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