El Triunfador: Petit Corona vs. Lancero

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
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
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.

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Wow. Reminds one how *personal* a business this is. Authors? Moviemaker? Even politicians… Don’t get to talk, meet, hang, SMOKE with THOSE so much. Long live the tobacco artists!

Looks like another Pete Johnson stick that I will have to try.

Great comparison! I guess I should have picked your brains before I bought a box of the #3’s lol

I really liked the comparison between the sizes! People have suggested for me to do the same thing across a line with all vitolas to see the difference.

Great meeting you guys!


Thanks for the reviews. More smokes to add to the “must try” list.

Great review guys! I can’t wait to try this cigar.

I’ve only had the petite corona size so far, but I have to agree with you all’s assessment. I had read somewhere that Pete rated the El Triunfador only a 4 on the body scale, but the the PC I smoked Friday was more like a 7. I’m interested in trying the other 2 sizes I picked up, one of which was the lancero.

As far as the biggest difference I’ve ever had in a cigar, it’s definitely the Alec Bradley Tempus. I’m not a big fan of the line as a whole, but the lancero aka the Creo is a revelation. A truly great smoke.

Another new one to try…although I kind of wish Pete hadn’t decided to go with a whole new blend under the same name. Seems like this should have received a new name.

Definitely atop my “to try” list. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this cigar and especially the lancero vitola. Thank you for the side by side.

Great review guys, the comparison was really nice. Would definitely love to see the different vitola comparisons for other new line releases. Definitely helpful, thanks!

Anyhow, I had a chance to try the El Triunfador No.3 (5 5/8 x 46) a couple of weeks ago that I received in a sampler pack…and I can say that it really blew my mind. Much more like the experience you guys had with the lancero – no harshness, some sweet wood and earth, but I really noticed a floral almost cherry backdrop to the flavor. The No.3 really didn’t have any harshness or overwhelming spice at all throughout the smoke. Overall, excellent smoke, and excellent line. Highly recommended. Just received a fiver of the No.4’s, so hopefully this continues…

I’ve heard from the other cigar website written on the small cigars size; in which, they are depending on how good the wapper of the cigar ageing process. It is great to see the comparsion of the same cigars that the cigar size and length are so differences in taste. thanks…

I’ve only smoked two of the #3s. I like the cigar. A lot of flavor of being a mild-medium. Both cigars burned nicely and were constructed well. I’m usually a medium-full smoker and there was plenty going on with the smoke to keep me interested.

Definitely a winner.

Haven’t tried this line and my local shop doesn’t have it. Looks like I’ll have to look online where to buy these. Thanks for the review.

I’ve heard these were good, but impossible to find locally. I might have to suck it up and buy a 5er online or something. These sound good.

I have yet to have anything lancero. The reviews about lanceros has renewed my interest in aquiring a few. My only problem with that vitola is that it’s still a fairly rare one. Few rollers can make one and it shows in the availability. Doesn’t make me want one any less.

That was very interesting, have not yet had the chance to try two smokes the same as you did,will have to try to do that some day. I am new to trying different cigars,just got into smoking cigars about two years ago,having a hard time tasting the cigar, if you know what I mean.

Definitely want to try these guys out, since I loved the original blend.

I’ll definitely give these sticks a try. I’m a sucker for petit coronas, they’re perfect short smoke.

I like the way to did this review. It was very informative. For my experiences, the Tatuaje Havana VI Hermosos stands out as a different flavor experience than any other of the Havana VI vitolas. It is particularly evident in the predominate cherry flavors that come out in the Hermosos size. Thanks again!

Almost picked one of these up the other day at my local b&m but went with something else.I’ll pick a couple up next time I’m in there.

Very nice review!! The vitola comparison gaves us a real insight into the sane blend in different sizes!! Like the concept!! My only negative to the review….brian…get a new jersey dude!! GO PENS!!! LOL

Nice review! I love head-to-head reviews, I’d love to see more of these!

As far as the El T, I’ve not had the petite corona but love that size typically, so I’d like to try it. I’ve had the robusto and must say it did nothing at all for me. I didn’t dislike it, but I’d not buy more.

I recently burned a lancero, however … and let’s just say that I haven’t been able to get that cigar out of my mind! A truly awesome smoke. I wish I were made of money and I’d buy a box tomorrow, lol.

Oh, and to answer the vitola question:

Tatuaje Victorias–totally different (imvho, better) than the rest of the Havana VI line

Tatuaje Brown Label–the Noella, Especialles, and Unicos are all awesome, but all totally different tasting cigars.

My Father Lancero–another example of a lancero having a lot more flavor than other vitolas

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto–far more flavor than the larger sizes to me

Illusione “Original Document–the 88, cg4, 69, and f9 are all awesome and share that Illusione tobacco core, but are very different cigars

Liga Privada Flying Pig–I love the regular LP#9s, but the Flying Pig really is a notch above, imvho, and a very fun and unique size

Bolivar Corona Extra–This vitola is so much better than the others I’ve had, it’s just plain odd. Not that the others aren’t good, but the CE is just amazing.

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