Review: Tatuaje H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

The Tatuaje H-Town Lancero was made exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston.  I've never been there, but from what I hear they have an impressive selection of lanceros.  And over the last few years they have added several "store exclusive" lanceros to their inventory.  The Tatuaje H-Town Lancero is the latest addition to what is becoming an impressive list.

Below is a list of all of the H-Town exclusives:

  • Tatuaje H-Town Lancero
  • Alec Bradley H-Town Nica Puro Lancero
  • La Palina H-Town Lancero
  • Crowned Heads H-Town Four Kicks Lancero
  • Fratello H-Town Lancero
  • Room 101 H-Town Namakubi Ecuador Lancero
  • Quesada H-Town Espana Lancero

As far as I can tell, this is the complete list.  If any are missing, let me know.  They are all currently available at Stogies as well ranging in price from $7.95 - $10.00 per stick.

Tatuaje H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

Size: 7 x 40

Vitola: Lancero

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

MSRP: $10.00

Samples smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review were purchased from Stogies World Class Cigars

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: The band features the Stogies logo on the red, white, blue and gold Tatuaje Exclusive Series art.  Given that I love to track down these Tatuaje Exclusives, I have come to love the sight of "Tatuaje Exclusive Series" on any band.  It makes me happy.

The Tatuaje H-Town has a traditional lancero look with a small flag cap. The Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado wrapper has a rustic look to it and smells strongly of earth and barnyard with some mild baking spice notes as well.  The cold draw was a little snug and offered notes of raisins and cocoa with an interesting grassy flavor.

Beginning: Things got off to a nice start with notes of espresso, earth and a mild cocoa sweetness.  There was a hot white pepper spice on the retrohale that threatened to wash out all the other flavors.  I personally retrohale about 50% of the smoke on just about every draw.  With the H-Town lancero I found myself retrohaling about 25% of the smoke.  The spice was just a bit too much for the rest of the flavor profile to handle.

Middle: The espresso and cocoa notes disappeared and were replaced by peppercorn and a dry smokey flavor.  The overall flavor profile was very earthy and smokey.  The white pepper was still present on the retro and cut through the earthy flavors quite nicely.  There was not a lot of complexity here, but the flavors that were present was quite balanced.

End: The final third offered very little change in the profile.  The peppercorn note came and went, but it didn't have that much of an impact.  I was hoping the cocoa would return and bring some sweetness to the show, bit dice.  Frankly, I was a bit bored after the first third.

Final Thoughts: I know this won't be a popular statement on the CigarFederation forums, but I was underwhelmed by the Tatuaje H-Town Lancero.  There simply wasn't enough complexity for me.  The be fair, I am not a big fan of overly earthy or spicy cigars.  So when the profile is mainly earth and spice, it's not going to tickle me in a place that I like to be tickled.  The construction was top notch as we have come to expect from Tatuaje and the folks at My Father.  This isn't a bad cigar, it just isn't in my wheelhouse.  If you like earthy and spicy smokes, then you will probably love this one.

Rating: 85 "I'd grab a couple"

I bought a 5-Pack from Stogies specifically for this review, but I can't say I'd buy another 5er.  I have one for my Tat collection and one left to smoke at some point, but I'll probably end up trading it away.

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Comment by An Phan on November 16, 2015 at 12:29pm

Lancero???

85?

Damn

Comment by Charlie on November 16, 2015 at 12:29pm

I was a huge fan of this cigar (but I love earthy/spicy cigars)...I felt the retro greatly improved the profile, but then again I love spice/pepper on the retro. I totally agree that this had very little complexity...it would have been a better profile if there were more flavors/transitions but overall I really like these...Great review Rob, I finally agree ;-)

If this was a mild cigar I wouldn't have liked it as much....

Comment by Charlie on November 16, 2015 at 12:35pm

An, if your a pepper head like me this is more in the 89-90 range imho...


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Comment by RobbyRas on November 16, 2015 at 1:09pm

Charlie - we're finally on the same page!  There was nothing wrong with this cigar... it performed well, but the flavor profile was just not my bag... i agree with your assessment on rating too... 

I want to give the rest of the H-Town Lanceros a try tho... i hear the La Palina is great and I am really intrigued by the Four Kicks...

Comment by Charlie on November 16, 2015 at 2:35pm

Looking forward to each and every H-Town review ;-)


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on November 17, 2015 at 8:07am

Rob I completely agree with your review. I am a huge Tat fan, but this one just like you bored me. Yeah great construction, nice burn, no issues just meh.

Same with the Alec Bradley as well......I really liked the Robusto, but the H-Town Lancero was meh,

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