Cigar Reviews

Tatuaje – Mummy – Monster Series #5

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I wanted to get this review posted on Halloween, but I just hadn’t had the time. I got set back a bit with work, but I am back on schedule now kicking out this week’s review of the Tatuaje Mummy Monster Series #5.

Tatuaje Mummy

The Good Stuff: The Mummy is the 5th installment in Pete Johnson’s Monster Series. For those of you who live on another planet, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje has been releasing super-limited runs of Monster themed cigars each year on Halloween since 2008. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on each one to date and have thoroughly enjoyed them. The first was the Frank, followed by the dual released Boris and the Drac, Then the Face, the Wolfman, the mini-monsters, and now the Mummy. The blend starts out with a Nicaraguan Sun Frown Criollo stuffed with Nicaraguan Filler and Binder. Pete Johnson made mention that the blend is basically a cleaner version of the Black Label, but that the size will alter the flavor slightly. The Cigar runs $13 a stick and comes in painted dress boxes of 13, or plain boxes of 10. While I was in Phoenix a few weekends ago I picked a few of these up at Fox Cigar Bar. (Don’t worry, I’ll have a post up from the event soon.).

Size: 7.75 x 47
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Body: Full
Strength: Medium/Full
Price: $13
Pairing: Unibroue  Grande Reserve 17 (Belgian style strong dark ale, 10% abv)

Tatuaje Mummy

Prelight: The wrapper on the Mummy is a rough looking one. Again, I am a fan of rustic looking cigars as you can tell there hasn’t been much treatment done to them. The wrapper is very oily and toothy carrying lots of smaller veins and a messy, folded over foot. Once again, everything about this wrapper screams monster series. As you follow the thin, medium brown body up to the round triple cap you can see lots of areas around the veins where the wrapper is a much lighter shade of brown. The Tatuaje Mummy is polished off with the standard Tatuaje band, this time in white and gray keeping up with the mummy theme.

Tatuaje Mummy

The wrapper on the Mummy gives off a very sweet tobacco and cashew aroma while the foot of the cigar lets loose a crazy strong spice and tobacco smell. The cold draw on the Mummy produces a really organic tobacco, soft spice, and subtle pepper flavor.

Tatuaje Mummy

First Smoke: Once lit up the Mummy greeted me with a whole ton of up front spice. Not pepper, spice as in cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. There was a bit of pepper on the first few puffs, but not a whole ton. Just enough to tingle my lips a bit before fading off and leaving me with a nice sweet tobacco, cedar, spice and a neat black cherry after taste.  The draw on the Mummy is slightly tough, but not anything that one or two hard puffs doesn’t take care of. The burnline is razor sharp and dead solid leaving behind a flaky, white and dark grey ash. The ash only held on for about ¾ of an inch before giving way into my lap. I anticipated it this time as you can tell, I took the first picture early enough to catch it just before the first ash fell.

Tatuaje Mummy

Halfway There: An interesting spearmint flavor snuck into the cigar in the second third. I’m not sure if I was really picking it up or if I smelled something in the air cause just as soon as I noticed it, it was gone. The cashew I picked up in the prelight has started to show in the experience while the black cherry, spice and cedar as still rocking hard over the sweet tobacco. The retrohale produces a really smooth, sweet, and mellow cedar priming. The burnline is still spot on and I am feeling only a slight nicotine kick after the second third.

Tatuaje Mummy

Finish: As if I wasn’t already enjoying this Tatuaje Mummy, the final third of the experience really made the cigar shine. It started with similar flavors, black cherry, cedar, spice but then morphed into this really bold, pleasant, cashew and leather with this musky taste. I loved it. The cigar finished bold and smooth with no harshness at all. I smoked this cigar until I could no longer hold it in my hand. It took about an hour and a half and required no touch ups or relights. Despite feeling a bit of nicotine in the second third I felt absolutely nothing after I finished the cigar.

Tatuaje Mummy

Overview: As much as I enjoyed the mini mum, I have to say this format suits the cigar so much more. It’s the final third experience in which I didn’t see from the mummy in the smaller format. This is probably one of my favorite monster series to date. If I had to rank it I would put it in second place just slightly below the boris. The price point is a bit steep as is for all the full size monster series, but you get a lot of bang for you buck. I would highly recommend any one interested to pick these up while you still have a chance. There aren’t man left!

Tatuaje Mummy

Pairing: I picked a winner with this pairing. Unibroue’s Grande Reserve 17 is a 10% abv Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed by the Unibroue brewery in Quebec, Canada. Unibroue, in my opinion, is one of the few non-Belgian brewery who have successfully nailed down the Belgian style of brewing. This limited edition brew is only brewed once, then oak aged and bottle fermented producing a bold, yet smooth experience. This beer carries lots of spice, clove, ginger, cinnamon over a malty and sweet palate. That being said it’s obvious that the beer and it’s flavors were a match made in heaven (or hell?) for this year’s Monster Series, the Mummy.

Tatuaje Mummy - Unibroue Grande Reserve 17

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

12 Comments

  1. czerbe

    November 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What up Tony!!! Great review I have heard great things about the Mummy so far, 2nd best out of the series is what I’m hearing. I saw they had a couple boxes at the new CI super store I went to on Saturday but at $13 a stick they are a bit out of my range so I passed. They look like a great stick. Love the photos

    • Tony Casas

      November 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Yeah it’s a lot of coin to drop, but believe me man, it’s very worth it.

  2. SeanD

    November 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of these at my local B&M last weekend. Still haven’t gotten the chance to try them yet, but really excited after seeing all the positve reviews. But that brew looks damn tasty. Unibroue makes some great beers. Even their vintage ale they make for Traders Joes is pretty damn good.

    • Gene

      November 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Sean
      When I was recently at my local Trader Joe’s, the floor manager and I got into a discussion over our mutual LOVE of beer. He told me to be on the outlook for a limited brew they come out with around the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. Check it out.
      Gene

    • Tony Casas

      November 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Don’t tell Daniel but Unibroue is one of the very few Canadian brews that I ever both picking it up. They do Belgian style ales REALLY well. This one was probably my favorite that I have had by them with the exception of the Terrible.

  3. Gene

    November 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Recently spent an awesome Halloween in the yard cleaning up after FrankenStorm. The Mummy will stand out as one of the Best sticks I’ve had the opportunity to smoke, of course the pairing along with one of my favorite single malts wasn’t too shabby either! Sorry I didn’t purchase two boxes. No way am I in the same league as you Tony, as far as photographic skills or pairing. I did have you as inpsiration to aspire to. What focal length lens do you use? I uploaded my pic to the Tatuaje Facebook site, however, I failed to give homage to you. ( didn’t know if you would disapprove )

    • Tony Casas

      November 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Aww I missed the pic! Link me to it?

      Thanks for the read and the Kind words Gene. I hope all is well. I really enjoyed this cigar. I am a big fan of the black label though, so this was an easy call for me. As far as my photography “skills”, I just have fun with it and enjoy it. I’m not very good, I just get lucky from time to time. 99% of my shots are done with prime lenses. Since there isn’t a lot of action I spring for those. 90% of the shots are done with a 35mm 1.8 but every so often I use a 50mm 1.8. Both good little lenses. Some of the early reviews I used a 18-200mm 3.5 but I didn’t like the depth of field on there.

      • Gene

        November 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

        Hi Tony

        I’d be glad to send it to you ( but remember ” I’m not worthy ! ‘ ) how do i do it? I used a Nikon 18-55 zoom. In regard to Mummy’s # 5 Ther’re not out there, and if you do find them price point is as high as $35.00. Perhaps after Halfwheel deemed them with a 94 rating ? I took a look at the Black Labels which are available. Do they have a similar profile or make up ? Thanks again, I’m always looking to your reviews. Keep it up. I forgot to mention a shout to your fellow Texans. A bunch of fanatstic longhorns showed up at our food pantry ( at their own expense ) to help with Sandy victims.
        Gene

        • Tony Casas

          November 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

          haha I’m not worthy either my friend. you can email me at “[email protected]”. There are still a few Mummys in stock in select stores, just not many. As is with every monster release, they sell out within a month. The blacks makeup are almost identical to this one. I just like the flavors you get from the wrapper in the smaller rg.

  4. Gene

    November 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Tony

    Just sent an email w/photo attachment. Just noticed your short bio blip at the top, haha.
    would you agree a strong resemblance with Garfield that ” Sleeping and eating hold a strong facination with me .” ( my oldest son’s favorite cartoon as a kid, I enjoyed watching with as well)
    G.

  5. jjo

    November 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that photo #3 belongs in an X-rated mag, or do I just need to get my head out of the gutter?

    Great review, man, but this one is unfortunately a bit out of my financial wheelhouse.

    Regretfully, Unibroue doesn’t do Daniel’s moose sweat brews very well, but their Belgians are pretty awesome. Just kidding, Daniel, I know you hate the green bottled crap as much as I do.

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