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 Jason. This is a cigar blend previously assessed in several sizes most recently back in September 2016 in the Skinny Monsters format.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: My Father Cigars SA
Monster Mash Jason: 6 x 52
The Tatuaje Monster Mash Jason is a cigar based on the sixth installment of Tatuaje’s Monster Series, the Tatuaje – The JV13 blend. JV and Jason represent the character of Jason Voorhees, the main character from the Friday the 13th movie. The Monster Series by Tatauje is an annual series that pays homage to horror film characters with unique blends. Typically Tatuaje has released each installment just before Halloween. Over the years, Tatuaje has also released many offshoot samplers of the series, each containing a different theme. The Monster Mash is actually the seventh sampler that was introduced into the series. It contains one of the 13 blends in the Tatuaje Monsters Series (plus an additional unreleased blend known as The Creature). The Monster Mash cigars would be the same ring gauge as the Halloween released “monster,” but each Monster Mash cigar was 1 1/2 inches shorter than the Halloween release. Today we take a closer look at the Tatuaje Monster Mash Jason.
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.
(The +) -Annual
||Pudgy Monsters||Skinny Monsters||Skinny Monsters
|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|
|Michael Myers (2017)||Michael||Michael|
|“The Bride” (2018)||Bride||Bride|
|“The Creature (from the Black Lagoon)” (2021)||Creature|
- Re-released as Redux in 2021
The Monster Mash Jason uses the same tobacco components as the original Tatuaje The JV13 blend. When the JV13 was released it was the second of the Monsters Series blends to utilize a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The Jason also uses the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and also has an all-Nicaraguan binder and filler. This consists of a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper over all-Nicaraguan fillers. With the Monster Mash cigars being 1 1/2 inches shorter than the original Monsters releases, the Monster Mash Jason comes in at a classic 6 x 52 Toro size.
The Monster Mash Jason started out with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, mixed pepper, and cedar. There also was some maduro sweetness that I describe as a cross between dried fruit and natural tobacco. The retro-hale produced an additional layer of pepper. The earth and coffee notes emerged as the primary note, and toward the end of the first third, the earth notes emerged as the sole primary note. During the second third, there were times the pepper, cedar, and chocolate popped into the forefront as a primary note. The earth remained primary in the final third, but there was a slight bit of harshness that emerged on the flavor profile as a whole.
The flavors produced by the Monster Mash Jason were medium to full-bodied and this was countered by medium to full strength. The Monster Mash Jason delivered a low-maintenance burn that required minimal touch-ups. The draw had a sweet spot with just a touch of resistance.
My experiences with the JV13/Jason blend have been hit or miss. I really enjoyed the Pudgy Jason, but the JV13 and Skinny Jason were a little more underwhelming for me. With the Monster Mash Jason, it falls somewhere in the middle/average range. For the first two-thirds, I enjoyed this cigar. The last third wasn’t quite as pleasant. In the end, this cigar still scores a very respectable 89. Because this comes only in a $150.00 sampler, it’s still a “Try a Sample” for me – even though the pluses far outweigh the minuses here.
Key Flavors: Earth, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Cedar, “Maduro Sweetness” (Dried Fruit/Natural Tobacco), Mixed Pepper
Complexity: Medium Plus
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Medium to Full
Finish: Very Good
Value: Try a Sample
Previous Review: Tatuaje Skinny Jason
News: Tatuaje Monster Mash Introduced at 2021 PCA
Price: $150.00 for a sampler that includes 14 different Monster Mash cigars (which includes one Monster Mash Jason)
Brand Reference: Tatuaje
Photo Credits: Cigar Coop