Among Trinidad latest releases, this is the best
its develop flavors after awhile in the humidor
the size is beautiful in your hand, and it has its present
very calm and natural pure cuban tobacco with touches of chocolate
the construction is well balanced, the burn and ash is amazing
worth a box in the humidor
The Esmeralda is my absolute favourite of the current Trinidad portfolio. Every example, I enjoyed until this day, showed beautifully pure Cuban tobacco flavour and the proportions of the Vitola are just perfect for an afternoon or after dinner smoke.
449. Trinidad Esmeralda
Supplied by Mellgrens Fine Tobacco.
Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens Fine Tobacco’s cigar lounge.
Size: 5.7×54, Robusto.
Wrapper: Light milk chocolate, smooth with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Light cedarwood note.
1st third: Starts with a note of toasted bread, sandalwood and white pepper.
2nd third: No particular changes other than the white pepper hides more in the background.
Burn: Burns fairly sharp with a firm and stable whiteish ash.
Smoke: Voluminous smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue and a light draw.
3rd third: Gets a bit darker note of oakwood, a touch of medium roasted coffee otherwise the toasted bread note.
Duration: 17:40-19:00, 1h 20 min.
Conclusion: A mild to medium bodied cigar with a medium strength profile.
Result: In my book this is an 91 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André
I have just fired this cigar up at 11.00 am with a cup of good coffee and I must say - what a cigar. Compared with its plumper shorter cousin, this taller vitola is really delicious. Unlike the Topes, it has far higher notes, more sharpness, but in a good way and in my view it starts to border on real fruit. One of my five a day. It is lighter than a Topes too but no less flavourful as a result. And it’s length gives you a variety of profiles as you move through it. I also like this size - is it a Torro? Probably something like that - but it feels right in the hand and it’s longitude reassures you that you will be able to make it to lunch after all. The only thing I don’t like is the name. It summons up visions of hunchbacks and bells, when in fact the cigar in my mind awakes emotions of Spanish villas and castanets and long summer afternoons. This cigar is less well known in the Trinidad line up but my advice is to ensure that it is bumped up the charts to occupy its rightful place in your humidor alongside and not behind its chubbier brother and sisters.