This is a cigar that I am luke warm to as I haven’t been a fan of the trend towards short, fat cigars. I still miss the robusto extra and robusto T. Not sure why they were discontinued however, it is what it is.
The Trinidad vigia is the newest addition in the Trinidad marca. It is a Torres vitola that comes in at a 54 ring gauge and is 4.3 inches in length. These are regular production and are available in 12 count varnished semi boite nature boxes.
Lets see how this progressing…
The wrapper is a lightly honeyed hue of brown that is silky smooth to the touch. honey, milk chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg and barnyard emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is excellent. Firm with a slight give when squeezed. The pigtail triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A quick cut from my palio cutter and we are ready to roll.
The draw is perfect. nice airflow with a slight resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, leather, eucalyptus and milk chocolate with a touch of earthiness.
Time to take this to the flame….
Such a nice flavour profile. Honey, woody notes, leather and inflections of eucalyptus and earth start us off. Nice complexity with no harshness to speak of. Strength is at a medium level. A beautiful start.
The draw is perfect and the smoke production is impressive. The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘dirty’ grey with white highlights.
The retrohale is exquisite. Gentle layers of eucalyptus, leather, woody notes and honey lovingly move down the nasal passages.
The after finish is just delightful. Smooth, silky and refined. The medium level strength just allows the flavours to dance on the palate. Lovely layers of woody notes, honey and leather, followed by eucalyptus and earth. Wonderful experience so far.
Lightly toasted oak, honey, leather, earth and eucalyptus welcome me to the second third. Subtle, delicate and precise, this flavour profile is. Strength continues to be at a medium level.
The retrohale is soothing as leather, honey and toasted oak move gingerly through the nasal passages.
The after finish is equally soothing. Nice balance between strength and flavour as well as between savoury and sweet. Gentle layers of leather, eucalyptus and honey, followed by earth and lightly toasted oak. Touches of graham crackers come into focus occasionally. Very refined and complex. Surprising how complex this cigar is as it is still in its youth.
Roasted nuts enter the fray, combining nicely with lightly toasted oak, leather, honey, eucalyptus and earth.
Graham cracker pokes its head in as well once in awhile.
The retrohale is luxurious as leather, lightly toasted oak, honey and earth move effortlessly through the nasal passages.
The after finish is elegant. Subtle, delicate and full of nuance. gentle adjustments within the flavour profile as every draw leads to a highlight of one flavour that is complimented by the others. Lightly toasted oak, honey and leather, followed by eucalyptus, earth and inflections of graham cracker and roasted nuts. Rich in complexity.
This is smoking beautifully right now. Surprising as it is relatively in its youth.
The balance between flavours and strength is impressive as there are no harsh notes to speak of.
As much as I enjoyed this cigar, I would still prefer a Coloniales or Fundadore over the Vigia as the experience is short due to the size of the cigar. A nice to have in the humidor but not a vitola I would stock up on.