Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 ($85 MSRP for the sampler)
Vitola: Petit Lancero (6 x 38)
Number Released: 10,000 sampler boxes, each with 10 different cigars
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Tatuaje Skinny Face – First Thoughts
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.
Never fear, though. The wrapper is just as veiny and imperfect as previous versions of the Face, jutting out a bit instead of cleanly closing up on itself.
The pre-light draw was grass, hay, and abundant spice. The wrapper smells of hay and earth.
Tatuaje Skinny Face – First Third
Did you like the Pudgy Face? Strap in for a very similar cigar. The change in vitola makes a bit of a difference for the Face, but not a big one.
The cigar starts strongly with black pepper and red pepper with hints of caramel sweetness in the background. Pretty quickly, earth, chocolate, and that caramel sweetness begin leading the way. There’s also some hay in the background. The finish is a black pepper that builds on the tongue. Near the end of the first third, some creaminess joined in.
The draw and burn were both good. The burn got uneven a couple times, but only required a couple of minor touch-ups. It was effortless – a good time to put my feet up and just let Face do its thing.
Tatuaje Skinny Face – Second Third
Pepper came back strong, this time bringing woodiness with it. Then the cigar got really creamy for a while. The creaminess highlighted milk chocolate notes – a nice pair of flavors. There’s still hay, and now there’s grass too. The caramel sweetness that I’ve been enjoying slowly drops off throughout the second third and is replaced by coffee.
Strength is on the low side of full. It’s striking me as stronger than the Skinny Frank or the Skinny Drac.
Tatuaje Skinny Face – Final Third
The sweetness returns! Coffee remains as well, and so does chocolate. Getting nice mocha flavors at this point. Woodiness picks up again in the final third. The burn slowed down in this third, and it took longer to get through than the other two thirds. The finish was coffee and pepper.
Smoke time on this cigar was 1 hour, 15 minutes.
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.
Very good flavors
Construction was good, if rustic
Sweetness tied it together well
Grass flavor didn't go well
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