Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface”

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface”

Size:  Petit Robusto (4 3/8 x 50)

Wrapper: San Andreas Mexican Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-full

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

Grade: 9.3

Welcome to third edition of our review series of the Tatuaje Lil Monster Series Sampler.

Today we are going to review the “BabyFace” a miniaturized version of the Tatuaje limited  2010 Halloween release, the Face.    The Face was named for the character Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.  The appearance of the stick, with its rustic look and band made of Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper does a good job of tying in to the Cigars namesake.

A few quick thoughts:  The band, made of Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is intriguing and pre–smoke, I am really interested in seeing what this does as it burns.  Of all the original Monster series cigars this is the one I have not smoked, so again I am very curious.  There has been a lot of great use of the Mexican San Andres wrapper this last year, see Ortega Serie D and Room 101 San Andres as some examples, so there’s plenty of reference to this wrapper on the palette of cigar smokers this year.  Oh yeah,  I love the concept and the smaller Vitolas in this sampler.

But enough about that, how’s it smoke?

Pre-Light:  (1.8)  The San Andres wrapper on the Babyface has a rustic look to it with some notable veins and tooth to it.  The foot is closed with a fold over of extra wrapper leaf and a very short pig tail at the head.  The band is a made of Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador which is a very cool feature which I suspect will add something to the smoke in the last third.  The Babyface is very firm an tightly packed.

The scent off the foot is of hay and dry bakers chocolate, which is common with this wrapper.  After a very small snip to remove the pigtail I get a pre light draw of sweet grass and more hints of that bakers chocolate.

That Connecticut band I mentioned happens to be very brittle and I lose some small chips handling the cigar.

Burn:  (1.9)  The burn and draw throughout the cigar was very good.  The ash held in clumps.  This was the best draw, burn, ash combo of the three Lil Monsters I’ve smoked so far.  The resting smoke even has a tinge of sweetness to it.  There were times where the burn line wavered a slight bit but it was inconsequential.

Flavor:  (2.8)  The first puff was all wrapper which is a very mice dry bakers cocoa.  As the filler begins to burn with the wrapper I get some mild spice and a little nuttiness joining the tastes to the palette.  The flavors stay distinct through the retro hale.  The body is just a at the lower range of medium in the first third.  AS I smoke through the first third the cocoa note becomes a bit more dynamic.  That note changes from the dry bakers cocoa to a rich milk chocolate and hits a lot territory in between.

Through the second third the flavors remain with this sweet dynamic cocoa and chocolate notes being the most distinct to the palette.  There is a faint spice to the finish but it is more an accent flavor that works well to bind the other flavors together.   The spice actually picks up a little through the second third while the cocoa continues to change up between puffs.  The smoke is rich, chewy, and delicious.

The final third is what I was really looking forward to and it certainly was rewarding.  As the Connecticut wrapper begins to burn there’s a dimension of sweet creaminess that’s added to the cocoa rich smoke.  It’s as if there was a shot of cream added to the cocoa.  The retro hale continues to be rich and flavorful but now there are notes smooth sweet notes of cream and a hint of red wine mixed into the retro hale.  In the last third the body inches it’s way closer to full, something that occurred with the other two Lil Monsters I’ve reviewed.

Overall: (2.8)  The  Babyface isn’t the most complex or refined smoke out there, but it hits almost dead in the center of the sweet spot of the flavor profile I tend to gravitate to.  A rich Cocoa heavy smoke with occasional nuttiness in the front and creaminess in the end with a bit of spice on the finish.

The combination of flavors,  especially with the addition of flavors caused by the Ecuadorian Connecticut “band” puts the Babyface as my favorite of the Lil Monsters series at the halfway point.  If I could buy a box of Babyface’s I would jump at the opportunity!

Total: 9.3

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