Cigar Review: Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters

Pudgy Monsters

Price: $95.00

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The much anticipated follow up to Pete Johnson’s Little Monsters is the perfect Halloween treat. The Pudgy Monsters box is the only place to get your hands on the older blends in the Monster Series, albeit in a smaller size. Each box contains contained ten cigars: 1 Frank, 1 Drac, 1 Face, 1 Wolf, 1 Mummy, 1 Jason, 2 Chucks and 2 Tiffs. Since the cigars can only be purchased by the box. So since the only way to get you hands hands on them is to buy a box, we decided to do something different and review (in short form) each of the cigars in one big review.

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Frank: There is an immediately apparent black pepper to the Frank that is especially noticeable on the retrohale. It starts off the first third with earth, almonds and black pepper flavors. A good draw lets through a significant amount of smoke. During the second third there is a mix of earthy cocoa and salted nuts. The retrohale of begins to show a mix of cocoa and pepper, while the burn continues to remain even. A slight cedar joins the existing flavors in the final third of the cigar. Full flavored with great construction, the Frank is a memorable Pudgy Monster.
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 5/8″ x 49
Strength: full bodied
Overall Rating: 9.0

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Drac: The first third of the Drac begins with mild cedar and chocolate notes that soon develops an earthy undercurrent. In the second third the cigar gets decidedly creamier with cedar, milk chocolate and cappuccino being the main flavors. While the creaminess really takes over in the final third of the cigar, there is a bit of black pepper flavor that mixes well with the existing ones to make the cigar really stand out. The draw is good and fairly easy. The Drac has a slow even burn with a great ash. The original was one of my favorite cigars, and the Drac was one of my favorites in the Pudgy Box. It’s one of those cigars that comes to mind whenever someone mentions the Monster Series.
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5″ x 52
Strength: medium-full
Overall Rating: 9.1

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Face: The first third of the Face begins with hay, leather and earth notes. A bit of sweet hay and white pepper appear on the retrohale. In the second third there is a bit of powdered cocoa that joins the existing hay, oak and earth flavors. At the halfway point there is a mix of pepper and mild spice on the retrohale. During the transition to the final third a coffee bean creeps in, and compliments the already present flavors quite well. The final third is a mix of dark coffee, leather earth, oak and pepper. The burn on the Face is a jagged, but that just fits the theme of the cigar. A great draw lets through a lot smoke. The original Face was one of my all time favorite Tatuajes, and the Pudgy version is still a great cigar. It isn’t quite as spectacular in the original, but it’s still pretty impressive.
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 4 3/8″ x 56
Strength: medium-full
Overall Rating: 9.1

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Wolf: Salted peanuts and leather start off the Wolf. On the retrohale there is a mixture of leather and white pepper. Throughout the first third the nuttiness mixes with a leather, oak, cinnamon and whole grain toast flavors. In the second third coffee and hay flavors appear and begin to  blend with the leather, oak, toast and nuts that were present in the first third. The final third there is a mix of coffee, toast, leather, hay and oak notes. During the last inch of the Wolf there is a salt and pepper that develops and detracts a bit from the existing flavors. Like most Tatuaje cigars, the draw is perfect. Despite a slightly uneven burn the Wolf holds a great ash.
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2″ x 52
Strength: medium bodied
Overall Rating: 8.8

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Mummy: The Mummy starts off with a great mix of sweet chocolate and leather favors. Some mild pepper and cedar stays in the background during the first third of the cigar. The sweetness continues over to the second third with creamy cocoa, leather, cedar and nut flavors. A slight cinnamon occurs upon entering the final third. Leather, cedar and spice dominate the final third of the Mummy while chocolate remains in the background. Surprisingly, the draw is a bit on the firm side for a Tatuaje cigar. The burn is a little wobbly but doesn’t need any correcting from a lighter.
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Sun Grown Criollo)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 3/4″ x 47
Strength: medium bodied
Overall Rating: 8.9

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Jason: Right from the beginning there is a significant amount of pepper. There is an underlying earthiness to the first third of the Jason with pepper, powdered cocoa, barnyard hay and spice. White pepper dominates the retrohale. In the second third the pepper mellows out a bit as a fair amount sweetness with flavors of powdered cocoa, earth, dark chocolate, leather and taffy become more prevalent. In the final third the pepper begins to get stronger again while chocolate, nuts, earth and leather notes occur in the background. A mostly even burning cigar. The great draw produces a lot smoke. The Jason is my definitely my personal favorite of any in the box.
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2″ x 52
Strength: full bodied
Overall Rating: 9.2

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Chuck: The Chuck starts off with pepper, tree bark and cinnamon. There is a good amount of pleasing pepper to the retrohale. A meatiness begins to take shape in the second third. Meat, earth and pepper dominate the second third with cinnamon remaining in the background. As the final third gets going a bit of sweetness mixes with the pepper and earth flavors. An even burning cigar, the Chuck also manages to hold w great ash. All in all, the Chuck is a good medium to medium-full cigar from Pete Johnson. Despite being exclusive to the Pudgy Monsters box, for me at least, the cigar by itself does not alone justify buying a box.
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 4″ x 50
Strength: medium bodied
Overall Rating: 8.8

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Tiff: The Tiff begins with notes of hay, nuts and oak with a bit of spice in the background. A nice white pepper occurs on the retrohale. A creaminess really begins to get going in the second third of the Tiff. Nuts, grass, hay, oak, cedar and leather all make an appearance during the creamy second third of the cigar. At the halfway point there is a sweet honey that pops in and joins hay, oak, nuts and creamy cappuccino through till the end. Like so many other Tatuaje cigars, the Tiff has a spectacular draw. It holds it’s ash extremely well. The Tiff is more of a morning or afternoon cigar.
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 4″ x 50
Strength: medium bodied
Overall Rating: 8.7

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Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of Tatuaje cigars the the Pudgy Monsters box is definitely worth the money. The Frank, Drac, Face and Jason alone make this a must have for those who love Pete Johnson’s Monster Series. The Chuck and Tiff are exclusive to the Pudgy Monster box, but despite being quite good they’re not as impressive as I would expect from a limited edition Tatuaje. Only 20,000 boxes of Pudgy Monsters are being released, so they won’t be around long. They make the perfect Halloween treat for the cigar enthusiast.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)