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Tatuaje Monster Series Mummy

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

In 2012 the Tatuaje Monster series finally made it to Europe. Well, only to The Netherlands and only 50 of the plain boxes. These 7¾x47 Churchills are made by My Father cigars.
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The ring is simple and the cigar has a closed foot, something I always like. I don’t see a lot of veins. The construction feels good, and the cigar has a silky feel to it. The aroma is strong and reminds me of horses. The cold draw is easy and mild spicy
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The herbal, pepper and nutmeg flavors that I taste are strong and spicy on a layer of earthy flavors, more a muddy flavor. After half an inch the mud changes into a pleasant metallic flavor with spicy herbs.
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Slowly the cigar gets more herbal with a little licorice on the background. The flavors are very dry. Halfway I taste some nutmeg again with some hazelnut and cinnamon. Slowly some pepper shows up too. After two thirds is dry herbs again but now with the nutmeg and cinnamon.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes. The draw is fine and the amount and thickness of the smoke are good too. The light ash is reasonably firm. The burn is straight. This was a cigar with an unusual flavor profile.
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Would I buy this cigar again? That would be impossible

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Drac

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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The second cigar from the sampler is the Pudgy Monster Drac, a 5×52 torpedo with a shiny dark wrapper. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco topped with an Ecuadorean Habano Maduro wrapper. The aroma reminds me of a barnyard and the construction feels great. The cold draw is great and a bit peppery.
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First flavor I taste is coffee with pepper. It changes to wood with a little sweetness and a little red pepper on my tongue.
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Halfway I taste wood, the sweetness is gone and the pepper changed into white pepper.
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The smoke is white, thick and plentiful. The draw is great, not too tight and not too loose. The ash is nice silver gray and firm. The burn was a tiny bit crooked at the start but corrected itself. The cigar isn’t very dynamic but still flavorful and the smoke time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, if that was possible.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & Ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Pudgy Monster Frank

After the success of the little monster serie sampler Pete Johnson decided to release another sampler with the six first Tatuaje Monster releases in a shorter size but with the original ring gauge, the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters with an added new release Chucky and Tiff. I will be reviewing the complete sampler in the next few weeks.
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The box pressed pudgy Frank measures 5⅝x49. The cigar is quite dark with a beautiful triple cap and the recognizable Tatuaje band in green & black. The wrapper feels silky and the cigar has a pretty strong  barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the cold draw is great. I taste dry tobacco with some pepper.
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I taste coffee with pepper. Soon after the coffee is gone and I taste toast, wood and some herbs. After an inch the wood is gone and I taste some sweetness instead.
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After a third i also taste a little mint, which makes the cigar taste a little fresh on a bed of toast and herbs with spice in the back of my throat. After two thirds I taste more pepper with wood and herbs. The pepper grows toward the end.
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The smoke is thick and white. The ash is white, firm and dense. The burn is sharp. This cigar is medium full and full flavored. The smoke time is about 90 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I have another sampler in my possession.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 9
Draw: 9
Burn: 9
Smoke & Ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Mini Mum

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I started a few weeks ago with the little monsters in chronological order, so now it’s time for the Mini mum, the last of the little monsters.
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As my followers know, I’m a fan of the thinner ring gauge, and this mini mum is right up my alley. A corona sized medium brown cigar with a simple gray and white band. The wrapper has a few thin veins and the cold draw is fine with a little minty flavor. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma.
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The flavors are full, fresh and spicy at the same time. Fresh as in mint like. The freshness disappears quickly. After half an inch the cigar gets a little more herbal.
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After a third I taste the herbs with a little bit of pepper, jalapeño. But there is also some sugar like sweetness with each draw. Halfway the pepper disappears, now I taste wood and herbs. Near the end I also taste licorice.
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The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is medium and the ash is a little flaky. Smoke is getting thicker halfway.
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Would I buy this cigar again? This is the best little monster. If it was for sale outside the sampler I would. I nubbed the cigar for an hour and a half

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Wolfie

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I started a few weeks ago with the little monsters in chronological order, so now it’s time for the Wolfie, cigar number 4.
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A pretty belicoso, with the well known, simple and thin Tatuaje band, with red letters this time. Construction feels good and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. I cut it very small but the draw is still great. I taste raisin and tobacco.
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Coffee, that’s what I taste straight from the start. After a few puffs I also taste some dark chocolate. After an inch the cigar gets spicy and peppery. After a third it’s a mild bitter and red pepper flavor profile. It burns on my lips, but on the background I can taste some chocolate again. The last part is just mean and bitter.
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The smoke isn’t very thick or plentiful but it’s not thin either, nice medium medium. The ash is dense and light gray. The draw is fantastic, the burn is even. The cigar is full bodied and medium flavored. Smoking time is about 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this little monster isn’t as good as the real deal.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 5

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Baby Face

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I started last week with the little monsters in chronological order, so cigar three is the baby face.
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This petit robusto stands out because of the band, or lack of band as you can see. The band is a piece of light colored tobacco that stands out to the dark wrapper. The foot is closed. The cigar has a nice barnyard smell, best smelling little monster so far. The cold draw is good and a little spicy.
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A little bit of red pepper and dry leaves, this cigar tastes like autumn. I also taste spices, but all remind me of autumn. After half an inch there is also a caramel like sweetness.
After a third it’s still spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, still very autumn that fits the weather today. There’s also a little black pepper on the background with some lemon sest.
The caramel changes to refined sugar but very mild. The rest of the flavor remain the same.
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The smoke is medium full and the silver gray ash is a bit flaky. The draw is flawless. The ash is firm. The smoke time of this short cigar was about 45 minutes,
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Would I buy this cigar again? The little monsters are getting better, can’t wait for the next one.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 8

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Tatuaje Little Monsters Frank Jr.

In 2008 Tatuaje started with a yearly tradition, the monster series, to be release around Halloween. It all stated with the Frank named after Frankenstein, 2009 was the Drac after Dracula, then the face after leatherface from the Texas chainsaw massacre. 2011 honored the movie the wolf man and 2012 gave us the mummy. 2013 was the year of Jason Voorhees with the JV13, then came Jekyll to be followed by the Hyde.


In the mean time Tatuaje released a box of Tatuaje little monsters, miniature versions of the first 5 editions and the pudgy monsters, smaller versions of the monsters bit with the original ring gauge of the first 6 years and an added bonus of chucky and his bride. For the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing the little and pudgy monsters and some of the Tatuaje monsters that are left in my collection. I’m starting with the little monsters in chronological order so today it’s the Frank Jr.
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A nice dark corona with some tooth and veins, without a band it could easily been mistaken for a Padron stick. Construction feels good and I smell a little bit of hay. The pre draw is fine with a little harsh taste of good tobacco. Time to grab my trusted Ronson varaflame from the late 60’s and light this puppy up.

First flavored are sharp, herbal with the bitterness of dark chocolate but without the chocolate flavor and a bit soapy. This is nothing like I remember from the original Frank. The soapy flavor is dominant with some herbal and peppery flavors on the background.
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After a third the soap turns into spicy green herbs and mint, an improvement. The red pepper grows too, I can taste it on the tip of my tongue. In the aftertaste there is a mild dark chocolate taste. The cigar is very enjoyable now.

Halfway the pepper changes from red to wblack and the chocolate gets a bit stronger. Unfortunately there is a little hint of that soapy flavor on the background again. Near the end the cigar gets bitter.
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The draw is great and from the first moment I get a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is dark and flaky. It also breaks easily . The burn is straight, no complaints here. The smoke time was an hour.

Would I buy this cigar again? No. Even if it was possible still no because of the soapy flavor.

Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 6
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 7

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Tatuaje Boris

Thanks to two American friends I got my hands on two of the hard to get and hyped up Tatuaje Dracula and Tatuaje Boris. I smoked the Drac before and liked it a lot, so my expectations for this Boris were very high. Almost every review I read on this Boris was positive too, so I couldn’t wait to light it but I forced myself to wait a while, as I knew that it would be next to impossible to get another stick if I liked it. The moment that I couldn’t wait any longer arrived, last night I decided it was time to light this special stick. From what I’ve been told, this Boris is last year’s Tatuaje Frank but out of costume. I can’t tell as I haven’t smoked the Frank yet.
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The oily wrapper is a little messy with lots of veins. The Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado gives the cigar a nice reddish glow. The cigar has a bit of a sour, ammonia like, barnyard smell. I feel some soft spots in the construction but the predraw gives the right amount of resistance. I can taste cedar and raisin with a peppery aftertaste.
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I get a full earth and coffee flavor and a very very mild chocolate. I also get some freshness from the cigar, I don’t know exactly what kind of freshness, it is not minty and the flavor is a bit hidden. The chocolate gains some power and after an inch the freshness become a bit stronger too. I get a dry feeling in my mouth. After ⅓ I taste cedar with the mild chocolate and the fresh aftertaste.
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The chocolate joins the freshness in the aftertaste, and halfway the cigar I also taste some herbs on the background. After ⅔ the herbal flavors are the main flavor, they pushed the cedar away completely. There is a hint of chocolate with the freshness on the background and in the aftertaste, but the chocolate starts fading away until I can’t taste it anymore.
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The smoke time of this 7×49 cigar is one hour and forty five minutes. I had to correct the burn a few times but the draw was good. I got a lot of smoke from the cigar. The firm ash is light colored, almost silvery gray. To me this cigar was medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. This cigar is almost impossible to get, and I liked the Drac better.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Tatuaje Drac

After the success of the Tatuaje Frankenstein aka Tat Frank, Pete Johnson’s tribute to a classic horror movie, Tatuaje Cigars decided to release 1300 boxes, each containing 13 cigars under the name Dracula a year later, again around halloween. These cigars are in high demand and hard to get but a friend send me one of these and a Tatuaje Boris, the other halloween release and later I was able to buy one of each too.
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The Tat Drac is a 6¾ x 52 torpedo with only a small black & red band on the foot of the cigar. I notice that the band is upside down, which is a nice detail. This Nicaraguan puro has a tough Habano maduro wrapper. The construction feels good and that translates in a great predraw, which releases raisins and pepper. The cigar has hardly any aroma to it.
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The first flavor I taste is a very pleasant coffee flavor, not as bold and strong as expected though. I notice that the smoke feels pretty cool in my mouth. Beneath the coffee there is a hint of chocolate and after half an inch I also taste some pepper. The coffee grows in strength and so does the background flavor which is chocolate. After an inch and a half the chocolate grows stronger. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry. The flavors are balanced, subtle and complex.
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Halfway the coffee disappears and the chocolate becomes the main flavor with some wood on the background and I also taste some nuts. The nut flavor changes into toast real quickly. The last few puffs bring the nut flavor back though.
100713tatuajedracula4This Tatuaje releases a lot of thick white smoke and has a firm light colored ash. The draw is fine and so is the burn, although I had a minor burn issue because at a certain moment the wrapper tore a bit, but once I got passed that point of the cigar the burn corrected itself and was flawless again. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied, I expected a full bodied cigar due to the reputation that Tatuaje has, but it wasn’t that powerful.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish! This cigar totally lived up to the hype.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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