In part two of our lancero comparison series, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between two cigars of a very highly sought-after make. Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje brand has invigorated the cigar world with its range of extremely high quality full-flavored cigars. Master blender Don Pepin Garcia has achieved what some would consider unparalleled success in duplicating the Classic Cuban flavor profile for Tatuaje. Truly a dynamic-duo, Johnson and Garcia have created one of the best lines of cigars available today.
Our present experiment pits the Tatuaje Regios, a 5.5 x 50 robusto, against the Especiales. At 7.5 x 38, the Especiales is an elegant and classic lancero- a perfect foil for the Regios. Both cigars, of course, are of the same Nicaraguan pedigree. A Nicaraguan filler, binder, and Corojo ‘99 wrapper make these beauties perfect puros, and rather strong ones at that. How exactly will the lancero stack up against the robusto? For a sneak peak at what to expect, we’ve been provided with the Tatuaje Relative Cigar Strength Chart courtesy of Andrew at Vitolas.net.
Note that the Especiales is the mildest of this particular series, although still a full-bodied cigar; while the Regios packs approximately one third the ballbusting power of the legendary Cojonu 2006. An important theme of our Lancero Comparison Series is our attempt to determine whether the characteristic differences between the “conventional” sizes and lanceros are categorically do to the lancero’s relative lack of filler. Will this study in Lancero-logy yield the deciding results? Find out here.