El Triunfador (Original blend)

3-14-12 been in humidor since 2-28-10

El Triunfador (Original blend) Lancero (7.5 x 38)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Blender: Pete Johnson

thank you Brandon (bbc020), wherever you are, for gifting me this back at Kuzipaluza. I hope you are doing well.

The wrapper on this, though dark in appearance, is not actually a maduro in the truest senses. It is naturally dark and does not get the extra fermentation at high heat and pressure that a leaf undergoes to be a true maduro.

This blend was designed to be released in Europe only basically so that the claims on the old Cuban name could be solidified. The plans were already in the works for the new blend that is currently on the market and banded in red. This original release was only in one size, the lancero and was to be limited in scope. The cigar received rave reviews, almost legendary in fact. Now the cigar is produced in small quantities in the My Father Factory.

If you would like to try this cigar in a different vitola, it is rumored that it is pretty much the Cabaiguan Maduro (a slight misnomer as mentioned above) blend. He never intended that line to have a lancero.

The wrapper isnt even in appearance. There is a definitive variation in tone over the length of the cigar. The triple cap has a pigtail finish to it. This is a very unassuming looking cigar. There isnt much to it.

the smell of the cigar unlitis very mild. Again, there is not much to it. The lick before the cut feels oily in the mouth and has a bit of a spice to it. There is also a sweetness to the lick. After a cut with a double guillotine the draw that is slightly tight has a licorice taste to it.

I light with a soft flame lighter. The first few puffs are milder than most of Pete Johnson’s blends. I shouldn’t be surprised given the rumor that this is basically the same blend as the Cabaiguan Maduro, a decidedly mild line. There are woody notes and a bit of a hint at spice. There is a soft sweetness and through the nose there is the classic woody spice that is a hallmark of Nicaraguan Tobacco. There is also a “deep musk.” I put this in quotes because it isnt rich or full flavored, but rather on the “bottom” of the flavor profile. I’m not sure how to explain it other than if it was music, it would be the bass line.

As the cigar settles in, the musk turns up a bit and a leathery quality sneaks in. the spice is light and mostly on the finish. It feels either slightly unbalanced or that it is missing something.

The middle third starts off mostly the same. The spice has died out a little. The wood notes prevail and the texture is slightly pulpy. At the mid point the cigar has proven to be not very complex in nature. It has good flavors so this doesnt seem to be much of a problem. The draw seems to be getting more difficult as the cigar moves along.

The final third has a bit more spice on the initial flavor. There is also a more defined wood taste. Cedar dominates the room note and also the finish. This has been the best third of the cigar so far. The draw however, keeps getting worse.

There is nothing that is actually bad that I can say bout this cigar. Unfortunately it has yet to “wow” me in any way. This cigar came with a ton of hype and though it is a good cigar, it does not live up to its reputation.

Burn to the nub

burn time: 1 hour 25 min

Burn: 10

Draw: 7.5

Taste: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Construction: 9

Balance: 8

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.6 of 10


~ by kuzi16 on March 14, 2012.

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