Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank. This is a cigar blend previously assessed in several sizes most recently back in November 2016 in the Skinny Monsters format.

Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
Monster Mash Frank: 6 1/8 x 49

In 2021, Tatuaje Cigars would unveil the Tatuaje Monster Mash sampler. From 2008 to 2018, Tatuaje would pay homage to a classic or contemporary horror film character with a unique blend that would be released for Halloween. Ever since the 2008 release of “The Frank” (based on Frankenstein), these releases would set off a frenzy. In addition to the annual Halloween releases, there have been various samplers released containing different sizes of the various Monsters blends. In the case of the Monster Mash, this would be the seventh sampler released. The Monster Mash cigars would be the same ring gauge as the Halloween released “monster”, but the difference is each Monster Mash cigar was 1 1/2 inches shorter than the Halloween release. Today we take a look at the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank release.

Tatuaje Monster Mash

The chart below shows the complete history of the Tatuaje Monsters series and what is offered in one sampler. Note the Tatuaje Monster Mash includes a new “monster” known as “The Creature.” It does not have a corresponding Halloween character and at press time is exclusive to the Monster Mash series.

Character/Collection Full Monsters
(The +) -Annual
Little Monsters

Pudgy Monsters Skinny Monsters Skinny Monsters
Skinny Monsters
MBS Monster Mash
Frankenstein (2008) Frank (*) Frank Jr. Frank Frank Frank Frank Frank
Dracula (2009) Drac Lil’ Drac Drac Drac Drac Drac Drac
Leather Face (2010) Face Baby Face Face Face Face Face Face
The Wolfman (2011) Wolfman Wolfie Wolf Wolf Wolf Wolf Wolf
The Mummy (2012) Mummy Mini Mum Mummy Mummy Mummy Mummy Mummy
Jason Voorhees (2013) JV13 Jason Jason Jason Jason Jason
Dr. Jekyll (2014) Jekyll Jekyll Jekyll Jekyll Jekyll
Mr. Hyde (2015) Hyde Hyde Hyde Hyde Hyde
Freddy Krueger (2016) Krueger FK Krueger
Chuck (2019) Chuck Chuck Chuck Chuck Chuck Chuck
Tiff (2019) Tiff Tiff Tiff Tiff Tiff Tiff
Michael Myers (2017) Michael Michael
“The Bride” (2018) Bride Bride
“The Creature (from the Black Lagoon)”  (2021) Creature
  • Re-released as Redux in 2021

Tatuaje Monster Mash - Open Box

The Monster Mash Frank uses the same tobacco components as the original Tatuaje The Frank blend. This consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over all Nicaraguan fillers. Like the original Frank, the Monster Mash Frank is a box-pressed vitola, but it is shorter at 6 1/8 x 49.

The Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank opened up with notes of cocoa powder, espresso, wood, and cedar. Early on the espresso and cocoa notes were primary. Sometimes these notes “fuse” into a mocha, but in this case, the notes were separate and distinct. On the retro-hale was a combination of cocoa and pepper. The wood and cedar settled in the background and by the end of the first third, notes of black pepper emerged in the background. The black pepper notes became the most prominent secondary note. During the second third, the espresso remained in the forefront. The cocoa diminished into the background and some earth notes surfaced. As the Monster Mash Frank entered the final third, the espresso remained primary with the pepper the most prominent secondary note. This was rounded out by earth, wood, cedar, and cocoa notes.

Throughout the smoking experience of the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank, the flavors were medium to full-bodied countered by medium to full strength. The burn was low maintenance requiring minimal touch-ups while the draw had a touch of resistance – which is something I enjoy.



Final Thoughts

One thing I discovered when I smoked the Skinny Lancero size of the Tatuaje Frank is that this cigar simply performs better in a box press. The Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank is a return to the box-pressed format – and it’s one that was welcomed by this reviewer. The Frank blend is one that delivers a wonderful Connecticut Broadleaf experience – and it’s a great way to kick off the Monster Mash series. Coming in at 91 points, it earns the Cigar Coop Standard of Excellence designation. At press time, the only way to get this is with a sampler and that will cost you $150.00. Since there is only one Monster Mash Frank in the sampler, if you want this cigar I’d recommend you try one first if you can to decide if a sampler purchase is worthwhile to you.


Key Flavors: Espresso, Earth, Cocoa Powder, Cedar, Wood, Pepper
Burn: Excellent
Draw: Excellent
Complexity: Medium
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good


Value: Try a Sample
Score: 91
Cigar Coop Standard of Excellence


Previous Review: Tatuaje Skinny Frank
News: Tatuaje Monster Mash Introduced at 2021 PCA
Price: $150.00 for sampler that includes 14 different Monster Mash cigars (which includes one Monster Mash Frank)
Source: Purchased
Brand Reference: Tatuaje

Photo Credits: Cigar Coop