Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.5" x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10 each
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This is another creation from Pete Johnson of Tatuaje cigars. “El Triunfador” means “The Winner” in Spanish and is a line that, as I understand it, is being introduced in limited quantities to preserve the trademark. Let me just say that, as far as I’m concerned, this cigar lives up to its name.
Most cigars produced by Pete Johnson have a fairly rustic look. This stogie is no exception. The oily wrapper is a Connecticut broad leaf and is almost black in color. There are numerous veins, but, overall, the cigar is wrapped nicely. It also exhibits a pigtail cap to compliment the look.
I have smoked several of these cigars and have yet to experience a problem with burn or draw. The wrap is nice and tight. The feel is firm to the touch.
Pre-light, there existed a subdued barnyard aroma. Upon lighting, quite frankly, I was blown away by this stick. Going into the smoke, I was not anticipating what lied ahead. You are immediately presented with a smooth, creamy leather and earthy taste that quickly moves to wonderful cocoa and coffee flavors. About a third of the way in, I experienced a sweet vanilla taste that I do not remember finding in any other smoke this year. These flavors flip-flopped throughout the smoke and about halfway in a pleasing peppery spice awoke. If the cigar didn’t change any more, I would have loved it. However, the best part was yet to come. About two-thirds of the way in, I experienced a magnificent, sweet, cinnamon flavor that really set this cigar apart from the mundane. All of these flavors came and went during the experience, and the cigar ended with a refined taste of earthy, tobacco flavor. I loved it!
At about $10 a stick, this cigar is a steal. There is so much hype and disappointment these days. It seems that nearly every marca has a cigar or two in this price range. Well, let me assure you that this $10 stick is in a league of its on. I would pay twice that for this smoke.
Overall Rating :
Can you tell that I’m really impressed with this cigar? Well, I smoked one and was blown away. I smoked two and thought “Dang, what a smoke!”. I have since smoked several more and I have yet to experience an even mediocre experience. Find one of these stogies and light it up. You won’t be disappointed. Let me warn of one thing though, make sure you take your time and enjoy the cigar. If you smoke too quickly, it will burn hot and these wonderful flavors will turn bittersweet. However, if you smoke it the right way, you will enjoy the ride!