Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Neal (ntanner)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member Byron (Beegerply).  The cigar provided for this round is the Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux.

Tatuaje's The Face became recognizable for using a jaggedly cut piece of Ecuadorian Connecticut tobacco to serve as the band, a nod to the movie monster Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, who was known for wearing a mask made of a person's skin. Like its Monster Series predecessors, The Frank and The Drac, it came in boxes designed to look like coffins, complete with red paint splattered on them to mimic the look of blood. Tatuaje produced 5,000 boxes of 13 The Face Redux 3 — a total of 65,000 cigars — of those 5,000 boxes, 700 are individually numbered, while the other 4,300 are not.

Tatuaje Monster Series The Face Redux

Monster Series The Face Redux
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Country of Origin:
Toro Gordo
This cigar was enjoyed with Coffee

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper appears dry and is pretty smooth with 2 minor vein lines. The wrapper gives off a nice tobacco aroma.  The cap is well done and takes a cut very well.  The cannon is firm and the closed foot and nippled cap provide some points of interest.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

It was a little challenging to get an even toast with the closed foot but patience and persistence paid off. The burn was exceptionally good,  slow and cool and holding a good burn line from start to finish.

Ash is solid and almost white with black flecks and holds to almost 2 inches before dropping. Smoke production is on the high end, producing large volumes with each puff.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The draw is very good allowing the acquisition of large volumes of smoke with each puff.

The wrapper is a nice looking leaf with a couple minor vein lines and a relatively smooth feel to it.  It appears dry and has a nice reddish brown color to it.

The cap is unique in its appearance with a nipple like look to it. No pig tail, just a round little bump. It did make it easier to line up the cut though.

Flavor and Aroma: 39 Points of 45 Possible

Initially I am getting wood and an earthy tobacco with a good deal of spice in the retro. As it settles in I begin to notice a sweet hint in the finish.

The second third mellows some giving a little less of a spicy kick and a little sweeter finish but the main flavors of tobacco and wood continues on. The balance is good and smoke production is hi. What more could one ask for?

The last third is a continuation of the first two thirds. Tobacco and wood but with a slight char note on the finish with the sweet hint.  Still well balanced and quite enjoyable.


First off, a big thanks to Adam for sponsoring this one. This was a good, solid, no frills smoke with a nice earthy tobacco profile and a good balance. Not complex but a nice earthy profile from start to finish and a good way to spend an hour and a half.

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