Review: Tatuaje Wolfie (2012 Little Monsters)

I purchased the Tatuaje Wolfie as a part of the 2012 Little Monsters ‘Orange box’ release.  I hadn’t actually smoked any of them until October of 2013.  

 

 

Nose:

I picked up tons of pepper, wet cedar and earth.  There is a lot going on for the nose here.

Construction:

The Tatuaje Wolfie comes in a torpedo measuring  5 1/2” by 48 ring gauge.  The cigar is box pressed with a shaggy foot, which is an obvious nod to the character it is based on.  The band is a grey with red lettering indicating ‘little Tatuaje monsters’ like almost all the rest of the line.

Each of the Lil’ Monsters series represents a limited release cigar from a previous year in a smaller vitola.  The Wolfie represents the 2011 release of “The Wolfman” based on the same horror character.    The Wolfman original 2011 release was also a torpedo, but measuring a generous 7 1/2” by 52 ring gauge. 

The Orange Lil’ Monsters box was produced in a limited run of 10,000.  Each box also included 2 of each of the Monster series cigars in smaller vitolas, along with a trading card representing one of the characters.   Along with the 5 characters matching the cigars, there was another 2 printed that were limited edition.

 

 

Flavor:

First Third

The first third starts with some pepper that continues to linger post draw.    The pepper is not very strong, but it does seem to last almost the entire time between draws.  There are some dried nut flavors around the 20 minute mark.   As the first third is winding down there’s some sweet earth that makes an appearance.

Overall I wasn’t feeling a lot of flavor complexity here, compared to the other Lil’ Monsters I have reviewed.

 

Middle Third

The sweetness manages to carry into the second third and brings with it cedar undertones.   The earth component really picks up in intensity at the mid point.  

I’m getting some grassy moss flavors as the second third closes out.

 

Last Third

The sweetness picks up in intensity here with the earth reducing.  A really nice third to finish off the cigar.

Burn/Draw:

The draw was wide open here, cut with a guillotine cutter.  Significant amount of thick smoke production.  The burn was very consistently straight.  Total smoking time was just shy of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Value:

The Little Monsters series was only sold as the ‘Orange box’ back in 2012.   It’s possible that if you searched carefully you could still find a box sitting in the back of a B&M humidor.    At the time they were available, a box of 10 could be picked up for the bargain of $75.  Considering it contained 2 of every Monster release, I would consider the pricing to be excellent value.

Final Word:

I wasn’t impressed with the initial complexity, but the flavors are consistent from start to finish for a very enjoyable cigar.   I would say that this ranks as my second favorite cigar from the Little Monsters release.  

 


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