Those who love to collect cars for road racing will all tell you about American muscle cars. Cars like the Challenger, Charger, Ford Mustang, Shelby Mustang and the Ford Cobra. Never has someone talked about an American Puro as a collectible cigar.
in fact I am not sure if anyone has ever created an American Puro. According to Pete, the American Puro has existed for years.
La Casita Criolla which translate to “The Creole Cottage” is made up of 100% Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco. This can cause some confusion which Pete cleared up some via his Facebook page some months ago, “Okay guys. To clear this up. Not all broadleaf is dark. The wrapper will be but the binders and fillers are made up of broadleaf tobacco also. When Jaime buys broadleaf, he buys in hopes to get good dark juicy wrapper, some medium color wrapper like La Riqueza and good binder but the other leaf that doesn’t make those grades is sorted by size and texture for filler. Again not every leaf will look like the wrapper. It’s all 100% USA Conn. Broadleaf. Jaime also buys all primings of broadleaf. Seco, Viso and Ligero. This is also how we are able to sort the filler to do the blend on the cigar. ” The Jaime he refers to is Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars, who produces the cigars to Pete’s specifications.
Is this cigar an instant classic, will it be the American muscle that collectors crave?
Cigar: La Casita Criolla
Size: 6.5 x 48
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Appearance and Construction: The wrapper on the La Casita Criolla is a nice dark and oily Broadleaf wrapper that has some medium-sized veins. The stick is well rolled with a well placed cap. The is some slight tooth present and the are no soft spots on this stick that feels a little light in the hand. The band which reminds one of Henry Clay is simplistic at first appearance but there are some nice little details present that give it character.
Flavor & Notes: Prior to cutting the foot serves up notes of cedar and nuts with a sweetness to the nose. While the draw serves up some more sweetness with hints of nuts. My initial impression is that this cigar brings something different to the table then other Tatuaje smokes. Once the cigar is lit it becomes evident that this is a flavor bomb of epic proportions. The initial notes were a touch of anise, and nuts as I slowly worked into the first third of the cigar. As we progress into the first third there are some notes of anise that tease as the nuts become the focal point with a chocolate sweetness on the finish. In the second third some warm spices begin to develop with a touch of cinnamon and cloves over a canvas of nuts. A sweetness remains, but it isn’t defined like in the first third. In the final third some nicely defined anise returns as the focal point with some spice through the. The cigar has a nice finish that leaves me feeling satisfied.
Smoking Characteristics: A perfect burning cigar with a straight burn line and thin carbon line. The light color ash was a bit weak on this pre-release stick but thankfully I didn’t burn a hole in my shirt which is my modus operandi as of late. The cigar produced a nice amount of smoke with a delicious aroma. The draw was as good as the come with the right amount of resistance.
Conclusion: I only smoked one sample of this and Pete had mentioned they weren’t strong but I would classify it as on the fuller side of medium. I experienced a slight nicotine kick, and being that I only smoked one sample I am not sure if it was me, or the cigar. Regardless, I was skeptical of an all broadleaf stick but this thing delivers. Loaded with flavors and extremely tasty, but don’t take my word for it. I tweeted I got a sample of this last night and Pete commented that him and Dion from illusione were smoking one. A little later Dion added, “that thing was freakin’ tasty.” Definitely box worthy and on my to buy list once released. Without a doubt this is a definite cigar of the year candidate.
Price: $7.00 MSRP
Disclaimer: My good friend Danny D. of Tobacco Plaza was down at the Nicaraguan Cigar Festival where he obtained this cigar and gifted me with one.
Edit: Since this review I have gone through a box plus of these and still stand by the initial review. This folks will be the Cigar of the Year if things continue as they have.