Origin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 167 x 16.67 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Price : ~$220 for a box of 12
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Trinidad Ingenios is the first limited edition by the brand, released in 2007. This classic lonsdale retails for around 18 USD per single and won’t be an everyday smoke for most of us. In this review I will try to determine whether it’s worth the premium.
The Ingenios looks rather rustic. Its wrapper is rough and marked by several discoloration spots. Furthermore, it seriously lacks oil as it slightly sticks to the lips when put in the mouth. The cigar exhales a pleasant tobacco aroma and the pre-draw is quite strong, full of woody flavors.
I was not annoyed by the construction of this cigar – it burned OK with a couple of corrections and the draw was nothing to complain about. It seems that the construction is not an issue with this vitola.
Upon lighting, the stogie is immediately powerful and, as the pre-draw indicated, totally woody. The smoke is tannic and moderately dry in the mouth, requiring a drink to pair it with. At the end of the first third, new flavors appear – first, a black pepper bomb, then, past the half-mark, a whole array of spices – among those I could name ginger, cinnamon and coriander (there is no sweetness though). This cigar has a very particular flavor profile and not everyone will like it.
I am tempted to say that the Ingenios is overpriced. Indeed, 18 USD is a lot of money, even for a limited release lonsdale. I would absolutely want to try a single before ordering a box.
Overall Rating :
Although the Trinidad Ingenios does not seduce with its looks, it certainly has potential thanks to its unusual flavor profile. Did it taste young? Hard to say, all we can do is revisit the cigar in a few years to see how it changed. Based on this tasting, I can only note the absence of ‘greenness’, characteristic of cigars that blatantly need ageing. As for our initial question, I am left thinking that this limited edition is completely different from the regular Trinidad line – and, in my humble opinion, less interesting. For the price/quality ratio and flavor, I’d rather go for a Fundadores or Reyes.