When Tatuaje – The Bride was released in 2018, it became the 13th blend released in the Monsters Series. At that time Pete Johnson pretty much had said 13 blends would be the limit. Of the 13 blends, 11 of the 13 had been released in the full-sized Monster format for Halloween. The two that had not been released in a full-size were the Chuck and Tiff blends. That would change in 2019 when Johnson would release both blends in the full size just in time for Halloween. Today, we take a look at one of those full-sized Monster Blends – Tatuaje The Tiff.
Tatuaje Monsters was created by Tatuaje founder Pete Johnson as a tribute to monster and horror movies. Each October (around Halloween) since 2008, a new character has been released. These have typically been longer cigars, but there have been several offshoots including Little Monsters (Shorter and thinner versions of the original Monsters), Pudgy Monsters (shorter version of the original Monsters), Skinny Monsters (Petite Lancero), Skinny Monsters Cazadores, and Skinny Monsters Lancero.
Some are classic horror film characters and others have been more contemporary characters. Chuck and Tiff were first released in 2014 as a part of the Pudgy Monsters Series. Chuck and Tiff were characters from the “Child’s Play” films. The Chuck and Tiff were designated as Monsters #11 and #12 respectively.
The grid below maps each monster/horror film character blend to the cigar that was released in each of the Monster Series collections. A blank indicates the blend was not released in that collection. The Little Monsters, Pudgy Monsters, Skinny Monsters, Skinny Monsters Cazadores, and Skinny Monsters Lancero were released in samplers. The Skinny Monsters releases were also made available in individual 25-count boxes.
(The +) -Annual
||Pudgy Monsters||Skinny Monsters||Skinny Monsters
|Frankenstein (2008)||Frank||Frank Jr.||Frank||Frank||Frank||Frank|
|Dracula (2009)||Drac||Lil’ Drac||Drac||Drac||Drac||Drac|
|Leather Face (2010)||Face||Baby Face||Face||Face||Face||Face|
|The Wolfman (2011)||Wolfman||Wolfie||Wolf||Wolf||Wolf||Wolf|
|The Mummy (2012)||Mummy||Mini Mum||Mummy||Mummy||Mummy||Mummy|
|Jason Voorhees (2013)||JV13||Jason||Jason||Jason||Jason|
|Dr. Jekyll (2014)||Jekyll||Jekyll||Jekyll||Jekyll|
|Mr. Hyde (2015)||Hyde||Hyde||Hyde||Hyde|
|Freddy Krueger (2016)||Krueger|
|Michael Myers (2017)||Michael|
|“The Bride” (2018)||Bride|
Blend and Origin
Of the thirteen blends of the Tatuaje Monsters Series and its offshoots, the Tiff blend is the only one to use an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. The remainder of the blend consists of all Nicaraguan characters.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Country Of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigars SA
There are five sizes that have been done for the Tiff blend. In regards to Tatuaje – The Tiff was available in 13-count dress boxes or 10-count non-dress (cedar boxes).
The dress boxes to the Chuck and Tiff are designed to interlock together.
The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper of The Tiff had a light brown color. The wrapper itself had a slightly weathered look to it. There also was a light coat of oil on it. There were some visible veins and some visible wrapper seams. The surface of the wrapper was slightly bumpy.
The band of The Bride is similar in design to the other bands in the Tatuaje Monsters Series. The band has an off-white background with black font that features the text “Tatuaje” in cursive font. The left side of the band features the text “HALLOWEEN” while the right side features “MONSTER.” There is one black pinstripe above the text and one below the text. There is a black Tatuaje “tattoo” logo on the far of the band.
Prior to lighting up Tatuaje – The Tiff, a straight cut was used to commence the cigar experience. Once the cap of The Tiff was removed, it was on to the pre-light draw experience. The dry draw delivered notes of cedar, cream, and a slight berry note. This was a satisfactory pre-light draw. At this point, it was time to light up The Tiff and see what the smoking experience would have in store.
The start of The Tiff kicked off with a mix of cream, cedar, classic wood, and citrus. As the cigar experience progressed through the first third the cream notes took a slight edge with the other notes becoming secondary notes. Meanwhile, there was an additional layer of cedar on the retro-hale.
At the start of the second third, the cream notes were still primary, but it was during this stage they started to decrease. Meanwhile, there was an increase in the wood and cedar notes. Simultaneously some white pepper notes also surfaced in the background. Shortly before the midway point, the wood and cedar notes displaced the cream notes as the primary note. There was still some citrus in the background and at times it exhibited an acidic quality. Toward the end of the second third, the cream notes dissipated.
The final third did not see much change. The wood and cedar notes remained primary. These notes were rounded out by the white pepper and citrus in the background. This is the way The Tiff came to a close. The resulting nub was slightly soft to the touch and cool in temperature.
While there was a slight amount of curvature on the burn line, The Tiff maintained a straight burn path from start to finish. The resulting ash was on the firm side. This was an ash that was on the firmer side. As for the burn rate and burn temperature, both were ideal.
The draw of The Tiff performed very well. This was a draw that struck a nice balance of openness and resistance. In the end, this was a cigar that was low maintenance to derive flavor from.
Strength and Body
The Tiff is a cigar that started out mild to medium in strength. By the last third, the strength level progressed into medium territory. The body of The Tiff started out medium and increased in intensity. By the end of the smoking experience, the body remained in the medium range.
In terms of strength versus body, the body maintained a slight edge throughout the smoking experience.
The Tiff has been an interesting blend for me. It is a blend that I really liked in the Pudgy Monsters size, but the other sizes haven’t quite stacked up to the Pudgy. For the most part, Tatuaje the Tiff delivered a straight forward Connecticut Shade smoking experience. I liked how it started out with creaminess, but toward the middle, it demonstrated some acidic qualities that impacted my smoking experience. This wasn’t a bad cigar, but in the end, I’d much prefer to smoke this in the 4 x 50 Pudgy size if it were still around. The Tiff is a cigar I’d recommend you try a sample of before deciding what your purchasing pattern will be.
Key Flavors: Cream, Cedar, Classic Wood, Citrus, Pepper
Strength: Mild to Medium (1st 2/3), Medium (Last Third)
Value: Try a Sample
News: Full Sized Tatuaje Chuck and Tiff Unveiled at 2019 IPCPR
Brand Reference: Tatuaje
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop