Trinidad Reyes, Cuban Cigar Information
My view on the Trinidad Reyes
The Trinidad brand in terms of price and quality are finely balanced in comparison to other premium Cuban cigars. The second most expensive regular production short smoke behind the Cohiba Siglo I, it definitely gets a lot more love than it's Cohiba cousin. I have found that the Reyes is a lot more consistent cigar than the Cohiba Siglo I in terms of flavour profile. I find the Siglo I tasting somewhat flat, and that is a travesty when you are expected to pay a premium for a cigar that should deliver every time you pick one from the Humidor. Then there is the Reyes that slots nicely between the price bracket of 'premium' Cuban Cigars such as the Bolívar Coronas Junior and Ramon Allónes Small Club Coronas and the Siglo I.
I find that the Reyes needs some ageing time before they can be smokeable. I'll give you my experience with a recent box of Reyes. In October 2013 I purchased a 24 count box with a box code of May 2013. With a little less than six months ageing I found the two I smoked from the box in November to be unsmokeable! Both were harsh, with acrid flavours and that ammonia element that kills you when you inhale it. Now, fast forward to May 2014. A mere six or seven months of extra age totally transformed the Cigar. The true flavours that you would expect from the Trinidad Reyes, sweet tobacco notes with a spicy, full finish just oozed from the cigar. The cigars in the box had transformed from dud, less than 70 point cigars to solid 90 pointers!
The Siglo I is the smallest sized Cigar in the Siglo range. This Petit Corona, the Siglo I was released in 1994 as part of the Siglo range.