The Tatuaje Pudgy Frank is the â€œPudgy Monstersâ€ version of the Monsters series Frank. The Frank was originally released in 2010. The Pudgy Monsters are all made at the My Father Cigar Factory by Don Pepin Garcia for Pete Johnson of Tatuaje. The Pudgy Monsters were released in the summer of 2014 to complement the Monsters, Little Monsters and Actors series. The Pudgy Monsters comes as a 10 cigar sampler pack with a singe Pudgy Frank included with a total of 20,000 boxes released.
Vitolas: The Pudgy Frank is a 5 5/8x 49 box pressed corona version of the original Frank(7 5/8×49)
Blend: Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Appearance: The Pudgy Frank is wrapped in a dark Broadleaf wrapper. The cigar does have some oil sheen to it and is capped with a perfect triple cap.
Pre-Light: The Pudgy Frank has a coffee note on the nose and some cocoa sweetness through the pre-light draw.
1st Third: The Pudgy Frank opens with notes of cocoa accompanied by a slight pepper spice on the back of the throat. Toward the end of the first third an espresso coffee note began to become distinguishable. The ash was holding well, pretty tight, and was a dark gray color.
2nd Third: As the second third of the Pudgy Frank begins there are much the same flavors as the first, although the cigar begins to transition soon to show a rich cocoa profile. The cocoa notes are almost a dry cocoa with little sweetness. This is also accompanied by an oak note that complements nicely.
Last Third: In the home stretch the Pudgy Frank became an earth and cocoa bomb. The flavors were very rich and concentrated. The slight spice from the first third also began to come in to the mix but stayed nicely in the background.
Construction: (A+) Not one bad thing can be said of the construction of the Pudgy Frank, this was a very well performing cigar. The ash held tight throughout and typically for an inch or so before I tapped it off to keep from making my usual mess.
Burn: (A+) The Pudgy Frank had an very straight and even burn line and required no touch up or relights even after being set down for several minutes to do a couple of honey dos.
Final Assessment: Overall I believe the Pudgy Frank is a hit. The vitola fits my preferences much better than the original release. I think that this cigar would do very well if released on its own.
Rating: (BOX WORTHY) I think the Pudgy Frank is another great cigar from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje. If these were offered in a box they would definitely be worth picking up!