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It’s a bit challenging to remember now, but the Tatuaje The Drac was a big deal. It’s the most infamous release in the history of Tatuaje, a cigar plagued by packaging issues, literally. The Drac was placed inside boxes that were painted on the inside, which led to the cigars being infected with paint smells.

While most didn’t have the same opportunity that Brooks did, i.e. smoking The Drac before it went into the boxes, many have had the chance to taste The Drac blend as Tatuaje has released the Little Monsters, Pudgy Monsters and more recently, Skinny Monsters.

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As the name implies, the Little Monsters were smaller versions of the first five Monster Series blends. The Pudgy Monsters took the lengths of the Little Monsters and combined them with the ring gauges used for the original Monster Series.

As such, the Tatuaje Drac was a 5 x 52 robusto. Here’s what I said about the cigar when I first reviewed in July 2014:

The Drac, little the, is not magical, but it is very good. Its size is like a good book, ending leaving me wanting a bit more. But it isn’t without its flaws, construction that ranges from tricky to somewhat declining, but the cigars managed to stay lit—with the assistance of a lighter—until the end, albeit, varying points of end. Does it live up to my hopes and dreams of The Drac? No. Would I be opposed to seeing this on shelves on a regular basis? Absolutely not.

  • Cigar Reviewed: Tatuaje Drac
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 5 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Vitola: Petit Belicoso
  • MSRP: $9.50 (Boxes of 10, $95.00)
  • Release Date: June 18, 2014
  • Number of Cigars Released: 20,000 Boxes of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1

Things look pretty familiar. As for the smell, it’s not entirely familiar. There’s barnyard, leather and somewhat of a grilled salmon skin, though it’s a secondary note. From the foot I get cocoa powder, some acidity and a complete lack of pepper. As for the cold draw, it continues the sweet cocoa trend, similar to Reese’s Puffs, pistachios and some mild habanero down the throat.

The Drac begins with cedar, toastiness and surprisingly no real cocoa or pepper. As the first third develops, there’s earthiness, mild cocoa and water chestnuts. A pepper, more black pepper than white pepper, develops towards the back while the finish has a lot of vanilla bean. In the second third, the cigar turns even more earthier, now joined by peanut butter and some coffee and saltiness on the finish. That trend continues into the final third of the Tatuaje with the earthiness, cedar, cocoa, coffee and peanut butter all together in a complicated mixture.

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Construction-wise, the Drac was a struggle. The draw was tough, although workable, and the burn needed a couple corrections. It’s a cigar that was good enough that I wouldn’t have thrown it out if I was just smoking the cigar for pleasure, though it certainly wasn’t the most pleasurable experience.

83 Overall Score

There are a variety of reasons why I place cigars in my redux box at the office. Sometimes it’s because I think the cigar needs more time for either flavor or construction reasons, sometimes it’s because I wonder if the three cigars I smoked for the review were the exception to the rule and sometimes it’s because we ordered some extra cigars. Judging by my review of the Tatuaje Drac, it’s because I thought it could improve—and it didn’t. Despite a few cuts, the draw was never great, the burn wasn’t much better and the flavor—well pleasant—was just sort of boring. 

Original Score (July 2014)
89
Redux Score (September 2016)
83

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Charlie Minato
About the author

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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