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  1. Mike – KnightRid
    May 22, 2009

    One of these days I am going to find one of these at a local shop to try! I keep hearing and reading how good they are, so they are at the top of my “to try” list :)

    Thanx for the review and for getting my taste buds in an uproar ;)


  2. Daize
    May 22, 2009

    are there any online shops where you can buy these ?

  3. Inspector
    May 22, 2009

    I’ve got some search results at Famous. Check them out.

  4. Daize
    May 22, 2009

    thanks guys. Whats up with not being able to buy a full box of these ?

  5. Lee
    May 22, 2009

    I saw a box online a few weeks ago, but don’t remember where. These are limited releases. My understanding is that Pete releases once a year to reserve rights to the name and that he hasn’t decided what to do yet with regard to the brand. I hope he releases this vitola forever.

  6. tobacmon
    May 23, 2009

    One of my favorites also–can’t get enough of them–Nice review Ricky!

  7. Inspector
    May 24, 2009

    The name of the reviewer can be found right under the title :) I think I should make it more prominent somehow..

  8. Basskicker
    July 26, 2009

    I too have found these to be well worth the money and agree with everything that this review has presented it to be. DO NOT pass up the chance to enjoy this one. I was skeptical about the draw… was not disappointed. :)

  9. DJ
    October 23, 2009

    7.5 inches??? How long did the thing last?

    You guys have too much free time!

  10. Matt
    December 20, 2010

    My Review of the El Triunfador

    El Triunfador

    This is a rustic looking lancero. It has a very dark brown wrapper that is veiny and oily. The cigar is bumpy looking and topped off with a small pigtail cap. The draw is excellent for a Lancero. Don Pepin has some skilled rollers because he seems to put out a consistently good lancero no matter what line of cigars it is a part of. I saw online somewhere that this version of the El Triunfador is basically a Cabaiguan Maduro. I don’t know about the accuracy of that assertion, but I can tell you this is a darn good smoke. It packs a nice punch even after spending about 2 years in my humidor. It is a smooth smoke with strong flavors of wood and earth. It mellows a bit in the middle becoming predominately earthy with a bit of a coffee flavor in the background. The last third or so picks up again with lots of wood, earth, spice, and a subtle bit of licorice on the finish.

  11. Komodota
    January 29, 2011

    Just today, I found a near full box of these (the ORIGINAL Blend – aka the “Ghost Cigar” – 20 left in the box of 24) at my local B&M. Two years ago, the longtime cigar impressario guy at this place tried to turn me on to these since I am a fan of Lanceros and he knows what I like in a flavor profile. I brushed him off several times and said I was not interested. If I think back, it was the rustic look of the cigar. Whatever; in any case, I kept passing on these.

    And then I somehow earlier this week came upon your review; read it with great interest; Googled the stick; basically read a consistent theme/story about these and on a whim, called my guy to ask him if he still had that box laying around.

    OMG – he did. I quickly asked him if he could call his boss and ask if he would cut deal on these given that they had been laying around since October of 2008. OMG # 2 – he said yes! $9.00 a stick regular price became $7.25 a stick.

    Do I have to tell ya how “bee-u-tee-ful these babies look. Oily, fresh, a little (yay!) natural plume on them. YUM-MEE! Smoked one tonight – CI Classic 95+ review anyone? The other 19 are now nicely tucked away in my humi – sleeping beauty style to say oh, around 2 -3 years from now if I can resist. I can’t believe my luck and I have you to thank for it. THANK YOU!

    So excuse me while I check a sneak peek at my babies!!!!

  12. Komodota
    May 28, 2011

    Update – Dateline May 27th, 2011 @ 6:36 pm. Just returned from a business trip in LA. Message was waiting for me that my local B&M guy aka “The Hunter” found TWO more boxes of these – completely sealed/unopened. Is Memorial Day Weekend the new Christmas Weekend. Merry “Ghost Cigar” Day!! (yay1)

  13. The Cigar Spy
    December 15, 2012

    My Review

    Digging into physical interrogation, I found a flawlessly constructed cigar. The wrapper, a rough textured veiny Connecticut Broadleaf, was perfect around the cigar. To my fingers, it felt exactly how a cigar should be rolled: a balance of firm and even amounts of tobacco throughout the length of the cigar. The band was very unassuming to the cigar; it was not flashy or outspoken. It simply displayed the name of the cigar and the initials of its maker (PHJ). One set of initials (ANO) eluded me as to who it was. It would be appreciated if someone were to answer the riddle.

    Lighting the cigar with a wooden match, I was greeted with a slightly tighter draw than what I was used to. The draw did open up over the duration of the smoke, which was about an hour and a half. An immediate hint of a dull pepper greeted me right away. Nothing extravagant or overbearing. I also felt an ever so slight hint of coffee with the taste. And because of that, I think this would make a great cigar to match with a nice cup of coffee, no matter how strong you take it. It’s interesting too because most coffee paired cigars in my mind venture towards the milder side of the spectrum; this cigar reaches more to the medium body, especially once you get past the halfway mark. The strength almost immediately turns up a few notches, while not taking away from the enjoyment of the cigar. Finally, I felt the overall finish to the cigar was on the shorter side. Even being a medium bodied cigar, I did not wake up the next morning to cigar mouth.

    I did find that the ash, while having a nice whitish color, was easily flaked off the end. Keep that in mind if you are prone to joining in long ash contests. The smoke was plentiful with this cigar and seemed to hang in the room well after I had exhausted it.

  14. Zen Cigar
    June 7, 2013

    …and here is my own review of the Triunfador Lancero

    This is a very well made cigar, it’s triple cap with a pigtail and easy pre-light draw let me know this cigar was made well (although I will say some others at Empire Cigars that tried it had some construction issues).

    With its dark brown rustic looking wrapper and ample ligero visible from the punch hole, it is no surprise this starts off kinda strong and peppery. This is not the good kind of strong. The El Triunfador shows some youth, the strength is probably the presence of some ammonia that gives it a slight metallic taste and sourness in the back of the mouth. This does fade after the first inch and fades away as I smoke it further.

    Tatuaje El Triunfador

    After the cigar gets going, I get a strong tobacco flavor and this lancero has a long finish. There is some earthiness that lingers, but is overwhelmed by the tobacco flavor.

    Midway through this long stick, the El Triunfador really mellows out. This is slightly surprising but is kinda neat, as this shows some complexity (which better be present in a 7 1/2″ cigar). There is some nose spice in the exhale, but the tobacco flavor really mellows out and the earthiness comes to the foreground.

    This is a fairly strong cigar, but the strength/spice is different than in most Don Pepin/Pete Johnson cigars. Usually I expect an outright Cayenne pepper spiciness and some bitter notes, but this is something different. I’ve been trying to think of a way to describe this, but I am having problems. This strength/spice is similar to what I get from the Tobacos Baez. Its almost a woody spiciness, like a piece of hickory laced with Tobasco. For right now I’ll refer to this as the TBF (Tobacos Baez Factor).

    A third of the way through, the cigar really picks up again. I am begining to enjoy this evolving, complex cigar. The tobacco flavor somes back to the front but brings a friend, a nice bit of anise/licorice.

    Towards the end this cigar is going full-bore, rich with roasted coffee beans and a dusting of cocoa powder. This is finishing off fantastically!

    This cigar may have been rushed to be released, due to some trademark rules, but I think this will be a really good cigar with some age. It’s a solid “B”, but in 6 months or so this could be an “A” cigar for sure!

    Rating: 89 (B+)

  15. Matt
    October 14, 2013

    Good review, great cigar. Definitely smokes like a maduro. Need to get more, just finished my only one.

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