Trinidad is one of my favorite marcas. It was disappointing when Habanos SA decided to discontinue the Robusto Extra as it was only released to the public in 2004. I was lucky to get my hands on a few before they were all sold out.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
The 2005 Trinidad Robusto Extra is a majestic looking stick. This comes in at a 50 ring gauge and is 6.1 inches in length. The official vitola name is Dobles. These were available in 3 count petecas and 12 count SLB cabinets. Very elegant presentation.
The wrapper of the cigar is a beautiful honeyed, caramel brown. Smooth to the touch with no apparent veins. Aromas of caramel, milk chocolate and hazelnut just come bursting out to greet you. Just smells so delicious. Heavenly.
The construction is great. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The pig tail triple cap is looking on point and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to go.
The draw is right on the money. Nice airflow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are honey, cinnamon, hazelnut and milk chocolate
Time to take this to the flame….
(Insert imaginary picture here of the first third; forgot to take a picture. LOL)
Beautifully smooth smoke right off the bat; crisp and elegant. Cinnamon, citrus, leather, toasted oak, honey and gingerbread come out to welcome me. The strength is at a medium level at this point. Very well integrated. No harshness. Just pure deliciousness. Love this flavour profile.
The draw and burn are excellent. Smoke production is equally impressive and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ light greyish white. All is good in the hood.
The retrohale brings baker’s chocolate and gingerbread. A nice balance between spice and sweet. Very smooth as it runs through the nasal passages.
The after finish is surprisingly dellicate. Citrus, gingerbread and baker’s chocolate followed by toasted oak and leather. Very long on the palate. A ‘Dr. Feedgood’ type of cigar. Very well balanced between strength and flavour. Brilliant so far.
Mocha, cedar, gingerbread leather and a hint of citrus start to take effect as we enter the second third. A little richer now. Strength has also slightly picked up. More vibrant with nice depth to the flavour profile. Deliciously smooth; soothing.
The retrohale still brings gingerbread and mocha. WOW!!! So luscious and smooth through the nasal passages.
The after finish is just so damn delicious. Stays for days on the palate. Gingerbread, mocha and cedar, followed by leather and citrus. Extremely relaxing. Just sit back and enjoy as this is firing on all cylinders.
Cashews have joined the leather, gingerbread, citrus, cedar and mocha. The depth and complexity of this cigar is impressive. Strength continues to be at a medium level. Lush and elegant in one swoop. Really enjoying the layering of additional flavours throughout the experience.
The retrohale also adds in cashews to go along with the mocha and gingerbread. Sweet, nutty with a touch of spice. Fantastico!!!!
The after finish has a refined richness that is just intoxicating. Such a great flavour profile. It commands attention without screaming for it. It’s like watching someone walk through the door that has presence and causes you to look.
Leather, mocha, and gingerbread, followed by cashews, cedar, and citrus. A delicious combination of savoury and sweet. The strength continues to be at a medium level. Nice consistency there as it allows the flavour to really express themselves without any harshness. This is crazy good. Gonna be hard to keep my hands off of them.
Why did Habanos SA discontinue these. 9 years in and these are just a fantastic smoke. Lush, yet elegant. Lots of nuance and complexity. Beautiful construction, quality tobacco and has the pedigree to continue to evolve. A ‘Gentlemenly’ cigar. Reminds me of the gentlemen of a time lost such as Fred Astaire and Clark Gable. Commands a presence without effort. Confident and approachable. Treasure them if you have them….