Trinidad Coloniales

Trinidad Coloniales

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Coloniales (Corona)
Size : 5.2 x 44 (132 x 17 mm)
Price : ~$9 each

Continuing with a newcomer’s perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it’s a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.

Prelight: Excellent construction; not too tight, punches out well and draws nicely. Lightly veined and puckered, sweet smell. The cap is very well constructed with a pig-tail twist. I used the No2 hole of my Swiss Army Knife cigar punch and the draw is generous and may benefit from the smaller punch.

First third: Easy to roast foot and draw from roast. Instant rich cloud, fairly tangy but not bitter.The background bouquet is less obvious than the Reyes, but the flavour is fuller. Very chocolaty. Beautifully even burn & nice stack. At 44, the ring may be a bit of a mouthful for the beginner.

Second third: Pleasant nuttiness developing; having this with an American strength coffee which is being a bit overwhelmed, obviously quite robust and requires fuller flavours of drink & food. That said, the retro-inhale is mild and needs to be rolled around a lot, leaving a long after taste of fine Cuban. The stack remains very robust, holds well, minimal mess!

Final third: A very enjoyable part. The bouquet’s intensity increases though it is still comparatively mild without being insipid, making this a pleasant ambience. This cigar may safely be put down between draws without going out, demonstrating the excellent build quality.

One note of caution, it is imperative this have been well kept; at this length, any dryness will result in the wrapper peeling towards the end. I strongly urge buyers to ensure that, unless kept in a purpose made humidor, they ask the shop to put the stick in a cardboard sleeve and then into a small sealable plastic bag with a gentle spray of water. This will keep any cigar usable for a day or so. Additionally, most bigger dealers have purpose made sealable foil bags by EMS which are ideal.

In sum: An excellent medium size cigar for the beginner as well as the seasoned aficionado. All round full flavours, mild heat and medium spiciness; an ideal afternoon or evening smoke. Delightful!

Construction: Rating: ★★★★★
Flavour: Rating: ★★★★☆
Value for money: Rating: ★★★★☆

5 Comments on “Trinidad Coloniales”

  1. Geoff St. Germaine says:

    Nice review! I’ve enjoyed the Trinidad Robusto Extra and Short Robusto T EL 2010, so seeing this positive review of the Coloniales encourages me to try this cigar.

  2. Thank you for the patronizing and misguided advice about cigar storage – totally unnecessary.

    You do not roast a cigar; you toast it.

    I have never heard of a cigar having a “bouquet” or an “ambience”.

    A cigar beginner would have to be orthodontically challenged to find a petit corona “a bit of a mouthful.”

    Other than that, good try.

  3. Nice afternoon cigar. Not as well known as the Robudto, not as full as the Reyes.

  4. Whatever Mike, I thought he had a good crack at it and haS a fair description of the smoke. I find them more grassy coffee than described but other than that pretty close.
    Some folks, unlike us don’t have box upon box stacked away at 65% to age for years, and maybe like me you also started out just picking up the odd single from the local tobacconist, so the advice for storage for a few days is in line with that, I read nothing condescending into it. The Vitola is a couple or ring gauges up from a petite, and slightly longer,sitting between a Petit Corona and Corona Gorda. These are an amazing smoke given a couple of years, subtle and creamy, with really nice roasted bean, grassy coffee flavours with a little kick in the tail, perhaps they take a bit of experience to fully appreciate the subtle flavours changes but there is only one way to get such experience. i..e have a good go at it.
    Personally I just light my cigars, toast/roast the foot, yeah yeah whatever, of the many thousands I’ve had , I’m stuffed if I can taste the slightest difference in how I light the things.

    Like PC’s and Gordas you will encounter the odd one of these where the draw is a bit tight, though for some reason again age seems to open them up a little, failing that a thin metal poker down the guts makes them smokable.

  5. M. Andolini says:

    @ Mike R above – I just couldn´t resist your rather offensive point & MUST inform you (ad: ´I have never heard of a cigar having a “bouquet” …´) that YES, the cigar DOES HAVE a bouquet as well as aroma.

    As the BOUQUET is the smell of the cig BEFORE it is lighted, the AROMA is the smell while smoked (burning).

    Note: sadly, in the review, the term “bouquet” is wrongfully used in reversal …

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