Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan Ligero
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Honduran LIgero
Vitola: 6 1/2 x 52 (Figurado)
Brand: Providencia Cigars
CigarNoise Price Range: $11 – $14
Source: Providencia Cigars
Providencia Trinitas – Opening Thoughts
The Providencia Trinitas is, right now, a unicorn. For another two to six weeks, you’ll never find one. The fine folks at Providencia Cigars offered me the rare opportunity to review this pre-release, triple ligero smoke and I of course accepted. You may recognize the Providencia name from my past reviews of their El Santo cigar and their El Padre offering.
The Trinitas was what I would describe as “soft box pressed”. The San Andres wrapped edges were uniform and elegant. The foot was tapered sharply and the cap had a torpedo shape to it. It reminded me of the shape you see in the Oliva Serie V Melanio.
The wrapper wreaked of chocolate, earth and sweet tobacco. The cold draw held a perfect amount of resistance filled with hay and mild tobacco flavors. A hint of sweetness managed to hide effectively far in the profile background.
Providencia Trinitas – First Third
Wet Earth, Cocoa, Black Pepper, Coffee, Dry Wood, Mint
Upon flame meeting foot, the Trinitas jumped to life with heady flavors of wet earth and cocoa. Black pepper notes were evident on the palate but were even sharper in the retrohale. Smoke production was heavy and had an excellent mouthfeel to it. Halfway through the first section of the Trinitas, the black pepper vanished, replaced by a cool mint sensation. The mint created a nice cooling effect on the tip of my tongue.
Allowing smoke to drift through my sinuses, coffee and dry wood mixed together perfectly. A sharp pepper spice created enough heat to make things interesting but wasn’t overpowering.
Mechanically, the Trinitas was batting about .750. The burn was wavy, but sharp and required one minor correction int he first third. While the flavors I mentioned may not sound overly complex, each one managed to highlight the other as they traded spots frequently as the lead flavor. It was a really great first third and lasted about thirty-one minutes.
Providencia Trinitas – Middle Third
Cocoa, Cedar, Cereal Grain, Mint, Dark Fruits, Mild Black Pepper
With the first third setting the bar rather high, the middle section proved early it wasnt to be outdone. Heavy layers of cocoa and cedar rolled across my palate. It was truly delicious. As I moved further through the Trinitas, a cereal grain flavor appeared in the mix as well, creating a bit of welcome complexity. Finishing every draw was the amazing minty essence cooling my tongue. I had never experienced this with any other ligero tobacco. Calling it unique may be understating the fact a little.
Trinitas improved in construction performance as well. While the burn remained wavy but sharp, it required no maintenance from me. The ash hung on nearly the entire middle section and unfortunately, fell right before I was able to get a photo. Interjecting itself right after the ash fell, dark fruit notes appeared briefly. They introduced the first possibility of sweetness to the profile and while they didn’t last long, it created an enjoyable nuance to the profile.
I can’t say enough good about the retrohale experience. Light cedar notes with a minty, mild pepper finish delighted me. The smoke was smooth, heavy and luxurious.
Providencia Trinitas – Final Third
Wet Cedar, Mild Tobacco, Cocoa, Red Pepper, Mint, Coffee
With expectations high and my palate drenched with the amazing Trinitas experience, I began the final third. The final section didn’t hold any surprises, but was nonetheless very enjoyable.
Wet cedar and mild tobacco led the way for some time until giving way to a stronger presence of cocoa mingled with the tobacco notes. Red pepper heated things up with mint cooling things off in the end. As I mentioned, no big reveals, but very nice.
With the burn staying straight and sharp, maintenance was far from a concern. Smoke production continued to be impressive with the familiar heavy mouthfeel. The retrohale moments featured heavy notes of the mint and towed along many of the flavors from the main profile. Coffee, cocoa cedar and red pepper spice all made an appearance. The medley was perfectly formed.
Excellent Flavor Profile
Great Value vs Experience