This group review is of the Tatuaje La Casita Criolla in Corona size. They are made by Jaime Garcia of My Father. The most interesting part of these cigars is the fact that they are made of 100% US tobacco. Why is that so interesting? I did not know you could pack this much flavor into a cigar using all Connecticut broadleaf tobacco. The cost was about $5 per cigar, which is a little high for a corona vitola. We found that the construction was excellent and the wrapper was nice looking. Upon lighting up, this little cigar packed a lot of habano-type flavor right off the bat! Unfortunately, the cigar became more mundane as we smoked. That is the opposite of most cigars, where they build complexity as you smoke. We loved the first half of the cigar, but found the second half to be boring. In summary, we thought $5 was too much to pay for half of a corona sized cigar. Despite this, we are glad we tried it and think the bold flavor of the first half makes it worth trying for everyone else too. To read the full review, look below!
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 5/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 6/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Terry1: It’s a corona 5 x 42 with a small white, red band. La Casita Criolla.
StraightUpCigars: It’s a itty bitty guy. smells awesome!
StraightUpCigars: La casita criolla
Terry1: Yeah after smoking the trendier large ring gauges this seems really small.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed, but it is a good change of pace.
IamDarren: missed it with all those monsters you sent me
IamDarren: i got it now
Terry1: It’s had a lot of good press. I hope we have a good experience tonight.
IamDarren: decent construction and cold draw.
IamDarren: kind of a semi sweet / earthy note on the cold draw.
Terry1: I get a lot of spice off the wrapper and chocolate on the cold draw. I’m lighting up.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, great cold draw. It is funny, the cigar’s wrapper smells refreshing and has some spice, but the cold draw is kind of dry and musty.
IamDarren: lighting up
IamDarren: wow, this one starts with a bang. Loads of spice on the first puff.
StraightUpCigars: That was easy to light, one big perk to the small RG cigars!
Terry1: Perfect draw, lots of smoke. Agree with the spice and I’m getting a nice earthy note.
IamDarren: i just barely retrohaled and it almost burned. Spice mixed with pepper is the dominant force here.
StraightUpCigars: Very rich/dry smoke that tastes earthy with some spice.
IamDarren: little bit of underlying creaminess to mellow it out a pinch.
StraightUpCigars: This little cigar packs the same flavor you would get from smoking 3 habano seed cigars at the same time.
IamDarren: lol, defenitely
Terry1: Yeah this cigar is all flavor and it keeps building!
IamDarren: i get hints of other flavors on the finish but the spice is really masking them. I hope it mellows just a little.
StraightUpCigars: I am tasting some charred oak in there. Would be well paired with a whiskey.
IamDarren: i decided to have a Guiness Draught. Its going very well with the cigar. Still using water to clense the palate though.
Terry1: I get a mustiness under the spice. There’s also a hint of sweetness that I’m hoping will build as we smoke.
IamDarren: i think i got my wish, mine is already mellowing a little. Defenitley some sweetness coming into the mix now.
StraightUpCigars: I get that too. I keep wanting to say espresso, but as soon as I think it, the flavor is gone.
IamDarren: solid burn line, and a nice tight ash
Terry1: My burn is starting to run up one side. I may have to fix it soon.
IamDarren: im pretty sure im getting some hazelnut up front that quickly fades.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is running a bit too, but I am going to wait and see what happens. Gray colored ash is holding on for now, but it is looking crooked.
IamDarren: mine just dropped so be careful
StraightUpCigars: The smoke is so rich and powerful on this that it does aggravate my sinuses. In a larger vitola this would be a problem, but not in this size.
IamDarren: i would bet that a larger RG would be a lot mellower. Whats the wrapper on this thing? Seems pretty potent.
Terry1: I agree with the aggrivation. I’m done with the retrohale. It’s making my sinus burn a little.
Terry1: The whole cigar is 100% Connecticut broadleaf.
IamDarren: really! thats a pretty cool idea. GO US Tobacco!
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, right on. I did not expect this from US grown.
Terry1: Leave it to Pete to blend a US puro. The flavors are definately unique.
StraightUpCigars: Very tangy finish on each puff. Not as much spice as it started with.
Terry1: About half way, my burn evened out. The spice has mellowed some. That peaty mustiness has come to the front with a touch of sweetness.
IamDarren: just found this quote
IamDarren: 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.
StraightUpCigars: I’m at the halfway point on this. Burn is back to dead even without a correction. 2 ashes have dropped thus far.
IamDarren: burn is going well here also. Mine is still mellowing. Getting a thick semi sweet flavor now sort of like molasses.
Terry1: I’m nearing the final third and it looks like this cigar will end a lot different than how it began. Spice has really mellowed. Can retrohale with no problems now. I’m starting to feel a little strength now.
IamDarren: interesting, the cigar is actually made by Jaime Garcia maker of My Fater cigars.
StraightUpCigars: Huh, no Pete Johnson? I feel it too, Terry. It has some strength.
Terry1: I’m curious as to how the bigger sizes smoke. Being all the same tobacco, I wonder if the flavors would stay the same.
IamDarren: It seems Pete told Jaime what tobacco he wanted in the cigar and Jaime blended it for him.
StraightUpCigars: Huh. What do these run, Terry?
Terry1: They’re a little on the high end. I paid $5. The larger sizes are around $6.
Terry1: Not a daily smoker for me.
StraightUpCigars: Me neither, but as long as you buy them I’ll keep smoking them
Terry1: Reasonable considering what other Tats go for.
Terry1: This is one of those cigar that provided a unique smoking experience but I wouldn’t go out of my way to track it down again.
IamDarren: it has defenitely been unique. Most cigars don’t punch you in the teeth in the first third and then completely mellow in the last 2.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, this is one of the more intense cigars I have had. I was hoping for more complexity out of it, but it was very good nonetheless/
Terry1: Yeah it went backwards. Except for the strength the flavors really mellowed.
IamDarren: would you rather climb the mountain and enjoy the scenery or take a chopper to the summit and ski down it in half the time.
Terry1: Wow that’s really poetic.
StraightUpCigars: Well, I have never ridden in a chopper.
StraightUpCigars: Is it one of those stealth choppers?
IamDarren: i agree with you guys. This has been a unique smoking experience but i would not go out of my way to try it again considering the price.
IamDarren: i will say that it burns nice and slow for a corona. I still have a half inch to go.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, mine is still going too.
StraightUpCigars: The flavor is so rich, it reminds me of beef at this point.
Terry1: I’m at the end of mine. Lots of smoke still, burned cool to the end. Still flavorful. I just can’t identify what I’m tasting.
IamDarren: lol, i do like a nice rich, chewey smoke.
IamDarren: this one is gonna be hard to rate…
IamDarren: i do think the strength overshadowed the flavor. I like a little more balance.
Terry1: It was good but, for me, not the “wow” cigar I kind of expected.
IamDarren: going into the nub the strength has started to pick back up again and I am starting to feel the nicotine now.
StraightUpCigars: Overall, I would say this. Unique smoking experience, very rich smoke. It is a must try, but I will not be purchasing anymore at the $5 price tag. Not disappointed, but also not jumping for joy.
IamDarren: well said.
Terry1: I drank water for this review. I agree this cigar would benefit by pairing with a good whiskey, scotch or even the right beer. Definately something you should at least try.
StraightUpCigars: Amazing that this petit corana lasted over an hour.
IamDarren: if one of the vendors put it in a samper with some other good sticks i would defenitely recommend it.
IamDarren: i think its time to put mine down. Flavors have really faded.
Terry1: Yeah I’m done. Getting a little light headed.
Terry1: I’m glad the spice mellowed from the start but having it totally fade away hurt it some.
IamDarren: it was still fun and unique, thanks for sending it Terry.
Terry1: Yeah I’m glad we could try it.
StraightUpCigars: I agree it would have benefited from some more spice and complexity.