The Jekyll is seventh release in the Tatuaje Monster Series. It is tied in with the No. 8 release which will be The Hyde in 2015. The Tatuaje Monster series started back in 2008. Here is a quick rundown of the releases:
In addition to these releases, we have seen the Lil' Monsters in 2012 and the Pudgy Monsters in 2014. The Lil' Monsters release included the Mini Mum which gave us a peek at what the Mummy blend was going to be before it was released later that year. The Pudgy Monsters included two blends which are exclusive to that set and they were Chuck and Tiff in honor of the Child's Play films.
Then there is The Boris and Lil Boris which was in honor of Boris Karloff. While it was not technically part of the Monster Series, it tends to be included in the conversation.
Someday I will review all of these, but today we're talking about the Jekyll.
Tatuaje The Jekyll
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus
MSRP: $13 per stick
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review purchased from New Havana Cigars
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Flavor: The Jekyll got off to a bit of a slow start. The initial flavor notes were nuts, graham cracker and mild creamed coffee. There was some mild sweetness in there as well, but I found the first inch rather mild. At the one-inch mark, the nutty notes became a pronounced hazelnut and a baking spice picked up on the retrohale. From this point on the body steadily intensified. The spice became much more pronounced fat the midpoint and became more of a red pepper spice and began to settle on the tongue. The sweetness took on a caramel flavor and began to build up as well. The sweet and spice balanced each other every step of the way and dominated the profile from the midpoint on.
The Jekyll was really like two different cigars for me. The first half was ok with balanced flavors while the second half was much more "in your face."
Construction: No issues here. The cap on every cigar in the box I purchased had a kind of tapered tip. You can see it in the pic above. I haven't seen many notes on this, but I found the shape rather comfortable.
NOTE: Charlie, one of our members here on CigarFederation pointed out that the Jekyll is a marble head shape which is a traditional 109 shape in the world of CCs. Thanks for the info Charlie!
The Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus is beautiful with its reddish brown hue and silky feel. The draw was perfect and the burn was fine. There were a few funky lines in the burn, but no relights were necessary.
Strength: Some folks will call this a medium strength cigar and some will call it full. I'm going with the former. The Jekyll is a medium strength cigar that starts out on the mild side and builds as it goes.
Recommendation: It seems I blindly buy a box of monsters every year since 2011. I'm a sucker for these things. The problem is that I haven't really liked any of them. Until now, that is. The Jekyll is my favorite monster release since The Face and I would recommend it to just about anyone. I'm not a huge fan of the size, but I think this blend shines in this vitola. The Jekyll needs time for it's flavors to build and the Churchill vitola allows that. I smoked this one for just over two hours, so make sure you have the time before you fire one up.
Score: 90 AKA "Box Split"
Yes, I bought a box, but I'm a bit weird like that. The Jekyll falls into that grey area that is between a 5-Pack and a Box Split score for me. In this case a 5-Pack is a Box Split, so that cleared the ambiguity. The Jekyll is a good cigar and I enjoyed my experience with it. I will go back to this cigar often and believe it is one of the better Monster blends. I really dig that Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus wrapper.