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TotT – Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

As you can see I do not find a lot of time for my hobby in the last past month and this blog is a little abandoned by me. So I was even more excited that another tasting of the titans was due in January. This time it was (almost) all about the Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto released in 2003 in the nicely crafted farmhouse humidor.

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

If I remember this well the Farm House Double Robusto was one of the first Cubans that came in this impressive format being a tad wider and longer than a Double Coronas. Of course the typical piggy tail at the head of the cigar was there as it is in all the marcas cigars and the band was still the older Trinidad version in all gold with black letters, just bigger than the others. Another important point is that these cigars came out of an unnumbered Farm House that obviously was not part of the limited run of 100 that had a handwritten number on the bottom of the box (house). I never have smoked a stick out of the numbered houses so I am not able to compare it even though this certainly would have very interesting to see if the blend would be the same. Speaking of comparing, so far I only smoked the Double Robusto and left the Fundadores that came with it alone. So as for those I am planing to write a review to see if they hold up or are even better than the regular Fundadores. I have a feeling they are probably very similar. Let’s see…

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

All the Double Robustos smoked that night were well crafted. Draw and burn seemed to be of no problem with any of us, so that was already good! As for the smoking pleasure I personally am a little torn. Even two weeks later while writing this, I am not sure whether this was a great cigar or if it simply was mediocre. While I felt it was representing the Trinidad taste profile quite well with the subtle sweetness, a hint of leather and a nice aroma there were some off notes like burned paper lingering around and a clear bitterness that left me a bit unsatisfied with the cigar. Really, all in all a good cigar, unique in its way and it even had that almond taste that I like so much and contribute to good tobacco. But when it comes to price and value I would stick to regular production stuff any day! Maybe the expectations were very high as this is a collectable and difficult to find cigar. But if you do not have it in your humidor already, don’t go out of your way (and wallet) to add this, unless you are a die hard collector. πŸ™‚

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

Apart from the cigar we had a little sip of a Single Malt Whisky made in Bangalore, India, the Amrut Fusion. Personally I do not know much of Single Malts but I was intrigued by its complexity and felt it was quite expressive. It would have been very difficult for me to really guess if this was not a real Scottish Single Malt in a blind tasting. But maybe I am standing alone with this opinion as at least some of my fellow titans are a bit of what I call Single Malt Snobs. Sorry guys. πŸ™‚

Amrut

Again it was a very pleasant evening and the cigar, while more memerable because of it being very scarce and not because of it being a delight to smoke was certainly interesting. I am left again to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their generosity and hospitality.

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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Trinidad Robustos Extras Collecion Vintage jar

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

Visiting Spain I brought back a little souvenir. πŸ™‚ So below you can see some pictures of my newest “stick in the barn”, the Trinidad Robustos Extra. But those do not come in the standard box of twelve! And that said I consider Trinidad to have some of the most elegant packaging in the Habanos Universe. Those varnished boxes and the way the cigars fit in them, layered and wrapped in a silk ribon is just goergous.

Trinidad Robustos Extras jar

What you see here is the Trinidad Robustos Extras Collecion Vintage jar. This comes as number two out of a series of three, that were crafted for the Spanish market only. The first one of this rustic and old-school looking jars is the Upmann Magnum 46 and the third one contains Hoyos Epicure No. 2. And not only do all those cigars come in a Sevilla styled jar, no! They are especially aged for five years and the jars are numbered on the bottom (only 700 pieces are made of this Trinidad jar). So this thing ticks almost all my boxes: a jar is one of my favorite ways to store cigars, I am a sucker for numbered collectables and I prefer smoking cigars 5 years or older. And even though I feel that the ring size from the Robustos Extras is a tad big, it makes a flavory, rich smoke after a not to opulent meal! And for the sake of completeness I should add that the jar contains 16 cigars (opposed to 12 coming in the standard box) and each cigar has a second band that makes its origin clear: “Collecion Vintage”.

Trinidad Robustos Extras cigar

Not the first time I mention on this blog that I really appreciate what the Spanish do. Every year they release something that is collectable and extra ordinary and this is done with regular production cigars and not special editions. Not the first time either I am writing this here too: my appetite for “editions” is barely existing anymore. So another box ticked here for me! To sum it up: a beautiful and classic looking jar and some very nice cigars inside.

Trinidad Robustos Extras numbered

TotT – Bolivar Churchills Tubos

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

Another cigar was reviewed in the tasting of the titans circle. And not just reviewed. I think I am save to say that we all enjoyed this one very much. The Bolivar Churchills Tubos from 2001.

Bolivar Churchill Tubos

And if this would have not been enough we again have been fortunately enough to be gifted with a few great cigars: The Bushidos ER APAC, Punch EL, Davidoff Brazil and the new release, the Partagas Maduros. I wanted to focus on the Bolivar so I did not smoke any of them but I am planing to do some online reviews here soon (and boy, I am really looking forward to smoking them!).

Bolivar Churchill Tubos

But back to the cigar of that evening. The Bolivar Churchill Tubos had a boxing date from 2001 and unfortunately they have been discontinued in 2002. The tubo itself has a classic metal look design (not so colorful as the newer releases) and what came out of this tubo was really hard to believe. The cigar looked so young that it was hard to believe that it already was 14 years old. A delicate and oily wrapper and a strong and complex sent filled out noses. Wow – what a Habanos cigar! And already from the first puffs a nice creamy smoke tasting of leather and floral aromas filled the room and mouth. My specimen was slightly peppery and nicely complex. There is really not much to say, than – WOW! One of the best cigars I have smoked this year and another proof that 2001 cigars can be outstanding! Not much to add here apart from please check the tasting sheets enclosed below.

Bolivar Churchill Tubos

Again we smoked a spectacular cigar, eat a nice burger and had some good conversations. I am left again to to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their generosity and hospitality. I am really feeling that I would miss something in my life if we wouldn’t have those get togethers in the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen! And Heiko, thanks for the Barbecue sauce! πŸ˜‰

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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