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In early October 2013, Tatuaje Cigars released the sixth cigar in a series that, to cigar lovers, has become synonymous with Halloween. Dubbed The Monster Series, each year since 2008 has brought a different cigar named and marketed after a different movie monster, both in the present day and the past.

The following is from Charlie Minato’s review of the Skinny Face.

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The Monster Series originally began as an annual release around Halloween where a cigar was based off a specific monster character from film or literature. The plan was 13 large and relatively strong cigars with both the packaging and cigars themselves inspired by a particular character. Now in year nine of the planned 13, it includes a partnership with S.T.Dupont for limited edition accessories to go along with each release and three separate samplers based off of the Monster Series concept.

Tatuaje Monster Series Sampler Boxes

In 2012, Tatuaje released the Little Monsters, which included smaller versions of the first five Monster Releases. The blends were the same, though the Little Monsters were all rolled in 2012 and the cigars shrunk. For example, the Baby Face was a 4 3/8 x 50 version of The Face, a 6 3/8 x 56.

The cigars did keep the same unique looks as their larger counterparts: Baby Face used a strip of tobacco instead of a band, Wolfie kept the brushed foot of The Wolf and the box-pressed original Monster Series cigars translated into box pressing the smaller versions.

Two years later, Tatuaje released the Pudgy Monsters. These cigars took the same length as the Little Monsters, but used the original ring gauge of the regular Monster Series, meaning the Tatuaje Face was 4 3/8 x 56. Once again, the unique traits of the original Monster Series cigars carried over into the Pudgy versions, a sampler that included the first six Monsters Series release as well as two each of new blends, Chuck and Tiff—cigars based off the characters from Don Mancini’s Child’s Play films, specifically Bride of Chucky.

Now, two years later, Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson has a new sampler of smaller Monster Series, this time, Skinny Monsters.

It’s a grand departure from the Little and Pudgy form, with the release largely based off the Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero. This time, every cigar in the sampler measures 6 x 38 and is round. The cigars feature a typical parejo shape, instead of a Torpedo for the Skinny versions of The Drac and The Wolfman.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters Box 1Tatuaje Skinny Monsters Box 2Tatuaje Skinny Monsters Box 3

A total of 10,000 samplers are being produced, containing one of each of the Skinny versions of the first eight Monster Series releases plus Chuck and Tiff. There are also plans to release 400 25-count dress boxes of each Skinny Monster. The dress box concept follows the regular Monster Series releases. Every Monster Series release has featured 666 boxes of 13—shaped like a coffin—that are specially decorated to mimic each release.

While the dress box Skinny Monsters do constitute special packaging, the boxes are based off of the Tatuaje Petite Lancero boxes, a vertical wooden box. In addition, these cigars will be sold at a later date—specifically the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in late July—as opposed to the regular Monster Series dress boxes, which are allocated largely to 13 different retailers each year with some other retailers receiving small quantities of one to three dress boxes.

In addition, Johnson has said that one of the Skinny Monsters may enter regular production.

With the Skinny Monsters, the Tatuaje Monster Series family now stands at 31 released cigars.

Tatuaje Monster Series Family

  • Tatuaje The Frank (7 5/8 x 49) — October 2008 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars (8,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Drac (6 3/4 x 52) — October 2009 — 1,300 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars (16,900 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Face (6 3/8 x 56) — October 2010 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 1,300 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (21,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Wolfman (7 1/2 x 52) — October 2011  666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 1,300 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (21,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Frank Jr. (5 5/8 x 44) — June 2012 — 10,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Lil’ Drac (5 x 48) — June 2012 — 10,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Baby Face (4 3/8 x 50) — June 2012 — 10,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Wolfie (5 1/2 x 48) — June 2012 — 10,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Mini Mum (5 3/4 x 42) — June 2012 — 10,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Mummy (7 3/4 x 47) — October 2012 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 3,100 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (39,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The JV13 (7 1/2 x 52) — October 2013 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 4,500 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (53,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Frank (5 5/8 x 49) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Drac (5 x 52) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Face (4 3/8 x 56) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Wolf (5 1/2 x 52) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Mummy (5 3/4 x 47) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Jason (5 1/2 x 52) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 1 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Chuck (4 x 50) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (40,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Tiff (4 x 50) — June 2014 — 20,000 Samplers of 2 Cigars (40,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Jekyll (7 x 49) — October 2014 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 4,500 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (53,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje The Hyde (7 x 49) — October 2015 — 666 Dress Boxes of 13 Cigars & 4,500 Plain Boxes of 10 Cigars (53,658 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Frank (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Drac (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Face (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Wolf (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Mummy (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Jason (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Jekyll (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Hyde (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Chuck (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Tatuaje Skinny Tiff (6 x 38) — April 2016 — 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)

The cigar for the 2013 release was The JV13, a 7 1/2 x 52 double corona named after the character of Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series. Blend-wise, the cigar is based loosely on the Fausto/Avion blend an features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper covering both a binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and rolled at My Father Cigars S.A.

Tatuaje Jason:JV-13 Vitolas

  • Tatuaje The JV13 (7 1/2 x 52) — 2013
  • Tatuaje Jason (5 1/2 x 52) — 2014
  • Tatuaje Skinny Jason (6 x 38) — 2016

Tatuaje Cigars owner Pete Johnson had this to say about the blend:

I use broadleaf a lot but this is probably one of my strongest blends to date. Strong without being unpleasant. The higher priming tobacco we use in the Fausto/Avion style blend along with a high priming Broadleaf gives it a nice punch but I believe it has balance. Jason needed to be strong…It is more like the Fausto/Avion internal blend with a twist. Completely different than any other Monster.

Tatuaje Skinny Jason 1

  • Cigar Reviewed: Tatuaje Skinny Jason
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 6 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 38
  • Vitola: Petit Lancero
  • MSRP: $8.50 (Samplers of 10, $85)
  • Release Date: April 15, 2016
  • Number of Cigars Released: 10,000 Samplers of 1 Cigar & 400 Boxes of 25 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

As with all of the Skinny Monsters, the Skinny Jason feels almost shockingly petite next to its bigger brothers, but is covered with the same dark espresso bean brown wrapper that is relatively smooth to the touch and features a noticeable amount of oil. There are a number of obvious veins running up and down the length, and the cigar has quite a bit of give when squeezed. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of manure, barnyard, earth, dark chocolate and oak, while the cold draw brings flavors of powdery cocoa nibs, earth, sweet oak and hay.

Starting out, the Tatuaje Skinny Jason features a very familiar combination of creamy oak and gritty earth, along with some vanilla sweetness that I associate with Connecticut broadleaf in general, followed by other flavors of dark and bitter chocolate, espresso beans, grass and creamy almonds. Construction-wise, both the burn and draw are excellent so far, with nary an issue between them, and the smoke production is well above average off of the foot. While the strength is noticeable, it is nowhere close to overwhelming, and ends the first third just a bit shy of the medium mark.

Tatuaje Skinny Jason 2

The second third of the Tatuaje Skinny Jason has quite a bit in common with the first third, including the same dominant gritty earth and oak flavors, along with other notes of powdery cocoa, hay, coffee, cinnamon and leather. I am picking up a bit more vanilla sweetness on the retrohale, along with some slight black pepper, but neither are strong enough at this point to really make much of an impact. The burn has started to waver a bit, forcing me to touch it up a couple of times to avoid it from getting out of control, but the draw remains excellent. The smoke production continues to be above average, and the strength takes some minor strides upward, hitting the medium mark right as the second third ends.

Tatuaje Skinny Jason 3

While the dominant flavors have morphed into more of a leather and earth combination during the second third of the Skinny Jason, the now-familiar flavors of dark chocolate, oak, almonds, hay and espresso beans continue to flit in and out. Both the vanilla bean sweetness and the black pepper have decreased compared to the second third, but the smoke production remains high. Thankfully, the burn has evened out nicely, and the draw continues to impress, while the overall strength hits a point just slightly above the medium mark by the time I put the nub down with less than an inch to go.

Tatuaje Skinny Jason 4

Final Notes

  • I decided to smoke both a Skinny Jason as well as a Pudgy Jason at the same time in order to compare the two, taking into account the obvious caveat that the Pudgy Jason is two-years-old. In terms of profile, both versions had the same dark chocolate, earth and oak notes, but the Pudgy Jason featured quite a bit more spice on the lounge as well as black pepper on the retrohale.
  • For what it worth, while I have not smoked a JV13 in a year or more, I remember the profile having quite a bit more sweetness than I picked up in the Skinny Jason.
  • In retrospect, typing Skinny Jason into Google was not the best choice.
  • The final smoking time for all three samples averaged one hour and 15 minutes.
  • Tatuaje Cigars is a sponsor of halfwheel.
  • The cigars smoked for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
  • If you would like to purchase any of the Tatuaje Skinny Monster boxes, site sponsors Atlantic Cigar Co., Cigar Hustler, Cigar.com, Corona Cigar, JR Cigar, Lone Star State Cigar Co. (972.424.7272) and STOGIES World Class Cigars (713.783.5100) all carry them.

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88 Overall Score

There is a tendency for people—myself included—to assume that a smaller ring gauge of a specific blend will have a greater chance of having a more complex profile, but at least for the Skinny Jason, that is just not the case. While the profile is quite enjoyable, it is fairly linear, with earth, dark chocolate and oak dominating the profile. Easily worth trying—especially if you are a fan of Connecticut broadleaf—but I personally enjoyed both The JV13 and Pudgy Jason more, and would not rush out and buy a box of just these if it was on the market.

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Brooks Whittington
About the author

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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