Team Cigar Review: Providencia Trinitas

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Cigar Details: Providencia Trinitas

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Factory: La Pequena Vega
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.00
  • Release Date: July 2018
  • Source: Providencia

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper is medium brown and has a fine grit sandpaper feel to it. The seams for the slightly box pressed Perfecto are easily visible as they are slightly raised. The caps at the head are slightly raised as well, but the foot cap is quite smooth. The band is gray with black artwork and lettering and designates the brand and line. The aroma from the wrapper is a light wood and I don’t get anything else from the small foot opening. The pre-light draw has an interesting note that I identify as creamy pine.

Pre-light Experience

The Providencia Trinitas is in a Diadema vitola, with a simple but elegant matte silver and black band. The wrapper is a lighter color shade than what I typically associate with Mexican San Andres tobacco. The aromas from the wrapper are aged cedar and light spices. I’m not able to pick up anything different from the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Providencia Trinitas has a gorgeous box pressed Perfecto shape. The wrapper is a leathery medium brown with veins well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and firm and tapered head finished off with a deep wrap. Aromas from the wrapper give red pepper spice and cedar. Aromas from the foot tell namely white pepper and cedar. Cold draw tells minerals and anise.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty cedar. At an inch in, there have been no changes to the profile. The retrohale is even carrying the same musty cedar profile. At an inch and a half, a slight cream joins the profile. The strength in this third is mild-medium.

First Third

The first third is a really nice chocolate and cedar combination to open. The chocolate has several levels of complexity, with baking spices on the retrohale at a balanced light plus. The spices intensify with cedar carrying into the post draw. As the Trinitas settles in, the cedar takes on a tannic quality, and light plus pepper joins the profile. The chocolate keeps shifting from the front to the middle of the palate. The baking spices settle into to a consistent medium strength. Halfway through the first third, post draw cedar has taken on a drying component. There is minerality at the end of the draw, and it carries into the post draw. Chocolate has moved again to the front of the palate with the cedar in the middle.

First Third

The first third’s flavors are pretty thin. Especially burning through about the initial 1.5 inch mark, I didn’t get much out of it at all. Past that point, some faint notes of dry red pepper spice, baking spices and cedar. Retrohaling is more engaging as there is more red pepper spice and baking spices present. The finish is namely a soft cedar. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

The second third is continuing on with the same musty cedar and slight cream profile from the first third. At an inch in, the cedar gains a slight char to go with the mustiness as the cream has dropped out. The retrohale is still musty cedar. At an inch and a half, a slight cream returns to the profile. The strength in this third remained at mild-medium.

Second Third

Cedar swaps positions again with the chocolate, moving to the front of the palate. The cedar has a combination of drying mouthfeel along with tannic accents. The chocolate finishes with dry cedar, tannic cedar and minerality which all carry into the post draw. As the second third settles in, the chocolate swaps positions with the cedar moving once again to the front of the palate.

Second Third

The second third has a tad more fullness in flavors than the first third but it’s still fairly thin. It’s still namely dry red pepper spice, baking spices and cedar. At times, a whisper of coffee beans show up. Strength and body remains medium.

Final Third

The final third begins with the char increasing and the cream departing. At a half inch in, the smoke is quite chewy/dense with the mustiness. At an inch in, some bitterness becomes present and has a long finish. The retrohale is still musty cedar but has a slight vegetal note as well. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

As with the second third, the cedar returns to the front of the palate, with the tannic qualities falling off. The chocolate in the middle of the palate takes on more definition on the retrohale, with some heat coming through at the end of the draw.

Final Third

Two main changes within the last third. The first is the strength ramps to a medium-full (body finishes the same medium). The second is having a greater spice presence within the dry red pepper spice and baking spices.

Burn

The burn line was straight the entire way and the ash held on in near two inch increments.

Burn

The burn on the Trinitas is very straight through the first third with up to a 2 inch ash. In the middle third, the burn becomes uneven, eventually requiring a touch-up. The burn is uneven for the rest of the middle third but corrects itself.

Burn

Perfect burn performance with tight ashes, even burn and cool burning temperature throughout.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The flavor profile consisted of musty cedar for most of the cigar with some short moments of added cream. The final third showed the mustiness increasing and some slight bitterness. Construction was perfect and the strength level was mild-medium until the final third when it bumped up to slightly below medium. The cigar was fairly average as it was a simple flavor profile with low strength and no complexity. Definitely an interesting result from a Mexican San Andres wrapped cigar. The price point is a bit high, which I don’t feel fits with the results of the smoking experience. It’s a fun size and a cigar that would work well for those that like mellow strength cigars. Definitely a cigar that would work for those that are early on in their cigar journey.

Draw

I initially marked the draw as subpar as it was roughly 4 notches into resistant. I would describe it as extremely tight. As the cigar progressed, the draw opened to 2-1/2 notches towards the resistant spectrum. I averaged the draw experience from the start of the cigar to the point where it opened up slightly.

Overall

The Providencia Trinitas delivers rich San Andres chocolate notes, with flavors of cedar, minerality and baking spices. I found the first and second thirds delivered consistent flavors with the final third being average. The burn was very good, but the draw did struggle for some time before finally opening up. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Draw

The draw was also perfect, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

One main word comes to mind when describing the Providencia Trinitas, thin. Especially, thinness in flavors. What I namely got out of it was some spice and earth tones of dry red pepper spice, baking spices and cedar. Especially with such a typically flavor dominant wrapper as Mexican San Andres, thinness should be the last thing I should say. This compounded by a fairly premium price of $12, is not something I can get behind.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
GoodPre
Light
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
GoodFirst
Third
Average
AverageSecond
Third
GoodSecond
Third
Average
SubparFinal
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Average
AmazingBurnAmazingBurnAmazing
AmazingDrawAverageDrawAmazing
AverageOverallGoodOverallAverage

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.40

Cost/Point

$2.22

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$1.88

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

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