Review: Tatuaje Jekyll - Monster Series

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:

  • 2008 - Tatuaje The Frank in honor of Frankenstein
  • 2009 - Tatuaje The Drack in honor of Dracula
  • 2010 - Tatuaje The Face in honor of Leather Face
  • 2011 - Tatuaje The Wolfman in honor of the Wolf Man
  • 2012 - Tatuaje The Mummy in honor of the Mummy
  • 2013 - Tatuaje The JV13 in honor of Jason Voorhees and Friday the 13th
  • 2104 - Tatuaje The Jekyll in honor of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Coming in 2015 - The Hyde

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

Size: 7x49

Vitola: Churchill

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

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.

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Comment by Cigar Coop on October 30, 2014 at 11:24am

Nice review.  It's good to see more Tatuaje content lately on Cig Fed.

Comment by RobbyRas on October 30, 2014 at 11:27am

Thanks Coop!  I've got a bunch of tats in the review pipeline... TAA 2014 will be next...

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on October 30, 2014 at 3:55pm

nice review Rob...

I could have sworn that the wrapper was a Sumatra thou...

Comment by RobbyRas on October 30, 2014 at 4:08pm

all the info I have seen says Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm

When a Tat starts putting out that sweet baking spice, that's a good time.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 31, 2014 at 8:43am

Nice review Rob, I smoked one on Wednesday, and I agree with everything you said, excpet for this being the best fav is the Mummy still, but this one was good........waiting till March to try another one and see if they you are not kidding, this is a LONG ASS Smoke.

Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 31, 2014 at 8:43am

Oh and what is that tube like thing in that last pic?

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on November 1, 2014 at 12:28am

Smoked one today. I think your review is spot-on, Rob. Love the Sancti Spiritus wrapper. 

Comment by Charlie on November 1, 2014 at 6:54pm

Thanks for the shout out Rob! I have heard you are dead on with the review and everyone's experience has been very similar. I didn't get to smoke mine on Halloween like I planned but am lighting one up tonight. The wrapper is most defiantly a Santicus Spiritus (same as the L'atelier line). Great review and I have been eagerly waiting to fire one up!  

Comment by atllogix on November 2, 2014 at 12:36am

Nice review Rob. I too would like to know what the Monster tube is in the pic. Was it a complimentary accessory with the purchase?


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