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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Tatuaje Skinny Drac – First Thoughts
The Drac is an attractive dark cigar with an oily wrapper. Behold its majesty.
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.
The wrapper aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, and some cedar. The pre-light draw struck me as toast & walnuts.
Tatuaje Skinny Drac – First Third
The Skinny Drac started with light pepper and spice as well as some cocoa and walnut. A sweet creaminess joined in pretty early along with a bit of cedar. The finish was of pepper with some cream. About an inch in, it gained some breadiness and a lot of chocolate – both dark chocolate and milk chocolate. That combination of flavors reminded me of one of those completely unhealthy breakfast muffins. You know, the ones that are chocolate with chocolate chips? I used to love those as a kid. Who am I kidding? I still love them. There was still some spice in the finish, so it wasn’t all a chocolate dream. The sweetness changed to something more like graham cracker near the end of the first third. Very impressed with the first third, so here’s another gratuitous picture.
Tatuaje Skinny Drac – Second Third
Dark chocolate and cocoa were still very present. The walnut and spice both picked up in this segment, driving the second third with spice coming in and out. The burn got slightly wonky in this third but mostly evened itself out.
Tatuaje Skinny Drac – Final Third
Similar flavors. Some dark fruitiness appeared but it wasn’t very strong. Spiciness dropped off again in the final third. It mostly consisted of dark chocolate, walnuts, and cocoa. Strength ended up just north of medium.
Smoking time: about an hour.
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.
Great chocolate flavors
Solid construction for a lancero
Burn got a little off
Wasn't very complex
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