A historic brand of prestigious and mysterious origin, cigars bearing the Trinidad name were first rolled in Cuba by founder Diego Trinidad in 1905. After decades as a family business, Trinidad was acquired by Habanos S.A. in the 1960s. Under the new ownership, these special cigars were never sold to the public but reserved for gifting to only the highest-ranking foreign dignitaries by Cuban Leader Fidel Castro.

Havana, Cuba circa 1905

The seldom-seen cigars, then rolled in a single 7 1/2 x 38 vitola, were considered to be the absolute finest in the world. So closely-guarded was the secret of the Trinidad cigar that even many prominent tobacco executives were unaware of its existence up until the late 1990s.  

In 1997, at the height of the U.S. cigar boom, the Trinidad family teamed up with the Fuentes to finally introduce the first Dominican Trinidad cigars. This U.S.-legal and commercially-sold version of these distinguished and storied cigars was eventually sold to Altadis U.S.A., who has continued to produce the non-Cuban Trinidad brand to this day.

The Trinidad brand had been largely coasting on “auto-pilot” until the Santiago blend gave it a powerful jump-start in 2018 with the introduction of the Trinidad Santiago.

Injecting a bright new vibrancy into this curious Cuban heritage brand, the Santiago was dreamed up by Aging Room cigar impresario and smooth operator Rafael Nodal and his frequent collaborator, tobacco master Jochy Blanco.

Handcrafted using 100% Dominican Habano tobaccos at Tabacalera Palma, home to many of the highly-rated Aging Room cigars, the Trinidad Santiago packs a satisfying shot of smooth full flavor into your choice of three unique sizes. A creamy ensemble of tasting notes with tones of earth, cocoa bean, and subtle sweetness shine through with the great balance that Nodal is famous for.

Medium-full in body, the Trinidad Santiago has earned 92-point ratings for both Toro and Belicoso sizes and was even honored as one of the Top 25 Cigars of 2018. Cigar Insider noted the cigar as being “full of earth, coffee and licorice notes that transition elegantly into a honeyed, woody finish”.

92-Rated Trinidad Santiago Belicoso (box of 20)

Once a luxury available only to the world’s elite, Trinidad cigars are now yours for the taking, and the Santiago is a fantastic place to start – grab yours here.


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