17 Jul 2014
Tatuaje recently shipped it’s Pudgy Monster sampler, a follow-up to it’s Little Monster sampler, which was comprised of smaller versions the Monsters Series Halloween cigars.
The $95 Pudgy Monster sampler features 10 cigars, six being smaller versions of the prior Monsters, with the remaining four cigars comprised of two each of two new blends. The two new cigars are both based on the Child’s Play villains: “Chuck,” after the main character Chucky; and “Tiff,” after his bride, Tiffany.
Tiff has a golden Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. (Sounds similar to another Tatuaje blend… more on that below.) It’s a petit robusto size at four inches long with a ring gauge of 50.
The cigar has a smooth, complex, mild- to medium-bodied profile. It’s dominated by sweet creaminess, along with roasted nut and woodiness, and hints of paper, graham, and spice.
There have been some questions about just how different, if at all, Tiff is from the standard Cabaiguan blend (which also has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper around Nicarauan binder and fillers). Tatuaje owner and blender Pete Johnson said Tiff is “blended fairly stronger” than Cabaiguan, and I’d certainly agree, though the profile is very similar.
Over the course of smoking three samples for this review, I also smoked a couple Cabaiguans, and the difference is clear. Is it stronger than the Cabiguan WCD 120 (which is known to be a ramped-up Cabaiguan blend)? Maybe, although I sadly don’t have any samples to compare it too.
Exactly where it ranks strength-wise in the Cabaiguan-esque blends is up for debate, but I don’t think there’s much debate about Tiff being a fantastic cigar. It’s everything I look for in a Connecticut smoke—subtle, smooth, complex—and it earns four and a half stogies out of five.
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