Happy New Year! Today I offer the first review of 2019 here at Stogie Press.
Back in late 2017, I reviewed the pre-release of the Providencia Cigars Trinitas and found it to be a very promising blend for this small, Texas based, boutique cigar company. Since that review, the company has been working to keep the Trinitas flowing to shops all while working on new and exciting blends like the 2018 Top 25 rated boutique cigar, the Hostage.
The company officially announced the Trinitas back in January of 2018 and I received some samples shortly thereafter. Having already reviewed the pre-release of the Trintas, I decided I would let the production samples age before officially reviewing them. So here I am, on day 1 of 2019, presenting the first review of the year. Things don’t stop here at Stogie Press!
After a rollicking New Years Eve, I awoke this morning to the “tap-tap” of little furry paws as the sun was rising. Yep, dogs don’t know New Years Day from any other. I crawled out of bed, a bit bleary eyed (5 hours of sleep) and let my furry friend Ziggy out in yard. I proceeded to open the humidor and ponder what would be a great start to the new year while giving me a nice jolt to start the day. I settled on the Providencia Cigars Trinitas, and why not, it is a Triple Ligero cigar that I have become familiar with and knew I could settle into my patio chair and enjoy the new day of a new year.
Today’s review is based on a Trinitas sample I received about a year ago. So this has some age on it. After I finished taking down notes I went back to the Pre-Release review I did in 2017 and compared what if any differences age contributed to the experience.
The Providencia Cigars Trinitas
Let’s recap what the Trinitas is. As part of the company’s press release, the name is explained as follows:
With a presence as bold as the Trinitas, we thought the name suited it well – it means “trinity” in Greek. This nomenclature pays tribute to co-founder Jim Faber’s faith and perseverance through the attempted kidnapping on his life in Honduras, during the time of origin for Providencia Cigars.
The bold blend of the Trinitas is described as:
- Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
- Binder – Nicaragua
- Filler –
- Nicaraguan Corojo 99
- Nicaragua Ligero Jalapa
- Honduran Ligero and Viso Habano Criollo
Like all Providencia Cigars, the Trinitas is produced at Javier Mendoza’s, La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras. It comes packaged in artfully crafted, 10-count boxes, and also 3-pack sampler boxes. The MSRP is set at $12.00/cigar.
The Providencia Cigars Trinitas is a beautiful as the pre-production version. It is a gorgeous, soft box pressed, double torpedo figurado. The Trinitas has a decent sheen with a reddish brown wrapper and a touch of marbling. There is virtually no noticeable veins. Like the pre-release it has a well finished cap and foot. I will say the production version is more round than square and has a slightly smaller foot.
There is a single band that adorns the cigar, using a silver and black motif, proudly declaring this as a Providencia Cigars product and identifying it as the Trinitas. I like the look of the band, I think it is the best looking band of any Providencia cigar to date.
I proceeded to do the old sniff test on the Trinitas and noted a more muted set of aromas than the pre-release. This might have a bit to do with the aging on this cigar but it still offered the sweet hay notes I picked up off the pre-release sample.
Using my double blade cutter, I sliced the cap about 1/4 of an inch down to open it up and gave it some cold draw puffs. The draw was sweet and earthy with a spicy pepper note on the lips. Continuing the cold draw, I noted a mild fruit note developing. Did I mention this is a triple ligero? What am I thinking, smoking this early in the morning!! I will say, I did not get the early chocolate nuance that the pre-release offered.
Ok, the sun is up and Ziggy is chasing squirrels and birds in the yard. I tempt fate and fire up the Trinitas with my dual flame torch to get the foot ignited and see where this takes me this first day of 2019.
Cigar Review Notes
- The natural sweetness is first to the party followed by a delicate spice
- Thick creamy smoke
- Very nice oil production early in the burn
- Flavors and aromas continue to evolve with malt and coffee on the palate and a cocoa aroma
- Burn is wavy with a light grey ash on a thick char line
- Ash finally fell after about and inch and a half of burn, revealing a well formed cone
- Spice has receded a bit but still quite present
- Vanilla and almond notes enter
- Unlike the pre-release, light mint nuances enter near end of the second third
- Smoke is smooth and flavors are well balanced with a background of natural sweetness now
- Spice has diminished in the final giving way to a dry cocoa finish
- Medium to Full in Strength
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 35 minutes
Overall, the Providencia Cigars Trinitas was a cigar that aged well and delivered a well balanced array of delectable flavors and aroma. I found the spice was much diminished in the final third than that of the pre-release version. As far as burn, it held a solid ash but the burn line was wavy through the journey, but never get overly wonky, or required a touch-up or re-light. The ash started as light grey but evolved into a darker salt and pepper color later in the burn. I rate this a solid 95. I would suggest buying a fiver of these or just pick up a 3 pack Sampler.
Point Deductions: (-1) Wavy Burn; (-1) Salt and Pepper Ash
Bonus Points: (+1) Large Oiling During the Burn