Cigar Review: Trinidad Habana Reserve
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The Trinidad Habana Reserve is a cigar that my friend Joe has been raving about as of late. I decided to break down and give it a try because it is rare that he raves about a cigar that is not a VSG, Padron or Davidoff.
Cigar: Trinidad Habana Reserve
Size: 5 x 54 (Trinidad Tubo)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The first thing that caught my eye with this stick is how much the band looks like the Trinidad Cuban. Upon further inspection there was a gorgeous pigtail cap that was perfectly placed. The wrapper of the cigar had one discoloration near the foot one noticeable vein present as well. The Trinidad Habana Reserve is packed with tobacco and has a great weight to it.
Flavor & Notes (26/30): During my pre-light ritual I was pleasantly surprised by the notes of caramel and raisins on the draw. As I smoked the first third the dominant note was cedar. There was a slight spice as well, and a sweetness that tried to surface from time to time. The second third the sweetness became a more defined note of caramel. The cedar remained dominant however, and it was joined by some toast. The final third of the cigar continues to be dominated by the cedar notes and the spice returns along with some raisin. The finish of the cigar is an enjoyable caramel making this a very complex smoke.
Smoking Characteristics (24/25): The cigar had a salt and pepper ash that was flake free and held fairly well. What was a nice surprise here was how slow smoking this stick was while burning very even for the most part. The draw was perfect and there was a nice amount of smoke being produced.
Overall (23/25): This is perhaps the perfect cigar for when you don’t want to be bothered with something that will take control of your palate while you are performing your daily duties. Not once did I feel over powered or did I worry about the nicotine effect slowing me down. This might be the best cigar that Altadis USA currently has on the market.