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:
Tatuaje Skinny Monsters The Frank
Size: 6 x 38
Vitola: Petite Lancero
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
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.