Deciding to change things up a little bit this week, I reached into my 2011 Saints & Sinners smoker’s kit and pulled out the Tatuaje Proto 2. According to the exclusive overview published by our friend Jay over at CigarPhoto.net, the Proto 2 is the original unreleased blend of La Casita Criolla. Unlike the final version which sports 100% broadleaf inside & out, the prototype featured the same wrapper but included Nicaraguan tobacco in the binder and Mexican & Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler, in addition to the broadleaf.
What we have with the Proto 2 is a glimpse into the cigar blending process. 2011 members of The SnS Club were able to smoke a work in progress: a step along the way to what we now know as La Casita Criolla. This offered a special appeal to me, seeing as how fond I am of the final product. What would I think of the prototype? How would the flavor profile change between the two versions? Which would I prefer?
Tatuaje Proto 2 by the numbers:
Vitola: corona gorda
Size: 5.625×44 (est.)
Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua, USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Mexico, Nicaragua, USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Factory: My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua
No. smoked for review: 1 (first impressions)
Duration: 75 minutes
Source: purchased by the reviewer (part of the 2011 Saints & Sinners smoker’s kit)
(Video length: 8:54)
Ultimately, I think Pete made the right decision with the final version of LCC. While I definitely enjoyed the Proto 2, La Casita burns better and has a deeper, richer, earthier flavor profile. Plus, by going with a 100% broadleaf blend, the final product offers a certain uniqueness that many cigar smokers can appreciate. Still, I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable opportunity to sneak a peak into the process behind the creation of a cigar I love. With that in mind, I look forward to finding our what’s in store with the 2012 Saints & Sinners cigar kit…