Over the weekend Brian and I attended a couple Tatuaje events in the DC Baltimore area. During those events we got a chance to talk to Pete Johnson about his cigars, hear a few stories, and smoke a ton of his cigars. One fo these cigars, was the newly blended El Triunfador. Prior to the event I purchased a fiver of the Petit Coronas that we sampled prior to the events. During the course of the events we acquired a few Lanceros, and without giving too much away, we were amazed at the differences between the two vitolas.
So check out the video as we smoke both the Petit Corona and Lancero; you might find our views interesting.
Name: El Triunfador (new blend)
Company: Havana Cellars
Made by: Don Pepin Garcia
Made in: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Comes in: Boxes of 25
Vitola: No. 5 Petit Corona (4 3/8″ X 42) & No. 6 Lancero (7 1/2 X 38)
Although we realize that the size of a cigar can alter the overall flavor and body, it’s often not as obvious until you do a vertical tasting. Although this wasn’t a complete vertical tasting, we still got to see just how different the new El Triunfador is between the Petit Corona and Lancero.
The Petit Corona was a good cigar, but the over-the-top spice really took away from the rest of the cigar. Brian and I both agree, that this cigar would really benefit from six to twelve months of age. In that time we would expect the sharpness of the spice to mellow and allow the cigar to be a bit more well rounded. The Lancero, however, already has a well rounded flavor profile. Our final recommendation would be to buy both with the intention of smoking the Lancero now, and aging the Petit Coronas.