Review: Tatuaje Skinny Monsters The Drac

More Skinny Monsters!

The Tatuaje Skinny Monsters are the latest iteration of the blends have become so popular with cigar smokers.  They are currently available in a 10-count sampler that includes one version of each Monster release.  Over the next few months I'll post up reviews of each blend.  Today's review is The Drac.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters sampler includes each of the following in a petite lancero:

  • The Frank
  • The Drac
  • The Face
  • The Wolf
  • The Mummy
  • The Jason
  • The Jekyll
  • The Hyde
  • The Chuck
  • The Tiff

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters The Frank

Size: 6 x 38

Vitola: Petite Lancero

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua 

Factory: My Father S.A.

MSRP: $84.99 - Box of 10

Samples smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review were purchased by reviewer

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: The look and feel of the Skinny Drac was solid.  It was so densely packed that I was worried that the draw would be tight, but luckily that wasn't an issue.  The wrapper gave off notes of baking spice, cinnamon and cedar while the cold draw tasted of black pepper, anise and oak.  Those flavors were all over the map.  The cold draw was a much better indicator of things to come that the wrapper aroma was.

Beginning:  The Skinny Drac got off to a bold start.  Big notes of peppercorn, cracked black pepper, earth and wood dominated the profile.  The retrohale featured more of that spicy black pepper and that was how things went for the first 1/2 inch or so.  A mild sweet cream undertone showed up on the palate and the retro to give some relief from the pepper overload.  The spice began to settle on the tongue and coat the palate as the first third came to a close.

Middle:  Thankfully, things started to smooth out in the middle third.  The pepper abated a bit on both the palate and the retohale.  That creamy sweetness took a small step forward and smoothed out the overall profile.  Things were still dominated by peppercorn and black pepper, but the added creaminess vastly improved the texture and "feel" of the smoke.

End:  And... more peppercorn.  I don't think I have ever tasted this much peppercorn in anything other than a peppercorn itself.  The creamy texture all but disappeared.  The profile was dirty, peppery and burnt tasting.

Final Thoughts:  My experience here wasn't all that different from other Drac vitolas.  The peppercorn flavor was much more in intense however, and that really threw the profile out of whack.  If you like an earthy pepper bomb, then you simply NEED to smoke this cigar and I bet you'll flip out.  Quite simply put, the Skinny Drac was lacking in balance, complexity and depth of flavor.  I'm not a big fan of this blend and will probably avoid purchasing it in the future.

Rating: 80 AKA "I'd smoke 'em if I had 'em"

If it's in a sampler, then I'll probably smoke it, but that's about it.

Views: 111

Comment by Charlie on June 13, 2016 at 3:52pm

I still think the lighter shade wrapped Skinnies are the best...

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on June 13, 2016 at 4:19pm
Man lowest review I have seen from you in a while.

Comment by 007MI6 on June 13, 2016 at 4:25pm

Yea it is. #Truth hurts I guess.

Comment by 007MI6 on June 13, 2016 at 4:26pm

Side note: I like the photos. Been thinking about trying to change mine up a bit.

Comment by RobbyRas on June 13, 2016 at 5:14pm

Charlie -  I'm working my way through in order, so I'm curious to see if you're right... The Frank was a damn fine cigar... The Drac was not...

Comment by RobbyRas on June 13, 2016 at 5:14pm

Logan - I've been lucky to smoke and review good shit recently... that streak has ended, however...

Comment by RobbyRas on June 13, 2016 at 5:15pm

Thanks Jerad!  I was pretty bored with the smoke, so i got creative with the pics 

Comment by Trippopolis on June 13, 2016 at 6:20pm

The Anti-Rob.

Comment by RobbyRas on June 13, 2016 at 6:22pm

speaking of Kryptonite...


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