Cigar Brand: Trinidad

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Trinidad cigars are typical Cuban cigars, though the definition of ‘typical Cuban’ is still a mystery. It is this mysterious nature of the taste and feel of Trinidad Cuban cigars that made them to be produced exclusively for Fidel Castro. When the world began drawing on the many varieties of Trinidad cigars, it saluted the smooth blend of tobacco with the tinges of herbs, flowers, and bean. These cigars are available in two sizes. One is the diplomatic Trinidad brand that is similar to Cohiba Lancero. Its ring gauge is 38 and length is 195 mm. The other one is the Trinidad Fundador. Its length is the same as Cohibas, but the ring gauge is 40.  
Trinidad cigars are typical Cuban cigars, though the definition of ‘typical Cuban’ is still a mystery. It is this mysterious nature of the taste and feel of Trinidad Cuban cigars that made them to be produced exclusively for Fidel Castro. When the world began drawing on the many varieties of Trinidad cigars, it saluted the smooth blend of tobacco with the tinges of herbs, flowers, and bean. These cigars are available in two sizes. One is the diplomatic Trinidad brand that is similar to Cohiba Lancero. Its ring gauge is 38 and length is 195 mm. The other one is the Trinidad Fundador. Its length is the same as Cohibas, but the ring gauge is 40. As the name suggests, Trinidad Cuban cigars were produced in the name of the Cuban city of Trinidad. This cigar brand is of great historic importance because it has its roots deeply set in the Cuban revolution and the reign of Fidel Castro. The actual production of Trinidad cigars dates back to 1969. At that time it was developed in the El Laguito factory that was in Havana. This factory produced the Trinidad cigars that were supposed to be used only as diplomatic gifts by Fidel Castro. But the great leader revealed the fact that he does not know much about the brand and claims that it was the original Cuban brand called Cohiba Lancero that was let out as diplomatic gifts. The reason for this discrepancy between the historical records and Fidel Castro’s statement might be because of the fact that Trinidad cigars were given out as diplomatic gifts of a lower-level and the leader might have been unaware of the brand. The Cohibas that were the actual diplomatic gifts got a fermentation of a third barrel and the Trinidad cigars had a blend of tobacco that was almost like that of the Cohiba vitolas. However, the statements given by the Avelino Lara, who was once the El Laguito factory’s manager, shows that Trinidad cigars were of a higher level of quality than the Cohibas and that it was the ultra-exclusive brand given out by Fidel Castro as diplomatic gifts. Due to such contradictory statements, it is still a mystery whether Trinidad cigars are truly the exclusive and elusive cigars that could only be in the hands of a select few aficionados. Whatever be the facts, it is widely known that Trinidad Fundador was one of the great Cuban cigar brands that only people in high places could get their hands on. Therefore, the post-revolution brand gained immediate popularity when it was launched for public sale after 1997. However, even before the official launch after the year 1997, the brand fell into the hands of people who were not anywhere in the diplomatic circles. This happened in the great event hosted by Cigar Aficionado in 1995. That event was the ‘Dinner of the Century’ and the venue was Paris in France. At the event, Trinidad Cuban cigars were one of those exclusive items that were openly exhibited for guests as an exquisite dessert. That was the first time that this wonderful cigar brand, which was oft talked about in the 1990s after Avelino Lara’s statement was made public by Cigar Aficionado, touched the lips of the common man. Though the official production of Trinidad cigars was one of the hottest news items to hit the stands of the cigar lovers’ world in the early 1990s, people had to wait till the year 1998 to see the brand out in the open. In a grand event in Havana at the Habana Libre Hotel in February 1998, the Trinidad Cuban cigar brand was officially released to be consumed by the public. But even after this official release, it was not easy to find Trinidad cigars. The brand was still a rarity that only some lucky cigar aficionados were able to lay their fingers on. The main reason for this initial unavailability of the cigars in large numbers was that only one size of Trinidad cigars was produced. This initial brand was the Trinidad Fundador.