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Trinidad La Trova Arrives in La Casa del Habanos

The new Trinidad La Trova has been realised by Habanos SA and is now available in the UK exclusively through La Casa del Habanos. This cigar is the latest in a series of cigars released by Cuba that are only available through this global franchise of shops.

 

There are two La Casas in the UK, one in Teddington and one in Chester, please click on the links to find out more about these shops.

 

 

Brand:                 Trinidad

Flavour Profile:   Medium

Shop Name:         La Trova

Factory Name:    Cañonazo Especial

Measurements:    6 ½” (166mm) x 52 (with a pig-tail cap)

Presentation:      SBN boxes of 12 cigars

 

 

The cigar, known within the factories of Cuba as a Cañonazo Especial, is the same size as the Cohiba 1966, a 2011 Edicion Limitada, and is just the second time that this shape has been used.

 

La Trova is named after one of the main styles of music found in Cuba, with the Havana Times describing it thus;

 

“The musical style called “trova” was born in Santiago de Cuba.  It emerged from bohemian musicians, each with a guitar under their arm, wandering through their streets, playing their songs in parks, plazas, bars or street corners.”

 

 

 

 

The Trinidad brand is named after the beautiful 16th Century city of La Santisma Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), which is situated on Cuba’s south coast and listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

 

The production of Trinidad cigars actually started in 1969 at El Laguito, the Cohiba factory, but only very small quantities were made exclusively for the Cuban Council of State, which gave them as gifts to foreign diplomats and visiting dignitaries.

 

 

These cigars, known unofficially as Trinidad ‘Diplomats’, were thinner than the Fundadores, in fact they were standard Laguito No. 1s like the Cohiba Lancero, but contained a very different, fuller flavoured, tobacco blend.

 

They remained completely unknown outside diplomatic circles until September 1992 when their existence was revealed in the first issue of the American magazine, Cigar Aficionado.

 

From then on Trinidad became the Holy Grail of cigar enthusiasts, if only because they were virtually impossible to obtain.  Some were auctioned for the Cuban Health Service in boxes signed by Fidel Castro at Cigar Aficionado’s Dinner of the Century in Paris in 1994 and London in 1995.  Then, in 1997, some of the diplomats, who had been privileged to receive them, tested their price at auction.  They were well rewarded when boxes of 25 Trinidad Diplomats sold first for £7,000 and then, later that same year, for £10,000 – that’s £400 per cigar.

 

Soon afterwards the Cuban cigar industry decided that, if people were happy to pay so much for Trinidads, the time was ripe to launch the brand to the general public.  A team was assembled at El Laguito under the factory’s Director, Emilia Tamayo, to prepare Trinidad for the market.  Work was completed in November 1997 and the brand was officially launched in Havana in February 1998.

 

The current line up consists of three cigars, the original Fundador, 7 1’/2” (192mm) x40 ring gauge, the Coloniales, 5 ¼” (132mm) x 44 ring gauge, the Reyes, 4 3/8” (110mm) x 40 ring gauge and the most recent addition, the Vigia 4 3/8” (110mm) x 54 ring gauge.

 

Today, all classic line Trinidad cigars are manufactured at the Francisco Donatién Factory in Pinar del Río, one of the most well-respected tobacco growing regions of the world.

 

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