Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 20th RL22

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Cigar Details: Tatuaje 20th RL22

  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 42
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: El Rey de los Habanos
  • Blender: Pete Johnson
  • Price: $16.00
  • 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 RL22 is milk chocolate brown and has some decently raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised, the caps decently applied and the foot is covered by excess wrapper that is folded over. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional Brown Label design for the brand and the secondary is the black and gold Reserva band. The aroma from the wrapper and covered foot is chalky earth. The pre-light draw brings stone fruit sweetness and cedar.
Seth: A lovely vitola, the Tatuaje 20th RL22 is finished with a great maduro wrapper that is espresso bean in coloring. Small and medium sized veins that are prominent throughout. Fine silk in texture. Firm throughout with a great aroma of rich earth, warm spices, dark chocolate and coffee.
John: The Tatuaje 20th RL22 does not come in cellophane and does not have a UPC sticker. The cigar is double banded, with a white on brown Tatuaje primary band and a gold on black secondary Reserva band. For artisanal complications, there is a closed foot. I weighed the cigar at 8.8 grams, and the humidity as measured by a HumidiMeter Pro was 61.7%. Aromas off of the wrapper were aged wood and tobacco. Since the foot is closed, I couldn’t pick out anything distinct.
Jiunn: The Tatuaje 20th RL22 wrapper has a copper red to the overall hearty Colorado Red shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll slightly lumpy and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas give meat and stank barnyard.

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Tatuaje 20th RL22

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted oak, earth, black pepper and coffee. At a half inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is toasted oak, with lightly zingy black pepper and light amounts of earth and coffee. At an inch in, the toasted oak and earth are now even up front. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak takes a slight lead from the earth, with black pepper a bit behind and coffee in the background. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third opens up with a nice espresso, rich earth and leather profile. There are some wood and tobacco notes as well. Pepper spices on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third gets going with rich tobacco, medium strength spices and earth and tobacco combining on the finish. Some smoky tobacco elements are delayed through the finish. Wood comes into the post draw as the first third progresses, rounding out the profile. Earth moves to the front of the profile as the cigar transitions into the second third.
Jiunn: The first third creates a palate sticking flavor profile of slightly scorched, raw cedar, mixed nuts and dried red pepper spice. Retrohaling fully is rough, as the blast of pepper spice is full throttle, but it also gives a nice nuttiness to it. The finish is extremely long, caking the palate with torched cedar, pepper spice on the tongue and dirt grit. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the pepper and coffee are now both very mellow. At a half inch in, a light creaminess joins the profile. The retrohale is now toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, the black pepper picks back up a bit. As the third comes to a close, the toasted oak and earth are once again even up front, with the black pepper in the middle and light amounts of creaminess and coffee in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third is similar to that of the first. Espresso, leather, tobacco, rich earth and warm pepper spices. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: Creamy earth is my initial impression here with earth moving up in intensity on the finish to linger between each puff. There isn’t much more to remark on through the second third as the flavors are stable for the rest of the third.
Jiunn: The second third, although still overall medium-full in strength, is starting to hit differently. Much more on the noggin. The flavor profile is still deeply rooted in non-apologetic spice and earth. The softness in mixed nuts has taken a back seat, which further accentuates the deepness in raw spice and earth. Body remains medium.

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper is now right behind the toasted oak and earth. At a half inch in, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale remains toasted oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak, earth and black pepper are all now even up front, with light creamy coffee in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the first and second. Very similar profile. Espresso, leather, tobacco, rich earth and wood. Pepper spices on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: A team up of creamy earth and medium strength spices start the last third, with the whole combination taking on some wood into the post draw. The earth fades to light plus as the last third continues.
Jiunn: The final third shows no changes from the second third. Still a head jarring medium-full strength, medium body profile. Flavors continue to be thick in red pepper spice, torched cedar and dirt grit.

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight throughout, and the ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was straight in the first third, spontaneously going out, requiring a re-light. The burn became uneven through the second third, requiring a touch-up. No issues through the last third.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Tatuaje 20th RL22

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw.
John: The draw was at most one notch into the resistant spectrum, leaving it in the ideal range for a perfect draw.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted oak, earth, black pepper and coffee. The second third saw a light creaminess join in. The final third saw the toasted oak, earth and black pepper all even at the front. The Tatuaje 20th RL22 had an average flavor profile throughout. Each of the individual components would sound like they’d make a nice flavor profile, but they never really seemed to work together and become cohesive. Not really a cigar I’d see myself coming back to and that’s not taking into account the high price point.
Seth: Not as good as the 20th EL22 in my opinion, this Tatuaje 20th RL22 is still a solid release. Nice to see the age on this maduro. Good flavors throughout. Would have loved to smoke the offering in a larger vitola, but a nice corona. I found this one to be more consistent than the EL22, but not as wowing as the EL22 at times.
John: The Tatuaje 20th RL22 started out quite promising in the first third, but as it moved into the second third, the earth ended up muting some of the more interesting flavor elements for me. The draw was perfect, while the burn required a touch-up and a re-light through the review. I enjoyed the Tatuaje 20th RL22 well enough, but there’s such a great catalog of Tatuaje releases that this would fall somewhere middle of the pack for me if I was grabbing something off the shelf. My total smoking time was 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Jiunn: Summary words that come to mind are raw, heavy, unapologetic. The profile had a deepness in dirt grit, torched cedar and red pepper spice that pressed forward from start to finish. I would have enjoyed some more softer notes to taper all the earth heaviness. I can see guys liking this, but this Tatuaje 20th RL22 just isn’t for me.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$2.86

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.74

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.71

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.62

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Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje 20th RL22

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