In 2011, Tatuaje released a special edition Culebra + Lancero called “The Old Man and the C,” a play on a Hemingway novel. The Old Man was a single regular lancero in the original El Triunfador (brown label) blend and the “C” was short for Culebra, 3 more of the Triunfador lanceros twisted and tied together with string. I got to split one of these with 3 friends at Burns one evening; truly a very nice smoke. I had no real compulsion to buy more sets of those, though, because the El Triunfador lancero was fairly easy to come by still on its own. Enter 2012 and the second Old Man and the C set, this time featuring the Black Label. If I’m not mistaken (and I might be...I’m not a Tatuaje brand historian), this is the first time a full lancero of the Black Label has been available, and if it’s not the absolute first time, it is almost definitely the first time it’s been widely available. So a total of 4 Tat Black Lanceros (3 tied together in a Culebra) for just over $30...not bad considering that the Black Label Petite Lancero retails for about $9.25 each, making 4 of that shorter vitola about $37. So I went ahead and bought a set. In case you’ve not had the Black Label (properly called the “Private Reserve”) before, they are a Nicaraguan puro with a Criollo ’98 wrapper and are produced in the My Father Cigar factory.