Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
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 Mummy – Pre-Light
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.
There are a lot of imperfections in that wrapper. That’s what I’ve come to expect from the monster series, and that’s one of the things that gives them character.
Speaking of character, I’ve been getting a stronger and stronger feeling while reviewing the Skinny Monsters that they’ve lost some of their personality from previous releases. There aren’t any unfinished feet, and no open ones either. The Face has a paper band. The little things that gave prior monsters an extra bit of flair are gone and I’m sad to see them go.
Enough with sentimentality. The wrapper aroma was hay with cedar and some floral undertones. The cold draw was pepper and hay.
Tatuaje Skinny Mummy – First Third
The Mummy, like any self-respecting cigar in this series, starts with pepper. It’s mellower than the others I’ve smoked so far. I also get excellent notes of chocolate, coffee, and cocoa. There’s a sweetness I couldn’t quite put my finger on right away. Had to get my Instagram pic, of course, so some nearby rocks helped me out.
Wood and damp earth join the profile in the first third. The finish is dry cocoa to start, moving to a longer finish with pepper. Interestingly, the sweetness in this cigar is all in the puffs – I get almost no sweetness on the finish.
Tatuaje Skinny Mummy – Second Third
The profile gets darker heading into the second third. The wood becomes oaky, and I get a bit of a bourbon note on the finish. There’s some char, a bit of creaminess, and plenty of very dark chocolate. It’s a bit like what I imagine drinking dark chocolate from a bourbon barrel would be like.
Then the cedar re-appears and kills my analogy. It’s joined by a powdery chocolate milk. Pepper continues to provide a long finish. The other flavors in the cigar change, but the pepper on the finish remains. It’s like the rug that ties the room together.
The sweetness I couldn’t identify before comes back, and I’m pretty sure it’s similar to corn flakes. Coffee comes back to play a little bit too.
Draw and burn were both good; the draw better than the burn. As I’ve come to expect with the Skinnies.
Tatuaje Skinny Mummy – Final Third
Coffee comes back with a vengeance! Chocolate remains, and there’s a dry cocoa finish with lingering pepper. Word of warning: smoke this third slowly. Going too fast will drop the chocolate note and replace it with something bitter.
There’s a bit of leather in the final third, but the biggest differentiator between this third and the rest of the cigar is that it became really dry. I’ve had that happen with a couple of the Skinnies now, but I still wasn’t wise enough to bring a beverage. I sat there by the ocean thinking, “water, water everywhere…someday I’ll learn to bring a drink.”
My wife decided it would be fun to take an action shot of me smoking this cigar, so I’ll include that here.
My trusty review notepad (read: iPhone) was in my pocket. I write reviews by taking it out and jotting down notes, then coming back to those notes later to make sense of them.
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.
Many different flavors
Good flavor transitions
Flavors complemented each other well
Have to be careful to smoke
slowly in the final third
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