Tatuaje “The Drac”

Tatuaje “The Drac”

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $14 each
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Plenty has been said already about the Tatuaje Drac and the rest of the monster series. I have talked about them at length in my posts on The Frank and Boris. I’ll just do a quick summary here. The Drac is the second in a limited edition series of cigars by Tatuaje that is release around Halloween every year. They are extremely limited and highly sought after making for an extremely hard to find cigar. Last year I was lucky enough to get a whole box of The Frank. This year I wasn’t so lucky but I did manage to get my hands on two of The Drac cigars.

The Drac is a large Torpedo that comes in a shiny black lacquered, coffin-shaped box. The torpedo shape imparts a fang like or stake like image either of which is appropriate for a cigar named after the world's most famous vampire. It has a black and red band at the foot and is stored in its coffin upside down with the foot of the cigar at the top of the coffin just as Dracula was reported to sleep in his coffin upside down.

The Drac delivers pleasant medium bodied flavors of wood, earth, and leather with subtle sweetness on the finish. The draw was excellent, but the burn on my first sample was not good at all. It required constant attention continually becoming uneven. The ash was very flaky and did not hold well at all. The cigar also went out on me twice during the last half of the smoke and it wasn’t due to inattention as I was trying very hard to keep the thing burning right and lit. These kinds of construction issues are not at all typical of Tatuaje cigars and based on what I have read about The Drac, they really aren’t at all typical of this smoke either. I think maybe I just got a bum stick or maybe I didn’t give it enough time in the humidor to settle in.

I have one more Drac and I am going to give it some significant time to rest in my humidor before I revisit this cigar. Flavor wise it was a very good and very enjoyable smoke if not as complex as most other Tatuajes, but the burn issues really detracted from my enjoyment of it. Whenever I have a cigar that performs this way I chalk it up to a likely fluke and I make plans to revisit the cigar in the future. That is exactly what I plan to do with The Drac.

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One Comment on “Tatuaje “The Drac””

  1. My Review of Tatuaje the Drac

    As I hold this cigar, I get an ominous feeling that this cigar is going to have a lot of bite!

    Its dark Habano wrapper is very nice looking and smooth to the touch, not much tooth on the wrapper.

    Tatuaje the Drac

    As I light the cigar, I expect to get a kick of Pepin pepper and spice, but I get a smooth earthiness mixed with leather and tobacco notes.

    There is a bit of white pepper in the exhale, but this is definitely smoother than I thought it was going to be.

    As I smoke further I begin to get an idea of what this blend is all about. Like the vampire, it lures you in to its lair, and then “Bam!” The flavors really begin to pick up. A little more spiciness, some cayenne mixed with cinnamon, with a nice cocoa aftertaste on the finish.

    What is especially strong is the aroma, very peppery and meaty, the burn is almost dead even, and I only need to touch it up once to get to the finally few inches.

    The last third comes not out of Transylvania, but Hershey, PA. Milk and dark chocolate fleet in and out as the intensity of the flavors build to a diabolical crescendo.

    I liked this cigar, but compared to the Boris, it still fell short for me. There was really nothing specific to complain about, just a preference to the Boris over the Drac. That said, the Drac was still a very good cigar overall.

    Rating: 89 (B+)

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