Back in late 2017, I reviewed the pre-release of the Providencia Cigars Trinitas and found it to be a very promising blend for this small, Texas based, boutique cigar company. Since that review, the company has been working to keep the Trinitas flowing to shops all while working on new and exciting blends like the 2018 Top 25 rated boutique cigar, the Hostage.
The company officially announced the Trinitas back in January of 2018 and I received some samples shortly thereafter. Having already reviewed the pre-release of the Trintas, I decided I would let the production samples age before officially reviewing them. So here I am, on day 1 of 2019, presenting the first review of the year. Things don’t stop here at Stogie Press!
After a rollicking New Years Eve, I awoke this morning to the “tap-tap” of little furry paws as the sun was rising. Yep, dogs don’t know New Years Day from any other. I crawled out of bed, a bit bleary eyed (5 hours of sleep) and let my furry friend Ziggy out in yard. I proceeded to open the humidor and ponder what would be a great start to the new year while giving me a nice jolt to start the day. I settled on the Providencia Cigars Trinitas, and why not, it is a Triple Ligero cigar that I have become familiar with and knew I could settle into my patio chair and enjoy the new day of a new year.
Today’s review is based on a Trinitas sample I received about a year ago. So this has some age on it. After I finished taking down notes I went back to the Pre-Release review I did in 2017 and compared what if any differences age contributed to the experience.
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Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 93
“This was real joy to smoke. I wouldn’t have minded a bit more flavor variety but that’s just shooting for the moon… The flavors that were present were delightful and kept me puffing! This one is purchase worthy for sure.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“This cigar was truly fantastic at the final 1/3. Cream, spice, leather, woods all mixed in well to close out this cigar. Sadly this is where I wish the cigar would have been throughout most of the smoke. It takes awhile for the cigar to build up into a fantastic smoke but having reached the end I was nubbing and enjoying every last puff. ” –David F. (dfafjf)
“This was a nice medium to full strength cigar. There was plenty of wood, leather, some cream and sweetness. Not sure I should’ve smoked this so late in the night, but I do what I do. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)
I am becoming a fan lately of Jim Faber, Reed Grafke and Raymond Zinar from Providencia Cigars. It is easy to do that when their introductory blends, the El Santo and El Padre, were enjoyable enough for me to say they are deserving of a place in your humidor. But there is more coming from this company, as they, like others in the business, keep working on new blends to tantalize your palate. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the latest blend from Providencia Cigars.
Known as the Trinitas, it is being billed as a triple ligero blend of aged leaf all wrapped in a toothy San Andres leaf. I recently received a sample of the new Trinitas for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press and I am here today to present that review. The production release of the Trinitas is planned for the October – November time-frame of this year. CLICK HERE to continue….
Observation is the key to my existence, my business, my relationships, my decisions. I would say I’m an astute spectator. But despite my egotistical analysis, I fuck up. Most of the time the latter happens when I’m doing something that involves the minutiae of this business. I’m no CPA.
For example, I just found out that my finger slipped when I was transcribing an order and instead of typing two boxes, I wrote 21 boxes for the customer. Not good. But the problem has been resolved, but not the personal embarrassment. I pride myself on being correct – close to perfect. But that’s asinine. I’m not. Obviously, I didn’t pick up on that error. But that’s where the well-known phrase “Shit happens” pulls me back into reality.
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Before the Smoke
Very light tan and thin wrapper. No visible defects.
A smidge of pepper, spice on the lips. Notes of hay, earth and leather wrapped into one cold draw with the spice lingering on the palate.
A very mild spice kick started off the first third. A few puffs in, a very earthy note followed with a faint mix of cedar and leather.
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Yesterday I had the luxury of smoking two cigars, so I decided to make it a “theme day” and smoke two that were new to me from Providencia Cigars. The cigars are made in Honduras with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco in two blends, the El Padre and the El Santo, The Father and the Saint respectively. Based on the fact that the El Padre is a Connecticut and the El Santo is the maduro, any guess which one I went to first? Of course, I grabbed the El Santo Prensado, the box pressed, 6″ x 52 toro size. This also comes in a Robusto Gordo which measures 4½”x 58. The details on this cigar are vague according to the information I was provided, it lists the wrapper as Sumatra Nicaraguan Maduro, and “a proprietary blend” of Honduran tobaccos that they grow on their own plantations, and Nicaraguan binder and fillers. CLICK HERE to continue…
The list is almost complete as we count down the remaining days before 2018 comes to close. Today we release the next 6 candidates for the Stogie Press top 25 Boutique Cigars of 2018. This takes us to 22 candidates. The last group will include 8 more for a total of 30 cigars and then we will rank them 1 -25 and include 5 honorable mentions as there were quite a few fine cigars released this year.
The Hostage by Providencia Cigars was a cigar that was full of great flavors, and at times, unique flavors like clove and currant. This is a nicotine punch for sure. For the little Texas cigar company, this was a tribute to owner Jim Faber’s harrowing experience in Honduras and it lives up to its expectations.
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This week I dug into the new cigars from Providencia Cigar Company. I warmed up last week with an El Santo, the box pressed toro with a Nicaraguan Sumatra maduro wrapper. I really enjoy that cigar, and was excited to sample the Hostage, their newest release. This release came with a story of Providencia Co-founder Jim Faber’s abduction at gunpoint on a Honduran youth soccer field (the story is here in the news item I posted earlier this month). Considering it’s speculated that Jim’s abductors were Mexican gang members, it’s ironic, or perhaps fitting, that this cigar has a San Andrés wrapper. The wrapper is roughly the same shade of brown as the El Santo, which isn’t as dark as many San Andrés maduros, but the real difference to me lies in the flavor. This cigar had a unique flavor that I didn’t expect. It was a warm, fresh-baked bready flavor, not the dark coffee, cocoa flavors I thought I’d get. I think there were some almost floral notes as well, very interesting and entertaining. I am very interested in smoking another one and probably will in the very near future. I have to find out who has these in the area, I know the guys who own Providencia have some south Jersey roots, we have to get them to visit Philly one of these days!
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Providencia Trinitas – Opening Thoughts
The Providencia Trinitas is, right now, a unicorn. For another two to six weeks, you’ll never find one. The fine folks at Providencia Cigars offered me the rare opportunity to review this pre-release, triple ligero smoke and I of course accepted. You may recognize the Providencia name from my past reviews of their El Santo cigar and their El Padre offering.
The Trinitas was what I would describe as “soft box pressed”. The San Andres wrapped edges were uniform and elegant. The foot was tapered sharply and the cap had a torpedo shape to it. It reminded me of the shape you see in the Oliva Serie V Melanio. CLICK HERE to continue…
Providencia El Padre – Opening Thoughts
I’ve been eyeing the smooth wrapper of the Providencia El Padre since the day it arrived in the mail. Small veins and discreet seams lend a quality feel to the cigar and the weight of this Robusto Gordo feels perfect in my hand. All of the qualities mentioned make me think I am in for a great experience with this smoke.
Deeply drawing against the wrapper, dry hay, cinnamon and a hint of spearmint combine for a truly interesting mix. From the foot, dry hay, mild tobacco and that same subtle mint freshness makes iteslf known. Clipping the cap gets me access a near perfect draw which is surprisingly void of much flavor at all, yielding only dry grass and mild spice. Let’s put a torch to this stick and see if it’s a big deal. CLICK HERE to continue…
A little bit of coco or chocolate with a very concentrated earth and a super light leather note that lingered on the palate. The draw at the very beginning was just a little tight.
During the middle of the first third, the chocolate became much stronger and the cigar really opened up! The draw became very smooth and created a lot of smoke with each puff.
New Note: A new coffee note emerged. Almost like a macchiato taste at this point. It was very pleasing on the palate!
Very easy and smooth draw. The burn line was pristine. Long ash thanks to the long fillers!
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