Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
This is the only Little Monster in which I have reviewed the original release. I reviewed The Wolfman a few months ago.
The wrapper on this cigar is a medium to dark shade of brown. Like the Wolfman, this cigar is also a box pressed torpedo. This cigar's foot isn't as "shaggy" as the Wolfman, but it is a shaggy foot nonetheless. The wrapper is very smooth and oily. This cigar is very solid throughout. I'm actually surprised that it is this solid given that it is box pressed. There is one thin vein running through the wrapper but nothing to worry about. Also the smell coming from this cigar is a combination of chocolate and earth.
As soon as this cigar was lit up I got some very strong pepper notes. There was also a strong coffee flavor that started to build up. The earth and wood tones slowly built up as this cigar moved past the shaggy foot and hit the wrapper. The bitter coffee notes started to become more prominent as this cigar progressed.
Once I burned down to the second third the peppery spice really picked up. Then all of a sudden this cigar became pretty creamy, which started to balance out the flavor profile. By the halfway point this cigar was completely balanced out. The combination of pepper and oak is absolutely great. The coffee notes and leather added nice minor accents.
The last third of this cigar had a bit more leather flavor to it. The strongest flavor was the oak tones. There were actually some mild cedar notes that added little hints of sweetness to the flavor profile. The creaminess of the smoked coats my palate as this cigar comes to a close. The finish was very smooth with a good amount of flavor.
Ash: Medium gray, layered, held on for an inch and a half
Burn: Pretty even after the shaggy foot
Draw: Actually very good. Little tight, but eased up
Smoke: Very thick gray
Aroma: Very strong earth tones
This cigar was missing a little something that the original release had. This one was still very good though. Now that I know the original releases can be better, I really wish I had the opportunity to try all the originals. I give the Wolfie an 8 out of 10.
Zack the Stogie Man