Providencia Cigars – Infringement – Rated 91

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The Infringement is a cigar offering from the little boutique cigar company in Keller, Texas – Providencia Cigars. The name was chosen due to an previous naming that was too close to another brand and would have resulted in a copy-write infringement. So the Providencia Cigars team decided to keep it simple, yet bold, and renamed it the Infringement….

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Providencia Cigars – Nemo A534 – Rated 92

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The Providencia Cigars Nemo A534 is a cigar named after the fearless US Airforce Sentry Dog “Nemo” who served in Vietnam. Nemo was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base which fell under attack by the Viet Cong in the early morning of December 4, 1966. While on a security patrol later in the evening, Nemo alerted his handler, Airman Robert Throneburg that there was a hidden group of Viet Cong.

Airman Throneburg gave the signal to “get them” and Nemo bravely and savagely lunged into the group.

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Providencia Cigars – Trinitas Corona – Rate 96

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This is my 3rd take on the Providencia Cigars Trinitas. The first two comprised of a pre-release review in 2017 and then a review of the production version in January of this year. Along the way, it seems the Trinitas has gotten a few more reviews and has been selling quite well according to Ray Zinar, co-owner of the company. So to make things more interesting and please the needs of consumers, the company has added line extensions to a number of its popular brands like today cigar of choice, the Providencia Trinitas Corona.

Let’s recap the Trinitas blend to get things started.

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Providencia Bloodshot, Infringement, and Killshot Cigars

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On Saturday a New Jersey based Facebook Group held a herf  at Mane Street Cigars in Woodbridge to celebrate a year of existence. I would have gone, but I had to work, and I had that other thing to go to in NJ that day. Ray Zinar, one of the principals of Providencia Cigars was in attendance, and they featured several of the Providencia cigars at the herf.  Ray had sent me a few of their new offerings a few weeks ago, so I figured it was a good time to try some of them out.  I noticed a bit of a violent theme to some of the names, I started with the Providencia Bloodshot. There’s usually a story behind Providencia’s cigar names, but I didn’t get any with these.  This Bloodshot is a limited edition 6″ x 52 Toro with a San Andrés wrapper, Indonesian binder and Ometepe Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. Of course I’m going to select the dark toro first, right?

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Cigar Review: Providencia Trinitas – Rated 95

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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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Introducing Providencia Cigars

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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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Providencia Cigars Killshot – Rated 92

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The little cigar company in Texas, Providencia Cigars has just shipped one of their latest creations, the Kill Shot. This cigar adds to the story of company founder Jim Faber, by taking us back to that fateful day on a youth soccer field in Honduras, where Jim was almost abducted at gun point. Though there was a gun shot or two, nobody on the field was injured and Jim was able to get away as his abductors fled. Jim did however, need to leave the country that adopted him years earlier.

The Kill Shot is available in a single 6.5 x 42 Corona Larga vitola and has a blend described as:

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Providencia Cigars Bloodshot – Rated 94

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It was eight years, in 2011, when Providencia Cigars founder, Jim Faber was almost kidnapped at gunpoint while supporting a youth soccer program he set up in Honduras. The years seem to have flown by, but that memory never fades from Jim or those he is close to. Through the creation of Providencia Cigars, Jim has been quietly telling the story through the brand names of the companies cigars.

First was the El Santo and El Padre, two cigars released in June of 2016 and were a nod to the Saint and the Father above, who protected Jim during a fateful day on a children’s soccer field. A day that resulted in Jim having to flee his adoptive country where he gave so much of his time to humanitarian and mission work. These first two cigars were followed by the Trinitas, this time a nod to the Holy Trinity that carried him through all this.

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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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Cigar Noise – 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.

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Cigar Noise – 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.

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Providencia Cigars El Santo Cigar Review – A Must Try!

A little while ago I was contacted by Raymond Zinar one of the three owners of  the owners of Providencia Cigars. Raymond wanted to know if I would  be interested in reviewing his company’s cigars. I have seen posts on social media about this brand, and from the photos I saw, the cigars looked inviting. I answered Raymond in the positive and shortly afterwards I received review samples of the company’s two blends; the El Padre and the El Santo. The cigar looked as good as the photos I saw, maybe even better.
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Cigar Review: Providencia Cigars Bloodshot – Rated 94

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The Providencia Cigars Bloodshot was a tasty morsel for sure. I mean seriously, I don’t recall if I ever got that Cap’t Crunch note on a cigar, but I absolutely did at the start of the Bloodshot. I had to think about it and was nervous saying it, but it lasted more than a few puffs – awesome! The coffee notes were there from the aging process but more in the background. I enjoyed the profile of the Bloodshot. From a construction perspective, it did develop a slight off burn that needed a touch-up, but then it performed excellently through the journey. I would recommend picking up a five pack of these while they are still available. I rate this a 94.
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