Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess “pre-review” cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess the Tatuaje Lil’ Drac from the original 2012 Tatuaje Little Monsters series. This was a cigar was assessed back in June, 2012.


Tatuaje Lil’ Drac

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Lil’ Drac: 5 x 48

Each year since 2008, Tatuaje has had an annual release known as the Tatuaje Monsters Series. This is an annual limited edition release that has been a tribute to a character in a monster / horror movie.  These cigars have typically been longer cigars and have been “one and done” releases.  In 2012, Tatuaje released their Little Monsters sampler pack.  This sampler consisted of smaller vitolas of the Monsters Series releases. Lil’ Drac is a smaller version of its Monsters Series counterpart, the Tatuaje Drac.  This past week, Tatuaje released a third vitola called the Pudgy Monsters Drac which is the length of the Lil’ Drac and ring gauge of the original Drac.

The Lil’ Drac delivered a little more in the way of complexity this time around.  I found this cigar to have a combination of chocolate sweetness and black pepper early on.  The chocolate sweetness transitioned to more of a licorice sweetness by the end of the first third.  Toward the last third, I found notes of earth and grass displaced much of the sweetness.  I found this cigar to have a little more in strength and body than I remember – delivering a medium to full strength, medium to full-bodied smoke.

Overall,  like many of the Little Monsters, I found this experience of the Lil’ Drac to have improved with age.


Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Good
Assessment: 3.5 Box Split
Score: 91 (June 13 Score – 90)


Original Review: Tatuaje Lil’ Drac (Part of the Little Monsters Series)
News: Tatuaje 2012: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012, Monster Series 2012 (Little Monsters Series, Mummy), My Father La Duena
Price: $7.50 (Sold as a part of the $75.00 Little Monster Sampler)
Source: Purchased
Stogie Geeks Podcast: Episode 23 – “Attack Of The Little Monsters”
Stogie Feed: Tatuaje Lil’ Drac