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Old 04-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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So last week I did the review of the Mini Mum on Friday because it was Friday the thirteenth and that went well with the horror/monster/Halloween theme. Today I'm doing the review of the Lil Drac not for any other reason than I wanted to smoke it. Out of all of the new Little Monster cigars, the Lil Drac is the one that intrigued me the most. I've always found myself I little out of the norm on the overall public feeling on the original Drac release. To put it bluntly, I liked it a lot and almost all the other people I have talked to about the cigar have ranging opinions from "It's just OK", to "I though it was bad." Yes, the original release had issues with the packaging (not the look, which was awesome), but after I stored the cigars outside of the box for a bit, I really thought they smoked great. Just another case of to each their own.

Enough chat. Let's get down to the review. (This is a sample from my recent trip, so it is unbanded. I can't wait to see the return of the black and red band because it looks bad ass with this dark wrapper.)

(Due to the size of this cigar, this review is only in two parts instead of the traditional thirds.)

Specifics
Vitola: "Fang" (Mini Torpedo)
Length: 5
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Habano Ecaudor Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $75.00 for a sampler box of 10 cigars
Smoking Location: My back deck
Beverage: water

Pre-Light
Two things I want to point out about the wrapper on my Lil'Drac. First was the color, which was fairly dark, but had tons of tiny lighter dots all around the cigar. If you have smoked the full size Drac, you might remember this look. Second was the pre-lit aroma. This cigar smelled unbelievably good. The aroma consisted of leather and a sweet citrus smell. Those descriptive words don't do it justice. When you get your hands on one, take extra time to enjoy the pre-light. The cap was not as torpedoed as the original Drac but clipped easily and the cold draw was on point. The flavors I got from the cold draw were a sticky candy-like sweetness, again mixed with a lot of citrus notes.

First Half
Lighting this little cigar was no problem. It immediately produced lots of thick smoke. Just like the pre-light aroma, the resting smoke coming off of this stick smelled wonderful. It made me wish that I had smoked this cigar inside and not on my back deck to fully enjoy the aroma. Oh well, next time. The first inch or so of my Lil'Drac had a lot of a mellow cocoa flavor on the front which mixed in with an interesting twang. More on that later. The finish on each draw was full of black pepper, but not really a hot black pepper, just the taste. Side note: Contrary to what I just wrote, if you push this smoke through your sinuses it's damn hot and spicy, so proceed with caution on that front. Getting into the halfway part of the cigar, the interesting twang really picked up and started to dominate not only the front of the profile, but also creep into the finish. I would describe it as a generic acidic citrus taste, but mixed with a cooling mint flavor -- not like an Altoids sugar added mint flavor, but more of a natural, maybe even mint tea taste. The nicotine strength was in the medium range.

Second Half and Final Thoughts
The second half of my Lil'Drac had a little change up with some flavor, but again mostly dominated with the twang from the end of the first half. What is worth mentioning is I started to get some leather notes on the finish which, although didn't seem like it was needed, added some more interest. Another fun thing worth mentioning was after I took a drink of water, the flavor in my mouth tasted a lot like milk chocolate. Totally weird I know, but hey - stranger things have happened. The nicotine strength never pushed above the medium range, so this will be a stick that I think almost anyone aside from the new smoker could handle just fine. I did have a bit of a crooked burn that I had to correct once, but that could have been due to the windy conditions of the day.

Final thoughts on the Tatuaje Lil'Drac ? Good cigar with one of the best smelling wrappers I have ever experienced. I know it's a common wrapper that is used on a lot of cigars, but I've never had one smell this nice. The flavor profile is enjoyable and I think the twangy taste people will pick up will cause a lot of good discussion around the B&M and message boards. I love the original Drac and I'm glad the Lil'Drac did not disappoint.

Would I buy it again? Yes

Would I buy a box? I will be buying multiple boxes of the Little Monsters (sampler box that contains this cigar.)

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Great review Dan, as always!
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for another great review Dan
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for the review Danny boy!
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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Very nice, I look forward to these bastiges.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:27 PM   #6
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Default Re: (PRE-RELEASE) Tatuaje Lil'Drac

This sounds tasty! Thanks

And that's a nice lookin' ashtray *thumbsup*
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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Awesome review! Can't wait for these little bastiges to hit the market.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:29 PM   #8
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They don't look so "lil".
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They don't look so "lil".
that's what I think people are going to say the most when they see all of these. They are not all that little. They are bigger than most of the Viaje releases have been.

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #10
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Thanks again Dan....Didn't you give a release date in another review??
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Thanks again Dan....Didn't you give a release date in another review??
I think it's May or June but I don't think there is an official release date so it could all change.

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Great review! I'm anxiously awaiting these to hit shelves and hoping I can land some!
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very nice cant wait for these....
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For me, it's going to come down to cost.
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For me, it's going to come down to cost.
I believe it's $75 for a box of 10
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I believe it's $75 for a box of 10
That's not bad.
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Eagerly awaiting these! Thanks for the review dan.
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Nice review. They do look tastey.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #20
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That's not bad.
Not bad at all, considering some of the latest LE craziness going on.....and $10 a stick is common place.
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