I admit it; I’m a sucker for unique packaging when it comes to cigars. I’m an even bigger sucker when I find out that the unique cigar inside the unique packaging is actually a phenomenal smoke. This was the case when I smoked the Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man and the C. To explain the Old Man and the C, it’s basically a coffin in which you get a 2008 El Triunfador lancero (which is the original release year of the El Triunfador) and then you get three more lanceros wrapped in a culebra (basically three cigars wrapped together and tied at both ends so they stay together). Now with the Old Man and the C, you’re supposed to smoke the lancero and pass the culebra amongst three friends, so I was lucky enough to have three friends, Matt, Steel Curtain Joyce and JoePa to share my cigars with.
Now I reviewed the 2008 lancero, which has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler and sits at 7 ½ x 38, so it’s a tall, skinny sucker. The El Triunfador has a ton of flavor and it seems like it alternates between spicy and sweet on every puff. This trend continues into the second third when the sweet and spicy flavors die down a little bit, but keeps the same pattern of alternating between spice and sweet while a bit of cocoa after taste remains. The burn and draw are perfect through the second third.
In the final third, the smoke transitioned to a very strong sweet flavor that is akin to a dark fruit of some type while the spicy notes mellow out. The draw and the burn remain perfect. Overall, the 2008 El Triunfador lancero is an absolutely fantastic medium to full bodied smoke that I’d have no problem paying $30 for, especially since you’re getting four cigars in the coffin. Overall, I’d give it 4 flames. That does it for the Old Man and the C, so let us know what you think and until next time – Happy Smoking.
Reposted with permission from thegarshop.com