Stogie Guys Free Newsletter

Subscribe today for a chance to win great cigar prizes:

Presented by:

Cigar Face-Off: Tatuaje Fausto vs. La Casita Criolla

27 Sep 2011

[Editor’s Note: “Cigar Face-Off” is a new feature where we compare and contrast cigars that share at least one important attribute. Please let us know what you think about the new feature in the comments below, and feel free to suggest two cigars for a future Face-Off.]

Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia continue their buzz-heavy collaboration with the recent release of the über-potent Fausto and the intriguing La Casita Criolla U.S. broadleaf puro.

Fausto FT 150 Toro

I found the strength to live up to the hype. Even so, it snuck up on me the first time because the blend is very smooth with the sort of deep, rich flavors common to Tatuajes. Kicking off with heavy pepper, there were also some hay notes that I tend to associate more with Connecticut than Nicaragua, which is the home for the filler and binder. Perhaps they came from the Ecuadorian Habano maduro wrapper.

About one third of the way down the six-inch stick, the pepper lightened up a bit, allowing some dark fruit to come through. And in the final third, there was a thick woody component. With a 50-ring gauge the Toro is a comfortable smoke. At about $8.50 a stick, it’s slow burning treat.

La Casita Criolla HCBC Corona Gorda

This is a cigar about which I expect most smokers will have a strong opinion. It certainly stands out, from the rough, thick wrapper to the dark, gray ash. Not to mention the taste, which I found to be earthy, somewhat sharp, and occasionally harsh.

I’ve only smoked a couple and don’t know if I’ll go back for more. At around $7 for the Corona Gorda (5.6 x 46), the price is reasonable.


These two new releases are a result of Tatuaje’s willingness to experiment and create new tastes and experiences for smokers. I think that’s great.

Of course, every cigar isn’t going to please everyone. But you’ll be missing out if you don’t give these a try. I preferred the Fausto, though its power will probably make it an occasional choice. La Casita was more unusual, and I thought it lacked the depth and nuance of most Tatuaje smokes.

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys

8 Responses to “Cigar Face-Off: Tatuaje Fausto vs. La Casita Criolla”

  1. Antonio Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I like this feature. Would be interesting to see some cigars compared across manufacturers (like, say, two different Cameroon-wrapped cigars, or two budget Connecticuts, etc.). Keep up the good work.

  2. Ashburn Dave Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I love this feature. Great idea!

  3. Franklin Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I'm not seeing anything else like this elsewhere in the cigar community, so I too welcome this new feature. Looking forward to more Face-Offs!

  4. George E Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

  5. garrett Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Very cool idea.

    Personally I love the La casita criolla and didn't care as much for the fausto. To each his own i guess!

  6. Tyler Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    A Flor la Dominica by Rosa Cuba and a Curlyhead Deluxe by Arturo Fuente are similar in taste. I would recommend either one; maybe leaning towards the Rosa Cuba.

  7. Mark P Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Great idea on the face off. I tried both back to back when they became available at my B&M, also preferred the Fausto but thoroughly enjoyed both. Agree with review of fausto, didn't get any harshness from my casita criolla though- nutty heaven for me! Can't wait for more face offs!

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. Cigar Face-Off: Montecristo Open Eagle vs. Romeo y Julieta Duke EL 2009 (Cubans) | The Stogie Guys - Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    […] Note: "Cigar Face-Off" is a new feature where we compare and contrast cigars that share at least one important attribute. Please […]