cigar review

Trinidad: Topes

The next cigar I am going to try as part of my cigar challenge is from the Trinidad cigar brand. I will be smoking the Trinidad Topes cigar.

The stats:

Length: 4 7/8″ 
Ring Gauge: 56
Strength: Medium
Country of origin: Cuba
Cost: £30.05 @ Havana House

Trinidad Topes cigar

Background:

Trinidad is a Cuban brand of cigars named after the beautiful 16th Century city of La Santísima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, situated on Cuba’s south coast.

The Trinidad brand was first produced in 1969 at the El Laguito factory in Havana. 

The Trinidad brand

Much like Cohiba, Trinidad cigars started their life as exclusive cigars that would only be given to foreign officials as gifts.

The cigars were eventually made available for the general public in 1998.

Today Trinidad cigars are manufactured in Cuba by Habanos S.A. and Spanish Altadis in the Dominican Republic, a subsidiary of Imperial Brands.

My experience:

I smoked the Trinidad Topes before when I made a trip to The Wellesley and absolutely loved it!

Smoking a Trinidad Topes earlier this year at The Wellesley.

The Trinidad Topes is a short, large ring gauge cigar with a pigtail on its cap, which feels like a nice unique touch.

The cigar band is gold and yellow, moving away from the traditional looking red, white and gold Cuban cigar band. The gold and yellow combo give the cigar band quite a classy look.

The cigar has a Corojo wrapper.

As I cut the cap with my cigar cutter, I made a grave error. You can twist the pigtail off instead. Knowing me, I would probably screw it up and pull the whole wrapper apart, so probably a safe bet that I stick to my initial approach.

I get a bit of cedar, woody and oak upon lighting this cigar through a tight draw, then comes a rich spicey sweet flavour note, with a bit of fruit towards the second third.

This particular cigar has an uneven burn to it, and it feels like quite a dry smoke. I am not enjoying this cigar as much as I did when I was at the Wellesley. But this emphasises the importance of the conditions you surround yourself with when smoking a cigar.

The aroma is quite something. A cloud of lovely rich cigar smoke is oozing out of this Trinidad Topes across my balcony. A great feeling!

Based on both occasions that I have smoked this cigar, my rating is 8.5 out 10.

Next up… I will be smoking the FINAL cigar from my cigar challenge 😳. It begins with a ‘Z‘! Can you guess what it is?

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