Sunday, August 10, 2008

Trinadad Fundadore (Cuban)



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As you all know, Fidel Castro resigned this week after nearly five decades as Cuba's president. To commemorate this historic news I've decided to smoke one of my favorite cigars, the Trinidad Fundadore. (Not to be confused with the one made in Santiago, Dominican Republic)

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The Trinidad brand was created around the same time as the Cohiba brand (1966), in 1969. Both brands were used as official diplomatic gifts from the Cuban government to foreign ambassadors, politicians, etc.

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Size and Shape: 40 x 7 1/2" (long panatela with pigtail)

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Construction: The cigar is a very pretty Colorado Maduro color with a cute pigtail on the cap. The wrapper looks and feels bumpy with fine veins like a road map all through out. There are a few minor green blemishes I like to call "Cuban tattoos" in random areas on the cigar. The feel of the cigar is semi-firm with some noticeable soft spots. The pre-light draw showed some resistance but seemed adequate considering the size. The aroma of the cigar is very strong and pleasant.

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Flavor Profile:

The initial draw was a little harsh and "flinty". The smoke was bright white and very limited due to the firm draw. I had to resort to taking little sips which actually helped keep the ash from burning too hot ruining the flavor.

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Right off the bat, I got some berry notes which quickly went away and turned into a grassy sweetness. A nice mild and mellow smoke which showed some cocoa and cream notes. The burn was already showing some unevenness, which I hoped would straighten out on it's own as I kept smoking. The ash was nice and compact and light gray in color.

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As I got past the first inch of ash, I noticed more pronounced flavors of cocoa, grass, nuts and mellow cedar on the finish. The cigar remained nice and smooth with no spiciness or harshness. The flavor level remains mild to almost medium.

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The further along you get in the cigar the same flavors of cocoa, nuts and creamy grass predominate but remain very balanced with an enjoyable cedar and black tea finish. The burn line gets even more distorted and requires frequent touch ups to prevent "boating".

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Overall, I find this cigar very enjoyable. Because it stays in the mild to medium range, it would be a nice Sunday morning smoke when you have time to kick back, drink coffee and

read the paper. I also think other women would enjoy smoking this long panatela cigar. It's very sexy, elegant and sophisticated.

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Final score: 89 out of 100 because of the burn issues.

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