Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
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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Pre-Light: The Skinny Wolf features a veiny, mottled brown wrapper with some changes from the previous versions of the Wolf. Aside from becoming skinny, the foot is now finished. This is the first Wolf that doesn’t feature an unfinished foot.
The pre-light aroma is cedar, almonds, and vanilla. The pre-light draw is pepper on the lips, vanilla, and nuts.
Tatuaje Skinny Wolf – First Third
Much like the other Skinny Monsters I’ve smoked so far, it starts with a strong blast of pepper and spice. It’s mostly red pepper, with some black pepper in there too. Soon the flavor profile becomes nutty and creamy with a vanilla sweetness and red pepper on the finish.
There are a lot of flavors that flit in and out during this smoke. I’m getting floral notes, cedar, and several different kinds of nuts – walnut, almond, hazelnut. Cinnamon appears as well. These all come in and out throughout the length of the cigar. It’s pretty complex. It has more delicate & subtle flavors than the previous Skinny Monsters I’ve smoked.
It changes one more time near the end of the first third. The creaminess, sweetness, cinnamon and some nutmeg combine with the nutty notes to remind me of a nutty pie.
The draw is just right. The burn wanders and needs some touch-ups every now and then. There wasn’t much to complain about, so I kicked back by the water to enjoy. Note the slightly-uneven burn.
Tatuaje Skinny Wolf – Second Third
Nuts and toast lead the second third. A couple puffs have some skunkiness to them, but that doesn’t last long. The vanilla sweetness drops off in this third. Instead, I get something like refried beans. There’s a small touch of citrus in the second third, but not much. I expected a bit more citrus based on the Pudgy Wolf. Instead, it’s refried beans.
Near the end of the second third, the toast flavor changes to wood. Nuts, wood, and a bit of bean take us to the end of the second third. Pepper and nuts still control the finish.
The volume of smoke this cigar puts out is pretty impressive.
Tatuaje Skinny Wolf – Final Third
Nuttiness continues to drive this segment with a bit of char and some floral notes. Toast comes back and combines well with the nuttiness. There are some cedar notes and occasionally a bit of gingerbread. The final third has the fewest flavor changes.
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.
Flavors were great and went well together
Burn got a little off sometimes
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