Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Brand: Tatuaje (Monster Series)
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:
I’m planning to review each of the Skinny Monsters in its turn, starting on the left of the box and working my way to the right. Frank’s up first.
This cigar was constructed with a rustic appearance. The cap featured more of Frank’s protruding forehead than his crop top haircut.
And the foot wasn’t very densely packed at all – there was a gap in it!
Prior to lighting, I wondered how it would perform. It’s easy to get nervous about construction on a lancero. Spoiler alert: I didn’t need to be concerned.
The cold draw was mostly hay and pepper. The cigar smelled like barnyard to me.
Tatuaje Skinny Frank – First Third:
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. After about a quarter-inch, some sweetness joined in and made the pepper & spice a bit more enjoyable for me. Then the pepper dropped off a bit and was replaced with espresso & dark chocolate. Now that’s the ticket! Spice remained strong on the finish. Spice was slowly replaced with chocolate on the finish throughout the first third. The draw was a bit on the loose side, but nothing to be concerned with. Burn was razor-sharp and never required any attention at all. Bitter espresso, dark chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness took me through the rest of the first third. I do like the way this cigar looks, with its dark brown wrapper and its dark green band.
Tatuaje Skinny Frank – Second Third:
A bit of something different showed up near the beginning of the second third, and it took a few puffs for me to recognize that it was mint. The mint dropped away after just a little while, but it was just rallying to come back in force later. The second third sees nuts, espresso, sweet earth, and pepper taking turns leading the way. Chocolate and spice made up the finish – chocolate was short on the finish, and spice was longer. We’re at about medium strength at this point. The flavors are strong. The retrohale was mostly spice & pepper, and they were bold.
Tatuaje Skinny Frank – Final Third:
The final third saw bitter espresso, black pepper, and earth (muddy?) to get things started. There were background notes of dark chocolate and nuttiness, and that mint note came back. The mint note became more pronounced throughout the final third, eventually taking over. Pepper, earth, and mint dominated as I got to the nub.
Smoking time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.
For about 20 minutes after I smoked this cigar, my mouth tasted like peppermint mocha. Which is particularly interesting, as I tasted several of the flavors that make up peppermint mocha during the cigar, but they never really came together until the cigar was finished.
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.
Interesting mint flavor combined
well with other flavors
A little bitter
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