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:
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
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado
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.