If you can name any cigar manufacturer out there that grabs the attention of more cigar smokers than Pete Johnson, I would be impressed. When I say cigar smokers by the way, I mean the cigar smokers like myself and you who are reading this. I don’t mean the guy who comes into the shop on Fridays and picks up a handful of Fuentes, Rocky Patels, etc. The guy has been on fire since 2003 and one of the releases that he has that gets everyone crazy is his annual Monster release. I myself have gone crazy over past Monster releases and because Pete Johnson knows we all go nuts over those releases, he created box samplers like Little Monsters and Pudgy Monsters. Today I look at a release in the Pudgy Monster box, but instead of looking at a past Monster release, I am looking at a smoke that has never been a Monster release. That cigar is the Tiff, and it was one of the additions to the sampler box, along with the Chuck, that was released for this occasion only.
Size: 4” with a 50 ring gauge
Vitola: Petit Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
MSRP: (Pudgy Monster Box, $95.00)
Cigars smoked for review: Two
Reviewed cigar under Cigar Federation rating system.
Appearance and Aroma: The petit robusto is rolled well and it has a solid wrapper applied. The triple is cap is perfect and there are very few veins present on the silky wrapper. There is a slight imperfection in the wrapper with a soft spot underneath, but the rollers at the factory cleverly put the band on the opposite side of the cigar to hide this. Overall though, the wrapper has a nice golden hay coloring and is silky in texture, and I am getting an aroma of honey, hay, nuts and cedar on the foot and wrapper. In terms of appearance the cigar gets an eight out of ten, the imperfection in the back pisses me off, and when looking at the aroma the cigar gets a ten out of ten; the aroma is simply great.
Smoking Characteristics and Flavor: From beginning to end, Tiff produces a great burn line with a solid charcoal ash on the end. The draw is very cool for a majority of the cigar, but if it had a smaller ring gauge it would have gotten hot a lot quicker. In about the last inch it does become hot and it really kills the flavors that are being produced and it kills what the cigar can offer. Other than that, the cigar is constructed very well and is a good example of a cigar coming out of My Father Cigars. Looking at the flavors being produced, it is showing a profile that I would expect with a Connecticut wrapper and I am getting some hay, cedar, cream and leather notes. There are some spices present, along with some nutty qualities, but for the most part it is focused on the cream, cedar and leather. Eventually though, the cigar begins to produce a more complex flavor profile that is showing some additional flavors of popcorn, roasted peanuts and espresso beans. They begin to make an appearance towards the end of the cigar though, and with it getting warmer due to the cigar coming to a close, it kind of kills the flavors. With smoking characteristics, the cigar gets 13 out of 15 points. Looking at the flavors of the cigar, the cigar gets 24 points out of 30.
Overall Impression: I am not the biggest fan of the Tiff and looking at the cigars offered in the box, it is my least favorite thus far. Tatuaje has a much better Connecticut with Cabaiguan, and basically any other Ecuadorian Connecticut coming out of My Father Cigars is better than this as well. I felt the blend was lacking in terms of complexity and looking at a Connecticut wrapper, it really falls into that area of being somewhat one dimensional. If this ever became a release that you could pick up outside of this box, I would not buy any. If I was given one I would smoke it, but I would not buy any, singles or five packs. Like anyone in any industry, there are times where you make a product that is not successful. To me, this is a time where Pete did not show his best work. You get them when you buy the box, so smoke them and see what you think, but personally I was not blown away or found much enjoyment from the smoke. It gets 28 out of 35 points.
Rating: 83 Points “If I Had Them”