The Tatuaje La Casita Criolla consists entirely of 100% Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco making it an American Puro. The blend comes in three sizes, The HCB Corona ( 5 1/8 x 42), The HCBC Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46), and the HCBF Short Churchill (6 1/2 x 48). The Tatuaje La Casita Criolla is available for purchase now at Atlantic.
The La Casita Criolla has a rough and dark mottled appearance that is common with broadleaf maduro wrappers. The cigar is well made, well packed with a perfectly applied cap. The La Casita Criolla’s band is very much a throwback to the original Cuban cigar that bared its same name. It does give the cigar an older, rustic feeling though that I like.
Taking a deep inhalation of the foot gives me some nice earthy, cocoa aromas. The cold draw is very much the same, with some spice on my lips.
As I light the cigar up there is some spice initially and lots of rich chewy smoke. The draw and burn are fantastic, just the right amount of resistance. This Tatuaje is no chimney, as I take a puff a small flavorful burst of smoke emits from the stick. The flavors in the first third of the La Casita Criolla are very nice, medium in body, with some earthy maduro with a cocoa sweetness and a surprisingly clean finish.
The body is ramping up a bit, a hint of peppery spice coming into the picture, fitting more into the body and strength that Tatuaje smokers are generally comfortable with. It’s still a medium to medium-full body cigar. What continues to surprise me is that usually a cigar with this flavor profile, rich sweet maduro with chewy smoke, leaves your mouth coated with these flavors. This cigar leaves absolutely nothing behind except for a yearning for another puff of the earthy sweetness. I read someone’s review mentioning that the finish is refreshing, and I absolutely 100% agree. This is a great quality for a cigar to have, especially a maduro.
The La Casita Criolla is now at the final third and some new flavors are developing. The cocoa is more pronounced and the overall body of the smoke has a heavier mouth feel. Once again this is my first smoke of the day and I’m feeling a minor nicotine buzz, nothing overwhelming at all. In fact it’s actually a nice way to start the day, but that’s just me. I’m tasting some mintiness, and with little more than an inch to go, the finish is still super clean with no bitterness.
All things considered, this is a really interesting smoke. To be honest, I’m generally not a huge fan of rich maduro cigars. The difference I mentioned above, the clean overall taste without sacrifice of all things that make maduro cigars great, has sold me on this one. Great rich earthiness with the perfect amount of sweetness and spice, combined with a great price point is going to make this another winner with the Tatuaje crowd. Hopefully this boutique stick will be able to cross over into the mainstream a bit so folks can get a new perspective of a maduro cigar. Put another feather in Pete’s cap, an interesting adventure in broadleaf and overall a great smoke.
The Tatuaje La Casita Criolla is on sale now, try out this tasty Tatuaje for yourself!
Keep on smokin!