Origin: Honduras

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano             Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan         Strength: Medium to Full Body

Trinidad Habana Reserve CigarAltadis is known for their premium cigars and are among the best and most favored worldwide. The Trinidad Habana Reserve is a little cigar that packs a big flavorful punch. It is a complex cigar, but not a cigar that should make anyone shy away from enjoying it. The Trinidad Habana Reserve cigar is enjoyed by both the novice enthusiast, or even the most seasoned cigar aficionado.

Trinidad Habana Reserve comes in multiple sizes. Each cigar is hand rolled in a deep brown Ecuadorian Cubano wrapper and filled with Honduran and Nicaraguan long filler tobacco. The sizes available are Belicoso 6 1/8 inch x 52 ring gauge, Short Belicoso 4 x 60, Churchill 7 x 54, Short Churchill 4 ½ x 54, Siglo VI 6 x 54, Toro Tube 6 x 54, Robusto Tube 5 x 54, No 4 5 x 44, No 5 4 ¼ x 44, Lancero 7 ½ x 40, and Pequenos 4 ½ x 38.

The Trinidad Habana Reserve cigars are just one of the multiple cigars offered by ALTADIS. S.A. ALTADIS stands for Alliance Tobacco Distributors. This isn't where they began though. In 1918, Julius Lichtenstein was the President of American Sumatra Tobacco Co. He brought together six independent cigar manufacturers in 1921 and formed Consolidated Cigar Corporation. In 1926, Consolidated bought GHP Cigar Company and acquired the cigar brand, El Producto. El Producto was promoted by one of the most famous people in the world, actor and comedian, George Burns. He apparently smoked 250 cigars a month and was never interviewed, photographed, or seen without his favorite cigar, the El Producto. Julius Lichtenstein went on to make several acquisitions over the years building his cigar legacy. 1945 was the first year of a leadership change. Alfred Siberman became President, but sadly passed three years later. In 1948, his son, Samuel Siberman, took the helm of the company and continued the growth and legacy that already had a firm foundation in the cigar world. In 1968, Gulf & Western bought Consolidated and entered into the premium, hand-made cigar business. In the early 1970's, they purchased Sutliff Tobacco Co., which enabled them to become a staple in the pipe tobacco industry. In 1983, Gulf & Western sold Consolidated to five of their senior managers. The company was sold to MacAndrews & Forbes sixteen months later. In 1988, Theo Folz, who was CEO and President of MacAndrews & Forbes, along with five other members of upper management and Vestar Capital Partners, purchased Consolidated from MacAndrews & Forbes. After just weeks of closing the deal, they acquired Te-Amo Cigars and brands from Te-Amo/ Geryl Corp., Royal Jamaica Cigars and Century Tobacco's pipe tobacco products. They were repurchased by MAFCO Holdings Inc. in 1993. In January 1999, Consolidated was purchased by SEITA and the merger resulted in making what was soon to be the worlds largest cigar company. Then, in December 1999, Consolidated and SEITA made an agreement with Tabacalera S.A., and formed ALTADIS, S.A. This was the making of the worlds largest cigar company. The final merger and completion of the ALTADIS giant was the merger with Imperial Tobacco in the U.K., which was finalized in 2008. Gary R. Ellis is the current President and CEO, but he has been with the company for over 20 years and been there through many of the mergers and acquisitions. ALTADIS has their production facilities in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. They have production affiliations in Brazil, Mexico, and Holland.

The construction of the Trinidad Habana Reserve feels solid and well packed. There are no visual flaws and only minimal veins. The draw is flawless and it produces a fair amount of smoke. In the first third of the smoke there is a strong cedar flavor. There are notes of caramel and sweet raisins. There is a slight bit of spice and sweetness as well. In the second third, the sweetness grows stronger, but the cedar remains prominent. In the final third, the cedar is still the dominant flavor. There are still the notes of caramel and raisins to make it a smooth and sweet finish. The ash holds tightly during the smoke, and is salt and pepper in color.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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