It was difficult for me to decide when to smoke this beautiful bundle of dried leaves….. I certainly didn’t want to crack it open by myself, that would just be silly. Where would I store the other two twisted up ticks until I got to them?

No… I couldn’t do that.

Finally, the opportunity presented itself. I was invited to a herf with two other friends that have an interest and appreciation for fine cigars. What better time to unwind these bad boys and set them a light?

Ok, first things first. Just what is a “Culebra”?

The word “Culebra” translates to “snake” which makes sense. The cigars do kind of resemble a bundle of snakes braided together. The next question I had is this….. why would anyone package a cigar like this? It’s really neat looking, but not terribly efficient as far as cigars go. They’re neat, but seem gimmicky. The answer Google gave me was pretty believable. Google says that this vitola was originally produced by the higher ups at cigar factories to manage their inventory. These were given to the workers on the floor as their daily ration of smokables. Anyone on the floor could easily look over and see that the staff was smoking a twisted snake of a cigar, and not the straight nicely rolled product for sale. The other school o thought is that this was designed as a marketing gimmick, and a clever story was attached to it so that chumps like me spend $40 for a cute little box and 4 cigars.

Personally, I prefer to believe the former, but common sense drives me towards the latter.



Old Man and the “C” Culebra (Tatuaje Black Label Blend)

Country – Nicaragua

Wrapper Sun Grown Criollo (quickly becoming one of my favorites)

Binder and filler – Nicaragua

Size – 7.5”x38

Cost - $11 each for 4 cigars (including the Lancero that comes in the box)

The wrapper is a nice dusty chocolate brown, and has a rich tobacco smell. The foot gave a hint of spice. I was a little concerned about the condition of the head and foot, since the string used to bind the three made deep impressions in the cigar. No holes, but it made me leery none the less.





Here is a photo of the three separated. On inspection of the individual cigars, there were two where the wrapper was lifting just a little, or cracked just a little. I suppose that is to be expected when you twist together three sticks that want to be straight. A little pectin straightened this right out, and took care of the present issues. I grabbed my Cuban Crafter “Perfect Cutter”, greedily nipped the head set fire to the foot and went on my way.



First third was wonderful. A nice rich tobacco flavor with some woodiness and a tiny hint of spice on the roof of the mouth. This produced a fantastic amount of smoke, and had a fairly loose (but not too loose) draw which put my concerns about the string to rest.



Second third – The spice picked up a little, but the wood and tobacco remained. I’m picking up a lot of cream in this third, and in the retrohale I find something that reminds me a little of fungus…… not bad mind you! Almost like sautéed mushrooms (it that’s a “thing”) not overwhelming, but present. I’m in love with this cigar at this point.



Rounding third and heading for home this cigar offers more of the same flavors, but picks them up just a little. Not too much flavor development on this stick, but what’s there is very worth it.



Over all, I loved this stick.

As a matter of fact, I loved it this much…….



It was pretty one dimensional flavor wise, but if I run across any more I will CERTAINLY pick them up. The bad news is that they are gone now. The good news is that I have the Black label Lancero that came with the Culebra, so I have that one to look forward to in the future.

On the Strad scale of “Sucks” to “Mother of God” I give this smoke a “Wow! I can’t wait to get another one!”
Wallbright
Great review. I, like Ian, have been wondering about these for a while. I will have to hunt some down now for sure.
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the_brain
I on the other hand got hit with one...
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Max Gas
great review. Culebras intrigue me as well. Why split them up when you can smoke all of them at once?
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Wallbright
Don't be a dick the_brain haha
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the_brain
Wallbright I wasn't, I was fending off possible attacks...
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CigarGoogler
Good call, Ian. I'd be lying if your initial comment didn't get my wheels turning since in sitting on one of these. lol
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Feldenak
There's a couple of these at the smoke shop that have been tempting me. I might have to break down and get one.
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CigarGoogler
Do it! You won't regret it! I was one of the guys that shared this one with Dan. The Black lancers are fantastic...if you like things that taste good.
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Feldenak
Looks like I know what I'm picking up next trip to the B&M
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Wallbright
the_brain That's what they all say.... haha
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