Tatuaje released The Jackal in 2015 as an Exclusive Series cigar. This was my second encounter with this shaggy-footed cigar and I was excited to review it! Tatuaje produced 2000, ten count boxes of the cigar in the My Father Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaraugua.
With a big vein across the wrapper looking like a scar line, this cigar looks like Chucky, the monster it was named for. The cigar is quite a bit darker and more oily than Chucky though.
The Skinny Hyde comes out of the gate with toasted almonds, pepper, hay, breadiness, a hint of earth, and a bit of lemon citrus. The lemon comes across in the mouth and is accentuated by the retrohale. Cedar flavor joins in, and it gets creamier after about an inch.
The Skinny Jekyll starts out with hay and cream notes. There’s a bit of spice on the end, but it’s nothing like the peppery start I’ve gotten from the other Skinny Monsters. It’s a much lighter start than I remember from the full-size Jekyll as well. There’s a sweet tobacco flavor, some light toasted almond, a lot of creaminess, and light cedar notes. The creamy notes are sweet, reminding me of cream soda.
Most of the Skinny Monsters have started with pepper blasts but the Jason was much milder at the beginning. There was black pepper, but it wasn’t the big blast I was expecting. Cocoa started weak and built through the first third along with a little bit of hay. Chocolate and cocoa came to dominate this third.
I’m not sure if I’ve adequately described how rugged-looking the cigars of the Monster series are. I took this picture of the Mummy with better lighting and a clearer background to showcase how monster-like the cigars in this series look.
The Face got a makeover in the Skinny Monster set. Previously, it had a jagged tobacco band. Now it sports a paper band like the rest of the Skinny Monsters. And gone is the somewhat-closed foot, replaced with a clean-cut foot. Face sold out and cleaned up his act in the Skinny series.
Overall, I’m loving how the bands look on the Skinny Monsters. They did a great job matching colors to wrappers & monster themes. It just wouldn’t be a monster without something a little rustic in the construction. My Drac has some imperfections on the edge of the wrapper.
You won’t need to have a clear palate before smoking this cigar. It will cleanse your palate for you with huge amounts of strong pepper and spice starting off. There was a slight coffee taste in the background, but it started by smacking me with spice & pepper.
I’m doing things a little bit differently today. Aside from being in a completely new Cigar Lounge (Silo Cigars in Knoxville, TN) I’m also doing this review on the fly. In fact, my first 1/2 of an inch on this Tennessee Waltz is already ash.
Today we’ll be reviewing the San Cristobal Ovation with Clinton. Super stoked about it, and amped to be here with this outstanding BOTL to provide a well-rounded review for everyone! Clinton described the Ovation last week as his favorite cigar from this year’s IPCPR conference in July. Although I have mixed feelings for Ashton’s San Cristobal line, I’ve only heard great things regarding the Ovation.