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Dinner Selection – May 2010
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Vasco da Gama Capa da Cuba Cigarillo
Trinidad Reyes
San Cristobal La Fuerza

Vasco da Gama Capa da Cuba Cigarillos (Cigarillo 100mm x Ring 22)
Made in Europe in the Arnold André factory, the filler is an exceptional blend of several tobaccos from the former Dutch East Indies and Brazil, with a Cuban wrapper (capa). The short-cut filler leaf allows the natural aromatic oils to spread and blend, creating a more complex yet light, easy-burning, flavourful cigar, and ensuring an easy draw. The cigarillo is a nice size to smoke during a coffee break or while waiting for a game drive or a meal.

Your first cigar:
Trinidad Reyes - (Extended Half Corona, 110mm x Ring 40)
Trinidad is named after the beautiful 16th Century city of La Santísima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), listed by UNESCO as a historical monument, which is situated on Cuba’s south coast.
Raul Valladares, master blender for Tabacuba with more than 40 years experience in cigar tobaccos, who is credited with the creation of the blend for Trinidad, said “I am always looking for an extremely aromatic and elegant cigar”. He added that the new Trinidad is a unique blend – nothing to do with Cohiba (the predecessor of Trinidad as the Cuban “Diplomatic Cigar”).
James Suckling put it more descriptively “These cigars are for someone looking for flavours and complexity and not in-your-face, beat-you-on-the-head character”.
Cigar Aficionado December 1999 : 91 points
Perfect for the first cigar – not too long, not too strong, full of flavour.

An “Outstanding” finish:
San Cristobal La Fuerza – (Extended Robusto, 140mm x Ring 50)
San Cristóbal de la Habana was the original name of Havana, Cuba’s capital city, when it was founded in 1519; San Cristóbal (St Christopher) in honour of Columbus and La Habana after an Indian name for the site. San Cristóbal de la Habana cigars were introduced in 1999 as a tribute to the city’s long history on the threshold of the new Millennium.
Pepe Gonzalez, the jovial and well-informed manager of the La Corona factory, told James Suckling that San Cristobal was designed for the serious smoker -- "men 35 years and older who want a powerful smoke." I think he's delivered (though I wouldn't worry about the age or sex restrictions)” says Suckling.
Production is limited, only a few torcedors are selected to make San Cristobal and can roll about 1 million a year – compared with the approximately 16 million Cohibas produced annually.
Cigar Aficionado May 2008 : 93 points (Outstanding)
11mm longer than a classic robusto – with plenty of flavour, and more cigar to enjoy to the end of the evening.


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