Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Vitola: Petit Lancero (6 x 38)
Number Released: 10,000 sampler boxes, each with 10 different cigars
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 ($85 MSRP for the sampler)
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Additional Skinny Monsters Reviewed:
Tatuaje Skinny Chuck – Pre-Light
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 wrapper aroma is hazelnut, cocoa, barnyard, and grass. The pre-light draw yields coffee and pepper.
Tatuaje Skinny Chuck – First Third
Chocolate, Cocoa, Pepper, Hay, Sugary Sweetness, Nuttiness, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Earth
Chuck begins by slashing out with pepper, cocoa, and hay. The finish is quite sweet. Then the pepper drops out and Chuck keeps coming at me with chocolate and nuttiness, throwing in some cinnamon for good measure.
Chocolate builds and builds until it’s large and in charge in the first third of the Tatuaje Skinny Chuck. I enjoyed the chocolate profile quite a bit. At one point, the chocolate combined with a sugary sweetness to give me a chocolate chip cookie flavor. But not just any cookie – there’s a very distinct taste to Chips Ahoy chewy chocolate chip cookies. This was it. Phenomenal.
After the chocolate chip cookie flavor went away, faint earthiness showed up for a bit while remaining very sweet on my lips. Chocolate was the star of the show for the first third.
Tatuaje Skinny Chuck – Second Third
Chocolate, Cocoa, Pepper, Earth, Coffee, Sugary Sweetness, Cinnamon, Char
Earth and coffee become bolder, joining chocolate to be a trifecta of main flavors. The sweet finish remains, and that really ties it together in this third. I’d tasted very little pepper in the first third, but it started to pick up throughout this segment.
By the end of this third, pepper came to dominate and a bit of char joins in. The rest of the flavors remain consistent from the first third.
The draw is right on, but the burn got a little off about halfway through the cigar. It stopped burning on one side for a little while. It did eventually even itself out with no touch-up needed.
Tatuaje Skinny Chuck – Final Third
Slight Sweetness, Slight Chocolate, Slight Pepper
Going into the final third of the Tatuaje Skinny Chuck, I quickly noticed that the flavors are becoming much less bold and dying out. There’s plenty of smoke, but it no longer tastes like much of anything. There’s some sweetness and chocolate here and there with hints of pepper, but the big, bold, interesting flavors have simply vanished. No harshness, nothing unpleasant. Just nothing. It remained that way through the entirety of the final third. I would have chucked this cigar in the last third if I weren’t writing a review of it, hoping it would give me something a bit better to report at the end.
The head of the cigar did have some additional Chucky-looking veins near it, so at least I had that to look at while pushing through the last third.
Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Overall Review
Preference order for Skinny Monsters: Wolf, Drac, Jason, Mummy, Face, Chuck, Hyde, Frank, Tiff, Jekyll
The best Skinny Monsters are very good. I’d argue that they’re better than their Pudgy counterparts. That said, the average cigar in the Skinny Monster box is not as good as the average cigar in the Pudgy Monster box. The Pudgies included 2 Chucks and 2 Tiffs instead of a Jekyll, a Hyde, one Chuck, and one Tiff because they came out before the Jekyll & Hyde were released. As you can see in my preference order, I’d trade the Jekyll and Hyde in the Skinny Monster box for the Chuck & Tiff. If you’re in the market for Monsters, I’d look to the many retailers who still have Pudgy Monsters instead of picking up the Skinnies.
Skinny Monster Pros: Generally good construction for petit lanceros. Pepper flavors are usually present in most cigars, but not overpowering most of the time. The packaging is very pretty – the blood spatters are unique on each box. Bands come off easily. The best Skinny Monsters (Wolf & Drac) are very good cigars.
Skinny Monster Cons: Personality was lost from previous releases – no differences in unfinished feet, interesting bands, or vitolas. The consistency and lack of personality in each cigar bothered me more than I thought it would. The average cigar in the box wasn’t all that great.
Excellent flavors in first thirdChocolate chip cookie note was awesome
Draw was very good
Skinny Monsters are well-made lanceros
Flavors transitioned out of the cigar
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