The Tatuaje El Triunfador Is A Memorable Cigar In Every WayThe Tatuaje El Triunfador has been around for several years, though the name has been around for much longer. It references an old legendary line of cigars produced in Cuba, and its concept is worthy of old Havana itself. With such a hallowed name, it’s no surprise that the blend was entrusted to Pete Johnson, one of the most respected blenders in the industry. Aficionados rarely can come to a consensus on anything, but most can agree that when Johnson makes a cigar, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. And, in this case, the attention is well deserved. This stick is memorable in every way.

The cigar comes with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It’s a slight reddish brown, and though it has a few visible veins, it is mostly smooth and slightly oily. The band is red on stamped gold and features the name of the blend in plain white type. It is available in seven vitolas including a Petite Corona (4 3/8 x 42), Robusto (5 x 48), Belicoso Fino (5 1/2 x 52), Gran Corona (5 5/8 x 46), Toro Grande (5 7/8 x 54), Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 40) and Lancero (7 1/2 x 38). In general, the ring gauges on this line are slim, so the smoke has a pronounced look that is eye-catching. As for the taste, the cold draw creates a sweet flavor that reviewers described as raisin like. 

The first-third of the Tatuaje El Triunfador starts off with a little pepper, but it’s not anywhere near the explosive opening volleys that smokers have become accustomed to. The raisin sweetness detected on the cold draw makes its way to the profile as well, filling in the top spot once the pepper drops back a bit. Sharing the spotlight is a wood note that aficionados likened to roasted oak. Perhaps most notably is how the flavors develop throughout the initial third. The flavors ramp up strength gradually, eventually hitting a pretty high plateau as the stick transitions into the middle third. 

During the second-third, a spice flavor emerges and soon develops into a cedar spice. It is especially noticeable in the smoke itself, so it produces an extremely aromatic quality that livens up the flavor profile further. Around halfway in, the cedar spice shifts a bit and takes on a peppery taste. 

The last third of the Tatuaje El Triunfador maintains the same general mix of flavors, with a peppery spice and raisin sweetness playing a game of tug of war. For the most part, the raisin flavor remains dominant, but the pepper provides a strong secondary note. The wood is still present as well and fills out the background with a dry, roasted flavor.

This smoke is a down-the-middle medium and doesn’t have much complexity to it, so it is extremely accessible. However, what it lacks in complexity it more than makes up in the realization of the flavors. It’s also perfectly constructed, so it doesn’t need to be babysat once lit. This, along with its agreeable, gentle flavors makes this stick ideal for a smoker who likes to get lost in thought while enjoying a cigar.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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