Every October since 2008, Tatuaje has released a cigar in their Tatuaje Monster Series. It started with The Frank in 2008 and continues this year with The Hyde. With the exception of the second release (The Drac, 1,300 Dress Boxes) each release includes 666 Dress Boxes of 13 cigars available at . Also released at the same time are plain wood boxes. This year there will be 4,500 boxes of 10 with a MSRP of $13.00.
The Hyde is a 7 x 49 Churchill which features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with both binder and filler from Nicaragua.
The Sumatra wrapper was a slightly rustic medium dark brown specimen with an ashy finish. It is firmly rolled with an aroma of sweet tobacco and the musty damp book smell often associated with Davidoff cigars. Upon sticking my tongue on the head, I am met with a healthy dose of red pepper on the tongue.
When I first lit this cigar I was not surprised. This was a Pete Johnson Tatuaje. I would expect nothing less than a paper blast. I was not disappointed. My head was immediately warmed to the point of perspiration. On the retrohale I was met with mix of pepper, chocolate, coffee, cocoa and some type of vegetal.
After about 20 minutes, the pepper dies down and the vegetal and chocolate flavors increase for a mouthful a smokey goodness. It transitions to a drier finish, with notes of espresso and pepper on the retrohale. This cigar is a slow burner. After smoking for about an hour, It had only it through two inches.
The smoke doesn’t fill the room and at times it appears that it has been extinguished. Be rest assured, it is not out.
The Hyde slowly chugs along burning slowly and continues to be a well balanced cigar. The complexity continues to surprise me as I pick up hints of leather, mint, cedar and mixed berries.
Final Smoking Time 2 hours and 25 minutes