Cigar Review: Trinidad Habana Reserve Short Belicoso

by Matthias Clock

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Trinidad Habana Reserve Short Belicoso

The other day I had a few minutes to kill before seeing The Dark Knight Rises in theatres (a great film, if you were wondering), so I dropped by the Nat Sherman Townhouse on 42nd street for a quick smoke. I paired this with coffee.

Blend Specifics

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Aged Honduran and Nicaraguan
  • Size: Short Belicoso (4×60)

Appearance & Construction

This stick features the traditional Trinidad band, has a nice weight in hand, and has very solid construction. Few visible veins, slight oiliness, and is springy. Not many discernable notes off of the foot aside from wood. The draw is good, and consistent throughout the smoke.

Flavor & Smoke Characteristics

This is a mild-medium body cigar that opens with a wood note and a slightly buttery texture when the smoke hits the nose, though on the tongue the texture is mildly earthy. At about the second third, the earthy texture changes to cream, which I found to be really enjoyable. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much more to report as the cigar progressed, which was a bit disappointing.

Conclusion

At about $7 a stick, the price point (to me) is just a bit high, though if you enjoy the short length and large ring-gauge, this could be a winner. For me, there just wasn’t enough complexity in this cigar, though it was better than most other Trinidad cigars I’ve smoked.

Final Grade: B-

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  • RZA

    Have you smoked Cuban Trinidads or just the non?

    • Matthias

      Haven’t smoked the Cubans yet. What is your assessment?

  • Yang

    Personally, I find often times parejo shaped cigars taste better than figurados, but of course there are exceptions. Also, I’ve noticed that some same-line cigars use different wrappers for parejo and figurado. For example, I tried Berger & Argenti Entubar cigars in its toro and torpedo sizes the other day, and I am certain there is a notable difference in their tastes, and even burn. Trinidad Reserve Siglo VI is both rich and complex, with a medium to full body, that I’d definitely recommend.

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