Trinidad Fundadore, 7.5 x 40
Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:59 AM
7.5 inches by 40 ring gauge
Made in: Cuba
This cigar was gifted to me by a generous BOTL on the condition that I reviewed it when I decided to smoke it. So here it is! This stick seems to be beautifully constructed. There are several prominent veins on the wrapper, but otherwise it's just about perfect-looking. Not trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I spent some time looking at counterfeit Trinidad bands to try to authenticate the stick, and as far as I can tell, the band is kosher and one of the old bands, though I don't know the year. The flag-tip on it raised my concern, as I thought all Trinidads were pig-tailed, but after some googling, Cigar Aficionado claims that many of them are flag-tipped, and the only cause for concern would be a rounded head. The cigar feels nicely humidified, having been resting in the vino for a good while, and it's nice and springy to the touch with a couple of hard spots here and there that I hope won't result in a plugged cigar. I'm really digging the color of the wrapper; it's a very consistent light brown, and very smooth. I clip the head with my Xikar and light up at 1:06 a.m. after a very long day and week at work. Again, my beverage is a can of Coke.
After I light my cigar and blow on the foot to even out the burn, I wait about thirty seconds before starting to puff away. My first impressions are that this is a very smooth cigar. The flavor seems to be mild to medium at most, and passing the smoke through my nose is easy and pleasant. The flavor reminds me of coffee with tons of cream in it, and I'm really enjoying it. The finish seems to last and last, and as a result, I'm not feeling the need to puff constantly. I'm just enjoying the aftertaste a bit more than I usually would. While I was concerned about the draw on this long thin cigar, it is certainly not a problem. The d...
I just managed to rip the power cord out of my computer, and thought that I lost my review. Fortunately thanks to Rod's new forum update, it seems as though it was auto-saved. Thank you, Rod!
Back to my Trini:
With all my cursing and rebooting, my cigar seems to have gone out, so I give it a quick relight. The flavor is still nice and smooth, with a touch of cedar to it. Out the nose, I'm getting more of a whiskey flavor to it, but the main creamy element is still dominant. As I was about to say before the unfortunate incident, the draw produces lots of smoke. All in all, I'd have to say I'm loving this!
It's now 1:56, and I'm about halfway through. The ash has a salt-and-pepper appearance and whenever it gets to be about an inch long, it starts to curl off to one side, so I ash it to avoid what for me is a very common occurrence: ash all over my lap. The burn is pretty even, despite the fact that I have a fan aimed almost directly at me to fend off the oppressive heat we've been experiencing the last few days here in SoCal.
Over halfway through, and the flavor has not changed much at all. I'm reminded of Gary (IronPeddler) and his post about liking one-dimensional cigars: http://www.cigarpass...opic=69913&st=0 I have to agree with him. This cigar is one dimensional, but it's a wonderful dimension!
As I get down to around two and a half inches remaining, I'm getting more of the cedar taste, and the irony of IronPeddler's remarks on cigar reviews is not lost on me. But hey, that's what I taste! It's a solid medium-bodied smoke here in the final third, and I can't recall another lancero that I've enjoyed this much, ever. After a bit of unintentional power-huffing, the smoke warms up a bit too much, giving me a slight burning sensation at the tip of my tongue, but a swig of coke gets rid of that.
I'm just about done at 2:46, and I think I'll try to throw up one of my bad pictures of this great cigar, and call it a night. As always, I claim no particular expertise at reviewing cigars, and I definitely don't have a refined palate. Most of my thoughts boil down to a boolean expression: I liked it or I didn't like it. This one I definitely liked.
Thanks again, brother! I know you'll be reading this.
Man, this thing is huge! (That's what she said!)
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I am glad to hear that you had a much better experience. I was really looking forward to mine as I had always heard good things.
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