Trinidad Temptations

The first Habano brand bearing the name of one of the seven founding towns of Cuba appeared in 1969. From then on, it has had a privileged spot among those who bet on products of the highest standards.

Created under the umbrella of Cohiba, Trinidad served in its early days as diplomatic gift by the Cuban revolutionary government. In 1997, the brand was released to the international market with the vitola Fundadores, with factory name Laguito especial No.1 (ring gauge 40 / length: 192mm).

The market launching in 2004 of factory vitolas Coloniales, Reyes, and Robusto extra — the latter discontinued afterwards— allowed to expand Habanos’ vitola portfolio. Its temptations bloomed due to its unique vitolas, which showed exoticism and great aroma richness; as well as a demanding quality control that guaranteed a remarkable commercial success.

Trinidad was originally made at El Laguito. But the whole production was later moved to the cigar factory Ventura Donatien, in Pinar del Rio. Even with a small vitola portfolio, each of its vitolas are remarkable and different. This is a mild-tasting Habano with the Lancero distinctive tapered tip.

From a total of 60 vitolas in Limited Editions, only three from the Trinidad vitola portfolio hold this category. The first was Ingenios in 2007 (Factory name Cervantes, ring gauge 42, length: 165mm). Robusto Short T appeared three years later (Factory name Short del Valle, ring gauge 50, length: 102mm); and afterwards, in 2016, the successful Topes, with the same factory name, ring gauge 56, length: 125mm.

The tasting notes of Trinidad’s standard vitola portfolio and their matching relations make up a gamut of alternatives capable of reigning among those faithful fans of Habanos, which only the most authentic and never-failing matching can achieve:

Trinidad Fundadores

Ring Gauge: 40

Length: 192mm

It is one of the classic Habanos vitola. It starts with a mild flavor having an impressive aromatic richness. Woody aroma, soft floral notes; roasted notes resembling nuts, and honeyed notes —all of them well-balanced— are among the aromas we can enjoy. Bitter aromas are moderate, elegant, and the aftertaste looks long and harmonious with a strong capacity to eventually improve.

It is a Habano for experienced connoisseurs. It needs technique to smoke a cigar; due to its diameter, the puff cannot be quick as it may be overheated, affecting the flavor. Take your time to puff on this exceptional Habano.

This Habano should be paired with aging rums:

Highly recommended: Havana Club San Cristobal 480 Aniversario and Havana Club 15 years old rum.

These are aged rums structured with a lingering aftertaste consistent with the end of this classic Habano.

Recommended: Glenlivet 18 years old Single Malt. Highland. This is one of the Single Malts I appreciate the most. Paired with this silky, structured Habano, it provides a longstanding aftertaste.

I enjoy Fundadores with a Taittinger Comtes champagne, an imposing blanc de blancs with a lot of richness of taste, which perfectly matches with that vitola.

Reyes

Ring Gauge: 40

Length: 110mm

Impeccable made, with slight earthy and balsamic notes. This modest cigar is top with its intense roasted aroma and cocoa notes. Its aromatic richness is remarkable. Very pleasant smoke with a profound and long finish. I rather match it with modern, aged rum made in central Cuba.

Highly recommended: Cubay 10 years old           

Soft, balanced, velvety rum with a long, but elegant aftertaste. A matching to remember.

Recommended: Cardhu Single Malt. Speyside

This single malt is quite demanding for the proposal made by Reyes. Both achieve a very good relationship.

Coloniales

Ring Gauge: 44

Length: 110mm

The first puffs are structured with an interesting aromatic richness, earthy profile with woody notes and permanent roasted notes. It is complex in the tasting phase, highlighting the musk and mushroom. It has one of the most intense long aftertaste aromas. A Habano that conveys power and virility with a finish to remember.

Highly recommended: Havana Club 15 years old

From the Havana Club iconic collection, it gathers power and longevity. It seems particularly suitable for this intense Trinidad.

Glefiddich 15 years old Single Malt. Speyside, a single malt of remarkable complexity and great taste richness, long and silky mouthfeel.

Vigia

Ring Gauge: 54

Length: 110mm

Singular vitola with notes of orange peel, wood, rich with earthy tips, soft, well-structured, with strong aromatic power highlighting balsamic, eucalyptus, and permeated with woody flavor triggering a delicious bitter finish common in Cuba’s dark tobacco. It is complemented with the Whisky Vintage reserve and the aged rum in a suggestible finish. Both suggestible beverages are pairing collections.

Highly recommended: Cuba Remedio rum 500 Aniversario

The combination of both is certainly irresistible. This aged rum, complex in its aromas and flavors: round, velvety with a seducing aftertaste, compensates for the elegant puff of such small but respectable Habano. At the same level of the Single malt.

Glenrothes Vintage Reserve. De Speyside.

The ultimate expression of Glenrothes style. This multi-award-winning single malt collects 10 vintages; 1992, 1991, and 2001 among others. It is delicious, rich mouthfeel with malty notes very well embedded, seductive and multifaceted in aromas, pretty close to the Kings’ powers.

Tasting and Matching of Trinidad Limited Edition

Trinidad Topes Limited Edition 2016 has had marked success in the international specialized media. Its filler or blend is known due to its mild character, well balance and long, elegant puff. It is also known by its brilliant, oily dark wrapper.

At first, Topes is dense and rich in aromas with floral and spicy notes. Complex in the aftertaste with a lingering and balanced mouthfeel, it stands out for its creaminess as well as the joy of its tasting richness.

It is a Trinidad, different in its structure, velvety with an interesting potential to eventually improve.

Highly recommended: Ron Santiago 20 years old

Rich in the aromatic profile with oak and roasted notes; nuances of cocoa and nuts such as walnuts; vanilled. I love it paired with the Topes as both have similar profiles.

Recommended: Single malt Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or Sauternes cask.

A single malt with a rare finesse, delicate, pioneer in the use of barrel finish. The Sauternes’ cask provides caramel and a lovely toasted brioche note. Elegant mouthfeel with this Trinidad. 

Cuba Unveils 2019 Ediciones Limitadas

This year’s Edicíon Limitadas are: Quai D’Orsay Senadores, Allones No. 2 by Ramon Allones and the Montecristo Supremos.

The Quai D’Orsay Senadores, Montecristo Supremos and Allones No. 2 head this year’s lineup.

Sometimes they’re incredible, sometimes they’re forgettable, but they’re never to be ignored. They’re Cuba’s Edición Limitadas, an annual release of cigars that garner exceptional attention in the cigar world. On Monday in Havana, the Cuban cigar industry gave a preview of the three 2019 ELs that will are expected to be shipped to cigar stores later in the year.

The thinnest of the trio, the Quai D’Orsay Senadores, marks the first time this once-obscure Cuban brand has been made into a Limitada. The Senadores is about 6 3/16 inches with a ring gauge of 48. Known as an Hermoso No. 2 in Cuban cigar factories, the smoke comes packed in boxes of 25. Quai D’Orsay, once only a factor in France, has become more and more prominent in recent times.

There has been no shortage of Montecristo ELs over the years, and Cuba is turning to this famous brand once again with the Montecristo Supremos EL 2019, which marks the 10th release of a Montecristo as an EL. The size, called a Montesco, is plump and somewhat short, measuring 5 1/8 inches long by 55 ring gauge. It also comes in boxes of 25.

The lone figurado of the group is the curiously named Allones No. 2 by Ramon Allones, a belicoso measuring 5 1/2 inches long with a 52 ring gauge. The size, called Campanas in Cuban cigar factories, will come in 10-count boxes.

Cuba really stepped up its packaging game with these ELs—don’t expect the typical wood box that you see on most cigars. The Ramon Allones comes in a green box with a raised center; the Quai D’Orsay has a striking circular pattern on the lid, with a resplendent gold center; and the Montecristo box is bright yellow. Each truly stands out, looking quite unlike traditional Cuban cigar packaging.

Don’t expect to see these soon; we often wait until the end of the year (and sometimes later) to have these cigars reach the market. If Cuba follows last year’s model, expect these cigars to be released in staggered fashion in different markets around the world.

In our blind taste tests over the years, Edición Limitada cigars have ranged from the superb to the lousy, with scores as low as 85 points and as high as 95.

Three New Trinidads, Hoyo Gran Reserva and More for 2019

The Hoyo de Monterrey Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013 measures 7 inches by 49 ring gauge.

Special Trinidad and San Cristobal de la Habana vitolas are also being added, along with an exclusive Cohiba for Habanos retailers.

Three sizes of Trinidad, a Hoyo de Monterrey Gran Reserva, an exclusive Cohiba for Habanos retailers and a unique size for Punch led the parade of new cigars announced by Habanos S.A. at the opening press conference for the 21st annual Festival de Habanos. Yesterday’s press conference in Havana also included details about three new Edición Limitadas, new Casa del Habano exclusives and special releases for the Trinidad and San Cristobal de la Habana brands, the two cigars highlighted at this year’s festival.

Trinidad is getting a special focus this year, the brand’s 50th anniversary. The three new sizes are Esmeralda, 5 3/4 inches by 53 ring gauge; Media Luna, 4 1/2 by 50; and the Topes, 5 by 56. The Trinidad Topes was a successful 2016 Edición Limitada that’s now being added to the brand’s regular-production lineup. All three sizes will be sold in 12-count boxes.

Trinidad Esmeralda
Trinidad Esmeralda

Hoyo de Monterrey is getting the first Gran Reserva in the brand’s history. The Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013, measuring 7 inches by 49 ring, builds off the brand’s most famous cigar, the Double Corona. The Gran Reserva program uses tobaccos that have been aged for five years. The cigar will be produced in 5,000 numbered boxes of 15 cigars each.

The Punch Short de Punch, 5 by 50, is the first 50 ring gauge cigar in the Punch brand. The cigar will be added to the regular brand sizes, and will be sold in wooden boxes of 10 cigars.

The 148 Casa del Habanos around the world will receive two cigars for exclusive sale in the Habanos S.A. network of shops. The Cohiba Novedosos, 6 by 50, will be shipped in uniquely styled boxes of 25, and the San Cristobal de la Habana 20 Aniversario, 6 1/3 by 52, will be sold in 20-count boxes shaped like an antique trunk.

Cohiba Novedosos
The Cohiba Novedosos, which measures 6 inches by 50 ring, will be shipped in uniquely styled boxes of 25

Another 2019 special release will be for the Habanos Collection series and is dubbed Trinidad Colección de Habanos Casilda. The 7 1/4 inch by 53 ring cigar comes in a wooden book with the Trindad brand logo on the cover and 24 cigars.

The Edición Limitadas for 2019 are the Montecristo Supremos, Ramon Allones Allones No. 2 and the Quai d’Orsay Senadores.

Two other special products were also announced. The Trinidad 50th Anniversary humidor comes with 50 cigars, dubbed the 50 Aniversario. It is a pyramid-shaped cigar measuring 6 inches by 59 ring with a band on the cigar’s foot. One hundred humidors are being produced by Italian design company DeART, with two stacks of semi-circle shaped trays that slide open sideways.

The other special release is the San Cristobal de la Habana 1519, a cigar manufactured to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Havana as well as the 20th anniversary of the brand’s launch. The cigar is a 6 1/4 inches by 57 ring. The 500 humidors will be shipped with 100 cigars.

In addition to the new cigar launches, Ernesto González Rodríguez, the director of marketing for Habanos S.A., revealed that the company’s revenues increased by 7 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Total revenues were $537 million.

He said that around the world Habanos now has 148 Casas del Habanos, which are shops that exclusively sell Habanos S.A. products, and more than 1,000 Habanos Specialists and 385 Habanos Lounges, as well as 16 Cohiba Atmospheres, an ultra-luxurious concept focusing on the Cohiba brand and Habanos’ cigars.

 

 

 

Launching of Saint Luis Rey in Cyprus

Last 30th of January 2019, Phoenicia TAA Cyprus Ltd, the Exclusive Distributor of Habanos, S.A. for Middle East hosted in the Launching of Saint Luis Rey Herfing.

The event took place in Limassol – Cyprus, with more than 170 guests at the elegant atmosphere of Columbia Steak House, in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Cuba in Cyprus, the Co-President of Habanos, S.A., Mr. Luis Sánchez Harguindey Pardo de Vera, the Members of the Board of Phoenicia Cyprus, other high-government officials and a crowd of Cypriot Habanos  aficionados.

The venue was dressed in the spirit and colors of the brand and guests enjoyed a welcoming cocktail at 7Seas, accompanied by Cuban live-band music. A five-course gourmet dinner then followed, with the aroma of Saint Luis Rey Herfing and sounds of a live Jazz-band, in the songs and soul of the late Frank Sinatra who adored Saint Luis Rey cigars.

For the launching, videos were made as well as a hologram display was used to launch a cigar, surprising the attendees.

Two cigar boxes were auctioned during the event, a 1999 Saint Luis Rey Lonsdales and the first Saint Luis Rey Herfing (Box No. 001), of which proceedings were donated to the Makario Children’s Hospital.

Guests also received a complimentary arranged gift bag on their way home at the end of the night, along with two 20-year-old vintage Saint Luis Rey cigars.

The event slogan, “Keep Herfing”, was ingrained in the minds of guests who gathered together to enjoy an exceptional cigar.