Trinidad Paradox ToroAltadis revealed the Trinidad Paradox cigar at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show as an addition to one of Altadis’ most popular brands. During 2012, the company focused its efforts on injecting new life into its products, and this stick is a result of this effort. Altadis is known for its regular use of Mexican tobaccos. This stogie follows that pattern, though it’s not the Maduro that most aficionados expect from Mexican tobacco wrappers.

The Trinidad Paradox cigar comes with a Mexican Criollo wrapper instead. It also features Dominican Piloto tobacco as a binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The wrapper is medium brown and has a silky appearance. These sticks are firmly box-pressed, which gives the stogie a square shape. There are some veins visible, but the seams are hidden well. The band has a contemporary look, which is a departure from Altadis’ classic banding on its other sticks. This band is black, silver and lime green. It displays the name of the cigar in lime green lettering placed on a black background. The lettering is surrounded by silver ornamentation. This stick is available in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 54), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 57).

The first third of the Trinidad Paradox cigar quickly starts off with some strong black pepper. The black pepper holds for an inch or so before giving way to a bold sweetness. Many reviewers described it as honey sweetness, and it takes control while the black pepper fades into the background. On the retrohale, though, the black pepper is still strong.

In the second third of the stogie, the honey sweetness is still the dominant note. The black pepper is still secondary, though its strength comes and goes. Many reviewers also tasted a natural tobacco flavor that helps tie the spicy and sweet flavors together. Before finishing off the second third, an earthy taste also appears and joins the tobacco and pepper in the background.

During the final third of the Trinidad Paradox cigar, the flavor profile doesn’t change much. The honey sweetness remains dominant until the nub, though the black pepper grows in intensity in this part of the stick. The tobacco and earth flavors are present until the last inch or so, where they both fade out. The stogie finishes off with the honey note being last on the palate. The nub is cool and firm.

The superior construction of the Trinidad Paradox cigar offers excellent performance in terms of burn. Some reviewers found the draw to be a little tight at first, but it opens up shortly after lighting up the stick. The ash is white and holds well. Although Altadis is known for producing full-bodied and full strength smokes, this stogie is dialed back some. While it is still full-bodied, it is closer to medium in strength. It’s also a stick that produces flavors that aren’t very complex, but are bold and delivered well. Many aficionados believed it would make the ideal smoke for a novice enthusiast looking to make the jump from mild to medium.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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