There will be no Tres Reynas this year and it’s unclear if one will return next year. What is for certain is that the two partners behind the cigar—the Quesadas and the Garcías of My Father Cigars fame have a lot going on this year, enough that they decided to forgo the 2014 edition.
Tres Reynas, which translates into three queens, is a line created out of the friendship of sisters Patricia and Raquel Quesada and Janny García of My Father Cigars. The line, which was limited in both 2012 and 2013, was produced by the Garcías and sold by the Quesadas.
Last year, Tres Reynas received an extension in the form of a 5 x 46 Corona, which I reviewed in July:
Let’s get this out of the way first. We’ve had these cigars for a few weeks, and while it is still early, I liked the 2012 version better when they were fresh. For me, the Tres Reynas Corona suffers because of the portfolios of both My Father and SAG Imports. This is a decent cigar that has a lot of good qualities, there are just a few issues and no real defining unique aspect that would make me pick this over another cigar from the Garcías or Quesadas. The price point is a gigantic breath of fresh air, but there are a lot of cigars the two companies have that I’d pay a dollar or two more.
- Cigar Reviewed: Tres Reynas 2013 Corona
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Size: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 46
- Vitola: Corona
- MSRP: $6.95 (Boxes of 20, $139)
- Date Released: July 2013
- Number of Cigars Released: 1,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Redux: 1
Whatever oils were actually on the Tres Reynas last year, which I don’t recall as being much, have left the cigar, which now seems a bit darker in color than I remember. A quick sampling of the aroma of the foot shows some clear signs of being in the humidor, particularly through the heavy spanish cedar flavor along with some peanuts. Cold draw is excellent with chocolate, oak, lemons and walnuts on a pretty open draw for the size.
From the start, it’s clear that a year has done wonders to the Tres Reynas: cedar and peanuts open things before a saltiness transitions subtle chocolates into pretzels. Through the nose I pick up oak and citrus notes, along with a barnyard finish that ties things together. Midway through and a creaminess begins to around the cedar with pepper finally beginning to show itself, making my mouth water quite a bit. It only takes an inch and the pepper is gone, leaving the Tres Reynas with two distinct woody flavors—cedar and oak—as sweetness builds. That carries itself into the final inch, ending a relatively quick smoke.
My notes from last year indicate the draw was somewhat open, which I once again found to be the case here, although there was enough resistance that I really enjoyed it, even as someone that would prefer a somewhat tighter draw. Burn was great throughout, never needing a touch-up and the smoke production was gigantic once you took a puff, but relatively minimal as the cigar rested in my ashtray. Strength of the Tres Reynas Corona is now on the lower end of medium, a pretty big step down from what I experienced fresh.
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In my original review, I stated I liked the 2012 version better than how the 2013 version smoked fresh—turns out I like the 2013 version with a year or so in the humidor a lot better. This is a top-to-bottom solid cigar that doesn’t try to do much, but performs admirably at what it does do. Gone is the chocolate that dominated the cigar at is earlier place, leaving a fair range of less sweet flavors, wonderfully balanced and in this case, with great construction. I’m a bit surprised at just how much has been improved in one year, but I’m not complaining, I’ve got a few left in the humidor.