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This week we have looked deeper into the coolidor and selected a cigar through which we can celebrate another Fall and upcoming halloween. The lucky specimen is Tatuaje ‘Boris’, a spin-off ‘Actor Series’ project to extremely successful ‘Monster Series’ project. The ‘Boris’ is named after William Henry Pratt aka. Boris Karloff (Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein).

I have smoked ~5 samples prior to opening this box so I knew exactly what I was up against this time. Visually, Tatuaje ‘Boris’ was not the prettiest kid on the block. When I smoked my first sample, I laughed and wondered “Did someone forgot to cover the binder with a silky wrapper ?” The cigar was sporting an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that was extremely dry and even ‘ashy’ in few spots. One could easily spot more than one color shade. Unlike many cigars reviewed on this blog, ‘Boris’ had visible veins and seams. Without knowing the concept of ‘Monster / Actor’ series, one could be disappointed with the visual presentation but since this was done intentionally, kudos to Pete Johnson for creativity and execution. After clipping and lighting, perfect free-flowing draw with much appreciated amount of smoke. In flavor department, this is were a lot of folks will scream MINT !!! I concur and did enjoy the hints of peppermint that I have yet to find in any other cigar. There was an abundance of woody & cedary flavors with tiny hints of spice and sweetness. Delicious combination. Burn was nearly razor sharp and ash was top notch. Light gray and falling ~2″ chunks.

Tatuaje ‘Boris’ is definitely a unique cigar and I wouldn’t agree with a “typical Pepin / MyFather cigar” comment. Despite the look and the size, this was a clean and fairly quick smoke, respectively. For some strange reason, in flavor department (* minus peppermint), it reminded me of a Liga ‘A’ by Drew Estate. Hmmm. I have smoked Tatuaje ‘Frank’, ‘Drac’, ‘Face‘ and I’m still torn between ‘Frank’ and today’s ‘Boris.’ If you can find singles, 5-packs, boxes, go for it ! At this point, I’m patiently waiting for 2011 Monster Series – ‘Wolfman.’

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sumatra Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Length: 7 1/8″
Ring: 49

Construction > Great
Burn > Great
Enjoy > Absolutely !
Recommend > Absolutely !
Buy > Yes