[SIZE=2] [/SIZE]Welcome to my entry for the October's Noob Review Contest.
I decided to review the La Casita Criolla by Tatuaje. I've never tried this cigar before but I tend to like the Tatuaje brand. The cigar I reviewed was a short Churchill, sized 6 1/2 x 48.
I'm new to the cigar world but I've been a beer geek for a while. I've decided to pair my cigar with a good craft beer. Here are four candidates from my stash. Bitch's Brew by Dogfish Head, Curieux by Allagash, Homebrewed IPA from a buddy, Oak Aged Chocolate Yeti by Great Divide.
The Yeti is the only one of the four that I haven't tried so it's the Winner!
Pre draw: Smells like a cigar. I won't even pretend like my nose is good enough to pick flavors from an unlit cigar.
I've decided to attempt the three match method to light my cigar. I don't want any of those pesky butane fumes to taint my noob palate. I managed to get the cigar lit with four matches. Next I choose to use a v cut to clip the head.
I took notes as I smoked the cigar.
First pull (00:00)
Very easy draw with the v cut. Moderate smokes of white smoke. The smell of something very fresh hits my nose. Something green, like grass. The first pull is very smooth no harness at all. Very little after taste.
The burn line is a bit uneven but thatís thatís probably my fault. The cigar is still smooth and but that grassy smell is either getting stronger or more complex. To my palate the cigar is medium bodied and a little complex in flavor.
I also take my first sip of beer and a pull on the cigar. Iíve intentionally started with this beer a little colder than it should be. I know that the flavors will change as it warms up. The beer is dark and full of malty sweetness. Very smooth with no alcohol burn. This might not be the best pairing with this cigar. Maybe with a more full bodied cigar.
The cigar is changing. The grass is still there but Iím smelling burning wood. Like a fireplace. Iím beginning to taste a little pepper in the cigar. The complexity of flavors is building. The smoke is still smooth but very flavorful I know Iím smoking a Tatuaje now.
Finished my first glass of beer. This second pour is just right. Not too cold. This time I change the order. I take a sip of beer and then pull the cigar. Whoa! #### That was fantastic. The beer has changed. The oak is really strong and here is a bit of burn on the finish. Then going right to the cigar I tasted a more of the pepper. This is cigar is far from spicy but the beer pulled that out. Iím also getting a bit of a sweet aftertaste on the cigar. Not overly candy like an Acid but just a hint of honey.
I take back what I said earlier. These two compliment each other. The cigar has the fresh grass, burning wood flavor and the beer as the strong dark oak. Neither is overpowering the other
I forgot I was doing this review. I have my feet up, sipping beer and enjoying this cigar. Nicotine and alcohol are flowing. Cheers to an hour of the good life!
Pretty close to the nub now. The cigar is burning a bit hot but the taste is still fine. This cigar was smooth start to finish. The flavors picked up in the second third and stayed through the end. Very easy draw.