Tatuaje La Casita Criolla – Cigar Review

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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
Strength: Medium/Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

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.

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

The foot of the La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

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.

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

The first third of the La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

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.

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

The second third of the La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

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.

La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

The final third of the La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje

Rating: 95
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.




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  • http://twitter.com/tx_tuff tx_tuff

    Wow COTY worthy, that is a hell of a statement. Looking forward to trying these once they are released!

  • http://www.NiceTightAsh.com Ben Lee

    Great write up Barry. I can’t wait to try this cigar.

  • http://www.stogiereview.com Jerry @ Stogie Review

    Enjoyable review Barry…lets save the COTY talk for when the cigar is actually available and we smoke more than one. ;)

    Keep up the enjoyable work…

  • JoshK

    This sound very good. Hopefully it’s not too expensive for me to smoke

  • http://www.theperfectdraw.com Travis @ TPD

    Definitely a cigar to keep my eye on. Would love to see you do another review of this cigar a few months down the line to see if you still think so highly of this cigar.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    I’ll definitly do that again Travis.

  • Barret

    Great review Barry! A 7.00 tat is very intriguing!!! Looking forward to trying one for myself.

  • chris

    When will these be available?

  • http://cigarsmokersjournal johnnyv

    I’ve smoked all 3, Avion, fausto, and this one. All are great now so I’m looking forward to smoking them after some age time. One thing I thought of while smoking the lcc was that it would be interesting to see this one in a cherroot size or lancero.

  • David

    Great write-up! I’m smoking this right now and on the 2nd third and it was exactly as you described it: warm spices!
    The guy at the cigar shop recommended it to me, and man, is it satisfying.
    I also have a nicotine high and I laughed out loud as you wrote about the weak ash because it JUST fell on my shirt too (wiped off very clean & no hole).
    I have been smoking a Felipe Gregorio Centario 2001 Classic, which is too oaky and too dry (I think I need to let it age-purchased a 30-pack from Cigar International), and think this was a great flavored cigar.
    Thanks for the review!
    David – Syracuse, NY

  • CJ

    I mistakenly ordered the regular corona size the second time around and first one I smoked was rolled terrible. I had a fiver of the size you review and all were fantastic. If anyone had a box available, I would get it.

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