Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tatuaje La Casita Criolla


Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Connecticut
Length:  5.6"
Ring: 46
Cost: $6.00

Appearance (0-20):  One thing that I love about a quality cigar is the grainy, bumpy wrapper.  They are little "flavor pockets" of the oils from the cigar from aging.  This offering from Tatuaje has a super grainy broadleaf wrapper.  It is quite dry to the touch, but very inviting to say the least.  The band is fairly simple on the outside, but holds a solid smoke underneath.

Score: 17

Construction (0-20):  
The cigar itself performed well overall.  While I had the cigar aging properly, the wrapper was still somewhat dry.  There was a small crack in the middle of the stick, and it seemed as part of the middle was unraveling   Luckily, neither of these had an effect on the smoke.  I tried take a good picture of the ash, but it wouldn't focus correctly;  it had an almost pure white ash, with speckled graininess in the ash as well.  It had some flakiness, yet overall was solid start to finish.

Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Nothing over the top here, just a solid medium cigar.  There is no real heft present, and it may have actually been a touch under medium.

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20):  After some quick reading, it seems as though broadleaf tobaccos were used as the wrapper, binder, and filler.  You generally don't get that, and it had a unique flavor profile.  I received a blast of spice in the beginning, and then some additional spice from start to finish.  As I smoked further down, there was some solid notes of cedar and sweet molasses.  The flavors complimented themselves well, and had some complexity and transitions.

Score: 18

Value (0-20):  For around $6.00, you definitely get what you pay for.  It's an above average cigar for the price, and the price point does it justice.  I would like to smoke a robusto/toro size, yet I don't see it offered.

Score: 18

Additional Notes: Smoked at Cigars International

Overall (0-100):  Somewhat unsuspecting, the La Casita Criolla was a solid cigar.  The flavor profile was very solid, as Tatuaje incorporated using all broadleaf tobacco.  If you are looking for a fair priced cigar that has some solid tasting notes, this is one that you might want to check out.

Score: 88

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