The best thing about smoking cigars is the relaxation they provide.  If you think about it, nine times out of ten you see cigar smokers sitting back and talking, maybe reflecting on the day, I mean you almost never see a guy smoking at cigar while running at full speed.  Finding a brand that really suits your tastes makes it even more pleasurable - something almost alchemical.  In finding one of Pete Johnson's top shelf brands, the El Triunfador (el TREE-oon-fa-DOOR), I discovered something so fine and pleasurable that I have a hard time putting into words.
Over the Summer, I ran into a couple of the El Triunfador Lonsdale Especials and as a result, I had a mindset that every one of that series of cigars would taste similar.  The Lonsdale is long, thin, with a highly fermented dark wrapper, and not that easy to smoke.  So, in coming across the rest of the line, that is to say the NORMAL line, my expectations were not that high.
On an interesting side note, I heard that Pete Johnson of Tatuaje finds old defunct Cuban brands and resurrects them into his own creations.  The El Triunfador is one of these.  So how did this cigar stack up?  Let's find out....
Construction: The number 7 is a big, heavy, fat Toro with a gorgeous supple wrapper that is soft with an almost peach-fuzz feel.  I enjoy the larger rig gauges like this one and a Toro size is easily a 45 minute smoke - or more.  The construction is flawless and really a thing of beauty.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw:  The unlit aroma of this cigar is sweet tobacco and a hint of something like spiced hay.  Hard to describe.  After clipping the triple cap, I was treated to that wide open draw that prevails the entire Tatuaje line with a nice milk chocolatey creamy tobacco flavor just begging me to light it.
Light and Burn: The El Triunfador lights perfectly and burns with a solid laser perfect and self-correcting light gray ash.  I only touched the thing up in the last two inches just to finish out the smoke.  This is another Tatuaje creation that puts off copious amounts of smoke with an absolutely awesome aroma.  The binder and filler are clearly high-quality.  I had a fellow stop me when I was puffing on one of these at an outdoor festival - because the cigar smelled so good - and asked me what it was.
Tasting:  The flavors of the number 7 are complex and simply delicious.  There are loads of cedar and ample amounts of coffee backed by a nice mellow earthy flavor.  The cigar starts out with a terrific floral spicy taste that is just amazing.
Value: The El Triunfador No. 7 runs around $8 and is, in my opinion, a terrific buy.
Final Thoughts: I listened to Pete Johnson talk about this blend in a short podcast wherein he states that the El Triunfador is a perfect morning cigar with a cup of coffee and the morning newspaper.  I can easily see where he gets this idea from.  It's aromatic, mild, smooth, and delicious.  If I could smoke at my desk at work, this cigar would become a daily ritual.  Highly recommended!
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Size: 5 7/8x54
Another thing I like with this cigar is the artistry of the band.  Very simple and attractive.
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