfect while the cigar went out twice during the review, requiring two re-lights. I didn’t really have any expectations going into the review, and while I found the cigar enjoyable, I’m not sure that it did enough to elevate above some of the great 2023 releases Tatuaje had. Total smoking time was a value at 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Jiunn: This Tatuaje 20th EL22 was an overall average tasting experience. I don’t believe Tatuaje uses much of this shade grown Corojo, but if it’s indicative of this taste profile, it lacks depth and character. At times, the flavors taste thin, with namely a one dimensional earth and spice combination. I’ll pass on this.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$3.24

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.07

Cost/Point

$2.55

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$3.10

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$3.00

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