I tend to drift in and out of cigar forums (as evidenced by my year and half break here), but I do love even the passing interactions of trades, bombs, splits, and passes. The only "hands-off" drawer in my humidor holds all the cigars I've received from others. The cigar I'm reviewing today is from the very first bomb I ever received that included a CC. Technically, it is also the very first CC I've ever owned. I don't know the box code or it's age, just the date I received it (11/21/13). At the time it was a unicorn to me (like pretty much all CC), so I hid it away to savor the anticipation. Since then I've smoked several CC, but still never a Trinidad Fundadores. While I know these are old hat to many, it is something that I've been holding on to for far too long.
Feels a bit tight near the foot, so let the cigar sit on my counter for a few hours since I never dry box (too much planning). Most of it feels mildly springy, so fingers crossed. The humidity was ~63RH when pulled from the humidor. According to WU it is 60°F and 28% outside as I get ready to light this up. Scissor cut just above the cap lines.
Prelight, it smells VERY mild. Hint of cinnamon, but it’s so light it may just be my imagination. I’m starting to worry I may have hoarded it too long. Cold draw flavor is similarly mild. Just a hint of green tea. Upon first light, it’s missing the “wow puff”. When I take that first puff on a cigar after slowly toasting the foot, I usually experience a fantastic mix of flavors. It’s one of my favorite parts of smoking a cigar. Even crappy cigars tend to have a “wow puff” for me. The fact that it’s missing here is not a good sign.
Starting out, the draw is perfect. My concern about it being plugged is happily unfounded.
Surprising amount of smoke. Definitely heavy compared to most of the cigars in my rotation.
Very mild start, aroma mild as well. Dominant flavor of shortbread biscuit and woody, but have to really fight to find it. A bit of a musty burnt grass pops in and out.
Flavors are almost non-existent and I find myself retrohaling on every puff to find them. Occasional sweetness on retro, but I’m definitely worried it is too old and lost it’s flavor.
Strength of flavor picking up, mostly of toasted tobacco. Shortbread flavor gone.
Noticing a heavier amount of oils coating the throat than I get with most of the cigars I smoke. Maybe from all the retrohaling.
Started to tunnel a bit at the dense spot requiring a touch up. Other than that, burn has been pretty even.
Sweet cedar sneaking in some nice flavor. Still, super mild and I feel like I’m working to find flavors.
Sweet cedar picking up, tinge of cinnamon on retro comes and goes.
Sweet cedar is dominant, and while nice, it is still way too mild.
Bit of a musky sweetness creeps in and develops into a creamy sweetness. Hands down the strongest and best flavor so far. Really is a great flavor. Unfortunately I’m at the end of the cigar.
3 out of 5 -- Smokeable, but disappointing
Smoking time was a little over an hour and a half. Construction wise, the mild tunneling between the first and second third was the only issue and corrected easily. The rest of the time it burned very well. No cracking or bursting. Overall, I’m really kicking myself for sitting on this so long. That final “goodbye” flavor was fantastic. If there had been more of that and more pronounced flavors earlier on I’m sure this would have been a great cigar. The flashes of what it probably was 5 years ago makes me really regret having hoarded this. I’ll have to pick up some fresher examples to try again.
I didn’t nub, but it was pleasant enough to take to the band.