Trinidad Fundadores

Trinidad Fundadores

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Long Panatela (Laguito)
Size : 192 x 15.87 mm
Ring : 39
Weight : 13.91 g
Price : $370+ for a box of 24

Once I discovered that the Trinidad Fundadores were originally producted only for Fidel Castro, I just had to try one. Now, I see why!

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
The Trinidad Fundadores is surprisingly unattractive in appearance. The filler appears to be placed unevenly. This is one of those situations where the looks are truly deceiving. Don’t let it fool you.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
The construction of the cigar, once again isn’t overly nice in appearance, but it is truly just the appearance. It is actually constructed quite well with a very smooth and even draw and great aromatic smoke.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★★
From the first hit, mother earth. Nice woodsy flavor with so much texture. I assumed that it would become overwhelming as it burnt. By the second third, I was impressed. The texture and flavor remained, yet it seemed to smoke with such smoothness. The final third was a bit stronger, but still not enough to make me pry it from my fingers. Picture a scenic huge plain of rolling sand dunes. That’s what the Fundadores impresses upon you.

Value : Rating: ★★★★★
Absolutely the best of the best. These are great investments for gifts as well as personal use.

Overall Rating : Overall Rating: ★★★★½
If you consider yourself a true cigar connosieur, this is the one for you. They are so impressive that you won’t want to smoke them except on special occasions. The Fundadores are reminiscient of a fine Chablis.

11 Comments on “Trinidad Fundadores”

  1. It is a light and pleasant cigar, the flavors are not strong enough (for me). However, the volume of smoke is incredible for such a small gauge cigar.

  2. Stephen Keen says:

    Most of the time i would rather have a good fat cigar, but this skinnly little number was a nice change of pace for me. I agree that it wasn’t all that strong, but it made a good early morning smoke.

  3. It is very pleasant and a surprisingly smooth cigar. Great spice notes and woodsy flavors. I picked it up only because they were once made exclusively for Castro and I had to see what they were about. Truly amazing… you have to try one.

  4. Parfait du premier au dernier tiers si l’on aime
    la douceur et l’équilibre.Crémeux comme une bonne tasse de capuccino,belles notes de cêdre et d’épices.Moins intense que L’especial No 1
    de Montecristo mais tout aussi superbe
    (10.90 CUC soit $12.13 US à Cuba)

  5. golfgolf says:

    sent you my review on Fundadores but do not see it.can you explain why?

  6. @golfgolf
    It was in Italian. Please submit your comments in English only :)

  7. golfgolf says:

    Box ABR 09.Very good looking and nicely smelling cigar.Lights very smootly and burns nicely and evenly.Yelds quite an amount of smoke for this format.Very creamy in first third develops notes of toasted fruits and wood.Ends up with notes of cocoa,pepper and coffe.I have smoked all the Trinidad and this is my favourite.

  8. A great elegant cigar full of nice flavours, some have draw issues but great cigar, especially when aged.Always have two boxes for ageing.

  9. This one is deceptive for it’s ring size. A nice moderate smoke that smells good from both sides. Good indication of what makes Habanos different than the rest of the world.

  10. The first time I smoked on was in Mexico 1997. It was the most perfect cigar ever smuggled out of Cuba! I bought it on the black market and after smoking 2, I immediately went back and bought the rest of the box! I can’t tell you how they are in 2015 but back then, I wanted to move to Cuba, just to smoke that cigar! I was told it was for Castro only but I thought that was a sales tool to get me to buy it.

  11. Orlando Aguilar says:

    According to Adriano Martínez, a former executive of Habanos SA, in Min Ron Nee’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars, the Trinidad brand was first produced in 1969 at the El Laguito factory in Havana.

    In the early 90’s, the cigar received much attention in Cigar Aficionado after an interview with Avelino Lara (formerly the manager of El Laguito, and a producer of cigars for the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas until his death on October 27, 2009). In the 1992 interview, Lara claimed that Trinidad was an ultra-exclusive brand that only Fidel Castro was authorized to hand out as diplomatic gifts. Lara also claimed Trinidads were of a higher quality than the much-lauded Cohibas that had formerly been diplomatic exclusives before their mass-market release in 1982.

    Two sources have contradicted Lara’s claims: President Fidel Castro himself and the afore-mentioned Mr. Martínez. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado, when asked about Trinidads, Castro stated that he only gave Cohibas away as diplomatic gifts, and in his autobiography; my life, he claims to know very little of the Trinidad brand. In the Illustrated Encyclopedia, Martínez stated that Trinidads were actually a lower-level diplomatic gift than Cohiba cigars, made with a tobacco blend similar to that used in the Cohiba vitolas, but without the third barrel fermentation that Cohibas receive.

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