For nearly a century the name Trinidad has conjured up the richest, boldest flavor you could find in a cigar. The brand harks back to 1905 and Santa Clara, Cuba where two brothers, hardware traders Diego and Ramon Trinidad, bought their wares. They then travelled to remote villages on the outskirts of the city to sell them. One day, as they hauled their empty wagons back home, they noticed—truly noticed—the magnificent tobacco crops around them. Apparently it was a eureka moment from which we cigar fans are still benefiting. They filled their wagons with the bountiful crop and, upon their return to Santa Clara, began selling this lush commodity. Suddenly they were in the tobacco business.
With a Cigar Aficionado rating of 89, the Trinidad Reserve consists of a rich blend of aged Honduran and Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos, anchored by a Nicaraguan broadleaf binder and finished with a toothy and oily Cuban-seed Ecuadorian leaf with a rat tail cap. The cigar lights easily and evenly; the draw is a bit tight initially but loosens up. Look for consistent, grey ash. This full-bodied stogie is a hearty—even gutsy—smoke, without a hint of harshness. Expect a complex flavor profile that’s full of pepper and spices with hints of cedar, cocoa, leather, and earth. On a chilly winter's eve, sit by a fire with this cigar and a snifter of American Whiskey!
Honduras has been a tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing area for hundreds of years, but it was the Communist revolution in Cuba that really put Honduras on the map. In the 1960s, many Cuban cigar makers fled their homeland and arrived in Honduras to re-establish their way of life. The immigrants took advantage of the climate, soil, and geography, which were well-suited to tobacco growing, and began producing high quality cigars. The center of the Honduran cigar industry is the city of Danli and the nearby Jamastran Valley. The majority of the world’s pure Corojo tobacco is grown here, now that Cuba has stopped production of this iconic, spicy, and rich variety in favor of Corojo hybrids. Other important areas of Honduran cigar production include the Talanga Valley, Copan, and Trojes.
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