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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 Monster Lil Drac

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 after last weeks the Frank Jr. it is now time for Lil Drac.
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The lil Drac is a small belicoso, medium dark mild shiny wrapper with a few thin veins. The black and red band might be the one I like most from the monster series. Beautiful triple cap but I feel a few weak spots in the construction. The cold draw is perfect, I taste dry tobacco with a mild minty flavor.
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At the start I get a dry tobacco flavor with some mint, just like in the cold draw.  The mint disappears quickly and I taste dry flavors as in dry hay, grass and tobacco.
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After a third it’s still a mixture of dry flavors but with some warm spices. The last third starts warn and mild bitter but not in a bad way. The bitterness disappears and I taste nutmeg.
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I get a medium amount of smoke, medium to full, light colored. The ash is bright white. The burn is a bit crooked. The draw is flawless. The cigar lasted me little over an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I liked this better than the Frank Jr.

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

I admit it, I’m a Tatuaje and L’Atelier fan, so I was very happy when Pete Johnson handed me this La Mission robusto when I met him at intertabac again.
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The cigar looks great, dark and evil with a nice pigtail and a beautiful detailed band. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. The construction feels good. The predraw is good, not much flavor though.
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I taste a unusual but pleasant nutmeg, cinnamon, spice mixture with some acidity and sweetness, I can’t describe it differently. After a few puffs there is also a pleasant bitterness. Not too exiting though, after almost an inch I taste the same.
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After a third the bitterness is the main flavor, like really dark chocolate. I also get some pepper, this is a very nice combination. Unfortunately halfway a burnt flavor joins the party as an uninvited guest. Slowly the pepper gains strength, the burnt flavor is gone. After two thirds I taste wood, pepper and some citrus, the pepper is the biggest flavor.
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The cigar produces a lot of smoke which is medium thick. The salt and pepper colored ash is firm. The draw is flawless. This medium to full bodied and full flavored cigar lasted me an hour and thirty minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I’ll stick with a Bon chausseur and once a year the tatuaje rc233

Appearance: 9
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 Serie P Robusto

This Nicaraguan medium filler has a Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador and is made by My Father like all Tatuaje cigars. This cigar was created as a budget stick in the day when Tatuaje only had premium priced sticks.
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The cigar has a milk chocolate colored wrapper, a simple but traditional Tatuaje band, white with red letters. I smell a mild barnyard aroma. The cigar feels good. The predraw is fine, I taste white pepper.
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At first I taste pepper, toasted bread and nuts. Soon I get a metallic flavor which isn’t that pleasant but fortunately it mellows down to an acceptable level.
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After a third I taste nutmeg and toasted flavors, after that there isn’t much development.
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The ash is light gray but not firm. The smoke is medium, both is amount as in thickness and white colored. The burn is fine. This medium flavored medium bodied budget cigar lasted me an hour.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe, there are more budget cigars in this price range with this quality.
Appearance: 7
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 9
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 8
Aroma third part: 7
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Tatuaje verocu #5

The Tatuaje Verocu #5 is a petit corona, 4×40, that is sold in boxes of 50 without any bands. The nickname of this cigar is the ‘Havana VI on steroids’ as it is a bit stronger due to the use of some extra ligero in the Tatuaje Havana VI blend. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro made by My Father in their Nicaraguan factory.
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The wrapper is quite dark and oily. I see a few veins. The construction is fine. The predraw is fine too and I taste musty tobacco. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell.
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I taste sweet coffee, very nice, dry and a bit musty but not Connecticut shade musty, this is pleasant musty. After half an inch I taste sweet coffee with cinnamon and some herbs. I taste pepper in the aftertaste.
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The sweetness fades away and is replaced by some nutmeg near the halfway point of the cigar. I taste herbs, cinnamon and nutmeg. I realize that the pepper disappeared too. After two thirds I taste more cinnamon and nutmeg, I taste fresh herbs in the aftertaste and by fresh I mean minty.
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This small cigar lasted me for forty five minutes. The draw was great. The pepper and salt ash is firm. The smoke is medium, both in volume as in thickness. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I would like a box

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

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Tatuaje RC184

A year and a half ago I smoked the Tatuaje RC233. I bought that cigar at the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami and was told that the cigars were rolled by Don Pepin Garcia himself, like all RC cigars. The cigars are half wrapped in silver foil, like in the old days. RC stands for Retro Cubano. The 184 comes from the length of the cigar in millimeters and the cigar is shaped like a large perfecto.
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The cigar looks great, the shape is fantastic just like the packing. The chocolate brown and oily wrapper has a few veins. The predraw is great, which means the construction is great too. I taste some spiciness with some pepper on the tongue.
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I taste a spicy and peppery wood with some earthy notes and a very mild citrus. The citrus slowly grows in strength with a peppery aftertaste. After an inch I still taste some citrus with some wood and herbs. The flavors are very nice, full but smooth.
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After a third I taste a lot of wood, full but smooth with some spice and some citrus. After two thirds I get herbs as the main flavor with some pepper, nutmeg and citrus as supporting flavors. The cigar gets spicy, the expected Don Pepin signature.
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I did exactly two hours with this cigar. The draw is great and I got a lot of thick smoke. The ash is quite dark but firm. The burn is great. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied. I expected a huge flame at the purge, but the cigar burns clean as I only got a small flame.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I like these almost as much as the RC233

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

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