Tatuaje Monster "The Michael" #10 2017 Dress Box

Tatuaje Monster "The Michael" #10 2017 Dress Box


No Longer available on the cigar market, The Michael dress box is a rare find and we only have one left in stock!

If you’ve been a cigar shop in the last ten years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Monster Series, or one of its associated spin-offs.

It all began in 2008 with a 7 5/8 x 49 box-pressed parejo called The Frank. It was packaged in in a 13-count box designed to look like a coffin with red paint speckled all over the outside to mimic blood. The cigar was named after Frankenstein and the 13 was intentional. It was a box of 13; 13 retailers received 31 boxes; the cigars were priced at $13. And there were only 666 boxes.

The Michael, named after the Michael Myers character from John Carpenter’s Halloween series. It sports a royal blue band while the dress boxes leave little to the imagination in terms of what inspired it.

The cigar itself is a 6 1/2 x 52 toro extra with a triple cap and clean foot. It uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Visually, the Tatuaje The Michael is quite appealing with a mottled milk chocolate brown wrapper that has a reddish tint to it and features a touch of oil. Aroma from the wrapper is a combination of sawdust, creamy nuts, manure, leather, chocolate and sweet oak, while the cold draw brings flavors of strong almonds, bitter cocoa powder, sweet oak, cream, leather and gritty earth along with a touch of spice on my tongue.

Starting out, The Michael brings immediate and distinct flavors of creamy oak, baker’s spices, leather, cinnamon, bitter espresso and fairly strong honey sweetness on the retrohale, although none of them are strong enough compared to the others to really be considered dominant. The draw is excellent right out of the gate after a v-cut and Smoke production is copious, but unfortunately the burn has to be touched up a couple of times to avoid it getting out of hand. Strength-wise, The Michael begins fairly light, but quickly ramps up to a point close to the medium mark by the time the first third draws to a close.

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