Trinidad Robusto Extra

Trinidad Robusto Extra

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Double Robusto (Dobles)
Size : 156 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Price : ~€22 each

I have been looking forward to trying a cigar from the Trinidad line for quite some time. Although the price of the Robusto Extra scared me off a bit, I ended up splurging on one because I couldn’t seem to find a Trinidad available in any other format in Marseille. Needless to say, when I eventually lit this baby up, I was expecting a great deal from it.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
This is a beautiful cigar, with its cute and perfectly applied pig-tail end, and lovely warm-brown shaded wrapper. There were no protruding veins, and the cigar was smooth and silky to the touch. When I had bought the cigar at my local shop, it was in pristine condition. Unfortunately, by the time I got back home, the foot was slightly dammaged, as you can see in the picture.

After some cogitating, I understood the origin of the problem: Post my cigar purchase, I stopped by my favorite local vineyard (yes I am intent on making you feel envious about not living in the south of France, so suck it up.) to load up on two cases of their lovely, yet inexpensive, white and rosé wines for summer consumption. As it happens, there is a superb narrow, winding road, that twists through hill and dale on the way back from the vineyard. This wonderful stretch of road inevitably awakens the sports car driver in me (No I don’t own a sports car, but I like to pretend I do.) on every occasion I pass through, delicate cigars as passengers or not. The end result was that my inner sports car driver was quite satisfied, but my inner cigar smoker rather disappointed with my recklesness.

Trinidad Robusto Extra
Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
This was an almost perfectly rolled cigar; very well filled, and with a perfect draw. Taking a look at the foot you can observe the quality of the cigar. The ash was dense and not flaky at all. It fell off by itself after about the first inch, leaving an almost perfectly shaped cone, and then fell off only two more times through its entire length. The burn was not perfectly even, which is why it loses half a star, but never presented any real problems.

Trinidad Robusto Extra

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★★
Pre-draw presented spice and green tea. Upon light up, this cigar immediately warns you that it means business, and that it is definitely a full bodied cigar. It starts with a spicy bang as well as a very pleasant cuban twang which intensifies throughout the cigar. During the first third I detected, roasted nuts, herbs and coffee flavourings with a pleasant herbacious aftertaste. Well into the first third there was also a bit of white pepper and vanilla. By the second third the spices began to kick in more, but the smoke remained very smooth. The last third presented earthy undertones with a bit of vanilla at times and an overall powerful spicy profile and Cuban twang, never becoming harsh. The last third would be very nicely paired with a good Islay single malt whiskey, unfortunately I had none on hand.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
This is a bit hard for me to judge at it is an expensive cigar that does not quite fit my personal preferences in terms of strength, but I do believe that fans of powerful cigars will feel they spent their money well after smoking it.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★★
This is a very high quality, smooth smoking cigar with a reasonably complex flavour profile that is certainly a must have for fans of full bodied cigars. If you like Partagas and Bolivar, you cannot really leave this cigar out of your personal humidor. You will not be disappointed. Due to my own personal preferences, I would probably not purchase this particular format of Trinidad again. On the other hand, I greatly look forward to trying out the Trinidad Coloniales, and Robusto T when it comes out later this year.

15 Comments on “Trinidad Robusto Extra”

  1. tobacmon says:

    I love the Trinidad line–very good review!

  2. Beautiful stick despite the foot damage, my friend. The Reyes is a great short-format smoke with slightly less power for those with more sensitive palates. I hate to admit this but I rarely have time in which to smoke a double robusto unless I am on the beach or golf course. Judging by your review, this cigar deserves one’s undivided attention.

  3. Superb review! I really enjoy the Reyes, but I haven’t had a chance to try this one. It looks like I had better save up for it though.

  4. Thanks for the kind comments folks!

    I really want to try the Reyes out as well, maybe even more so than the Coloniales.

  5. Very nice review. Another cigar to put on my must try list.

  6. I like both the Reyes and the Colonial, but have yet to try the RE. Ive had two resting for two years, but Im afraid to smoke them. I might like them and they arent cheap.

  7. Nice review of the Trinidad Robusto. A great afternoon smoke with a bold kick to the cigar. Not for the average smoker.

  8. Tony Ricciardi says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite smokes. This is what a Cuban Cigar was meant to be.

  9. Very nice review indeed. Just had one and I have to say, it is a marvelous smoke. The last third is epic and makes Partagas D4 and P2 make a run for the money when it comes to power and intesity. To the point of almost overwhelming in the most civilised way.

  10. phathungarian says:

    I have one in the humidor, straight from Cuba.Like htown, affraid to smoke it in case I like it too much…Not just expensive, hard to find too. I love the Reyes.
    Thanks for the review!!

  11. Trinidad Robusto Extra

    The best cigar I ever had came home with me on an impulse – and it wasn’t even my impulse. The sales manager of my Kuala Lumpur retailer had placed two Trinidad Robusto Extras among the couple of dozen other cigars I had gone there to acquire.

    Hers was the best kind of salesmanship – if you’re going to give away a freebie, don’t toss in some cheap remainder-bin dog rocket nobody wants: invest the best.

    The two Trinidads she gave me looked shabby and sad, dusty and grey and frayed of foot. They’d been languishing in an open box on a back shelf for a long time. Nobody had wanted to buy these two (understandable, at about US$50 each in this country). I’d had a Reyes and a Coloniales in my time, and although there is no way not to be impressed by any Trinidad, the cost-benefit analysis didn’t compute for me.

    And I tend not to bother with little cigars. The TriniRobEx, though, was exactly my preferred size. After a few days in my humidor, the cigars had regained some suppleness and sheen. I lit one. Two hours later, the sales manager was chagrined to tell me they didn’t have stock at present, and so she could not sell me a box of these cigars.

    Within a fortnight, I had acquired two boxes of 12.

    I’ve regretted significant box purchases before – my tastes changed before I could finish consuming 25 Partagas Serie D robustos, for instance, or Partagas 8-9-8 lonsdales. One gets bored; familiarity can breed contempt. I enjoy variety: I maintain four humidors of mostly Cubans, Dominicans and Nicaraguans, of about a dozen makes of every size and shape from corona on up to the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona and Partagas Lusitania.

    These Trinidads are now the cream of my crop; top of the heap; pride of my stash. I hope some of these first 26 will still be in my humidor years from now. And somewhere among them may be the second one she gave me – the greatest treasure of the lot, because it was free, and the oldest of them all.

    I’m not a cigar reviewer. I have never been bothered to figure out what other things cigars taste like. I’m more apt to inhale deeply the fragrance of a forest or rain on fresh-cut grass and think of the cigar to complement it. But there are other ways to express appreciation for these minor miracles of Man and Nature, and this is one.

    Thank you.

  12. The duty free cigar store at the Kuala Lumpur Airport had this on promotion last week and the sales person highly recommended it. She said that she had customers that swear by this cigar. I picked up a box of 12 and after smoking a couple and one with friend last night I am kicking myself for not taking the last box. This is by far my best smoke in a long time. I’m definitely going to look for this online and stock them up in my humidor.

  13. very creamy smoke reminds a bit of the cohiba behike

  14. The Robusto Extra is a true Classic. Defiantly a bit prices, but I prefer it to any of the Cohiba Siglo line. I feel its one of the best cigars on the market.

  15. Have a few sticks left from my 2011 Box. The one I now smoke is very same as this review from -09.Lot of taste, full body for shore. And yes, same quality as a siglo6.
    First inch uneven burn but then very sharp strait cut all around. a bit strong when I compare it with my EL Trinidad from 2007 whish is a extremely smoot cigar. After 90min smoke in to the nub still good and no harsh. Peppar, coffee, dark chocolate.

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