Cigar Review: Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man & the “C”
Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man & the “C”
Size: Lancero (7 1/2″ x 38)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Price: $30 msrp (Coffin including 1 lancero and a Culebra)
Continuing the string of Tatuaje reviews for the week I decided to bring something out that’s been sitting at the bottom of the humidor since they were released last year, the Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man & the “C”. The Old Man and the “C” is a coffin box set consisting of 1 El Triunfador Lancero (2008 Blend) and a Culebra of three more lanceros twisted together.
The El Triunfador Lancero release of 2008 was a highly acclaimed release for Tatuaje and led to the full El Triunfador line up, albeit with a different wrapper. As I have been on both a lancero and a Tatuaje kick as of late, this was a great time to open the coffin and share the lancero, the Old Man, with ToastedFoot and our readers.
But enough about that, how’s it smoke?
Pre-Light: (1.9) First things first, the coffin presentation is fantastic. The coffin is sealed with a Tatuaje “warranty” seal. Within the coffin rests the lone lancero in one chamber, and the foil wrapped Culebra in another.
The broadleaf wrapper is dark, toothy, and has a bit of an oily sheen to it. The cap has a small pigtail to it and really accentuates the rustic look. The scent off the foot had elements of cocoa, graham cracker, and hay. After a snip with the “V” cutter the pre light draw reveals notes of cocoa and hay.
Burn: (1.6) The burn line started off crisp and the draw was open with a hint of resistance. About an inch and a half in the burn line fell apart and I experienced various degrees of waving and random burn spots where the tobaccos inside the wrapper would burn in advance of the wrapper. The Old Man required a couple of touch ups but to the credit of the skilled hands at the My Father Cigars factory, by the final third every burn issue was corrected and the Old Man burned true through the nub. The draw, on the other hand, offered a bit of resistance befitting the Vitola and didn’t have any of the draw issues this vitola is prone to suffer from.
Flavor: (2.9) With the first puff I was greeted with a warm medium spice. Within the first few puffs I was greeted to notes of charred oak, earthiness, and cocoa. As the first third progressed there were elements of grassiness on the finish. There is also a mild spice but nothing like the typical Pepin spice. It is far more subdued and plays a bit of a role in tying the flavors together.
Heading into the second third the main flavor elements stary the same but the constantly change to different degrees. One puff is cocoa over earth and charred oak. The next puff the earthiness takes the lead and cocoa is in the background. The dynamic nature of the flavor profile continues through the whole cigar. Early in the second third I am greeted with elements of charred fruit and more sweet tobacco. Every flavor mentioned dances through the smoke in different amounts in each puff.
Smoking through the final third there is a more pronounced earthiness in the flavor profile but the earthiness is the main platform through which all the other notes continue to dance. The Old Man has tremendously rich notes that truly are an adventure in smoke for the smoker. The strength never went above medium to me.
Overall: (2.9) Were there burn issues, yes, a few, but aside from that the El Triunfador Lancero delivered in spades. The Old Man was a great smoke; the flavors were smooth, rich, dynamic, and complex. I loved how no two puffs were the same but each puff delivered a complex mixture of the core flavors in differing amounts.
I can’t wait to have a few friends over to share the Culebra with, hell I may just untie it and enjoy them myself. The Old Man, or El Triunfador Lancero, is a terrific smoke.