Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.”

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.”

Size:  Corona  (5 5/8 x 44)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium

Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP)

Grade: 9.4

Welcome to final installment of our Tatuaje Lil Monster Series Sampler review.

Today we are going to review the “Frank Jr.” a miniaturized version of the Tatuaje limited 2008  Halloween release, The Frank was named after the Frankenstein monster and it’s size as a box pressed double corona (7 5/8 x 49) served the namesake well.  The Frank Jr. continues in it’s daddy’s legacy by offering us an oversized corona in the box press format.

A few quick thoughts:  Connecticut Broadleaf is one of my preferred wrappers so I anticipated good things from this blend, much like with it’s predecessor.  The Lil Monster I had smoked before this one was the Lil Drac, and I didn’t have a great experience so I was hoping to end the review series on a high note. Did I? Read on! And what would this review be if I didn’t say I love the concept and the smaller Vitolas in this sampler.

But enough about that, how’s it smoke?

Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The Frank Jr. is an impressive looking specimen despite it’s smaller size.  The dark wrapper has a rough, rugged appearance.  There appear to be minute crystalline flecks in it.  Much like the Lil Drac we reviewed, there was a small blemish in the wrapper on the Frank Jr., but it had no impact on the smoke.  The cap looked a bit sloppy, but that may have been part of the aesthetics of the cigar as both Frank Jr.’s in my sampler had sloppy caps.

The scent off the foot was that of wet hay with faint hints of red wine.  The pre-light draw was very grassy with a note that’s a bit harder to describe.  That note was reminiscent of a combination of almonds and vanilla.

Burn:  (1.8) The Frank Jr. opened up with an absolutely perfect burn line.  The silver-grey ash held beyond an inch.  When the ash did fall it was chalky and lost its solid form that it held so well while on the cigar.  I did have to touch up the burn once after letting the cigar rest a little too long between puffs.  The burn did get a little hot during the last inch but that didn’t stop me from nubbing the Frank Jr.

Flavor:  (2.8)  The first few puffs of the Frank Jr. were absolutely wonderful with a initial flavor of cocoa with a clearly defined almond note and hints of vanilla that were all wrapped together nicely with a very mild cinnamon spice. Through the first third the cocoa note shows a nice range of depth and the spice on the finish remains mild.

The  second third continues where the first third left off with a dynamic cocoa note in the forefront, a reoccurring almond nuttiness and a very mild spice on the finish.  The smoke leaves a hint of a licorice flavor on my palate.

As I progress through the final third the smoke seems to get creamier  and the pepper picks up a little bit.  The last puff off the nub was terrific and combined all the best characteristics of the flavor with the cocoa up front, almond, and a mild pepper.

I never  noticed the body creep beyond medium for me.

Overall: (2.9)   The Frank Jr. was a great way to wrap up the reviews of Lil Monsters series.  The flavors were very crisp, defined, and noteworthy.  I enjoyed the medium body and that all those rich tastes came through without a heavy nicotine dose.  Coronas are one of my favorite Vitolas, and the Frank Jr. delivered big time for me.  This was definitely my favorite of the Lil Monster series and the most disappointing part of the smoke was that there were only two in the sampler!

Total: 9.4  

I hope you enjoyed our review of the Tatuaje Lil Monster’s sampler and if you’ve been following along you know we’ve been teasing a contest, so here it is.  We are going to give away one box of Tatuaje Lil Monsters to one of our readers. Click here to enter to win a box of Little Monsters!