The Cigar: Invictis Centurio. TreJ Cigars.
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano.
Wrapper Aroma from Head to Foot:
Quite sweet from the head through to the middle where dark chocolate & vanilla became prominent. Gets a little mint-y towards the foot.
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Criollo ’98 and Piloto Cubano
Blended by: Jose Blanco. Las Cumbres Tabaco.
Tabacalera La Palma factory / Dominican Republic.
Designed by: Emma Victorsson
Cigar Cut & Ignition. Using the Vertigo Lighter / Punch combo. Great Punch; perfect entry; easy pop-out cleaning head.
TreJ Invictis Ignition: A couple of puffs and we’re smokin’!
Firm pack. Just a bit of a tight draw on the initial puffs, but then it loosens up nicely.
TreJ Invictis Tasting Notes: Vanilla and Cotton Candy.
Got a bit of mint there. The smokiness is lingering in the back-palate.
Cocoa and coffee coming through on the 1st third.
Heading to the half-way point, Invictis is a medium body cigar with great draw and tastes/aromas of cream, almond & just a bit of graphite.
I’d suggest smoking this cigar more wet than dry. Biting down a bit allows a lot more smoke to filter through. Ash is a lovely white with slight grey striations.
The burn is holding even as it approaches the 1/2 point.
Past the 1/2 point, there was more toasted aroma/flavour on the TreJ Invicitis.
The ash hasn’t yet fallen – to me, a sign of great construction.
The TreJ Invictis is a lovely smoke.
Great for either the novice or the experienced cigar aficionado.
The ash fell just past the 1/2 way point and burns well, needing no additional attention.
Taste & aroma remain true. No sign of “heat” coming through after the ash fell; again, to me, a sign of impeccable construction.
Cigar maintains an even burn as it approaches the band.
As a matter of fact, it’s burning even better. Temperature remains consistent, making the smoking experience a treasure of length, balance and complexity.
There’s no flaws to the TreJ Invictis – often a rarity in cigars. It just keeps burning even & true. A pleasure at any time, this cigar suits any time of day.
You’ll need at least an hour for this cigar … an hour well spent.
Truly, a joy to smoke!
TreJ Invictis paired with: Lot 40 Canadian Whisky: Wow. The whisky changed from something sweet to something savoury with the TreJ Invictis Cigar. Lot 40 overpowered the cigar a bit. Aromas and flavours a bit subdued; just a hint of cocoa.
Getting a bit of cereal on the nose at the 1/2 point of the TreJ Invictis cigar.
As the cigar approaches the band, the pairing with the whisky is rather neutral.
It’s a good pair, but the whisky isn’t offering anything that I would call complex.
The finale of the TreJ & Lot 40 Canadian Whisky is pleasant and acceptable.
TreJ Invictis paired with: Legendario Rum:
I love how the cigar smoke has brought out concentrated sweet aromas from the Legendario Rum. On the palate, the creaminess & buttery impressions of the rum is staying true. I got some poppy-seed just now; very cool tasting experience.
Honey comes through on the Legendario Rum nose at the band stage of the TreJ Invictis.
Notes of milk chocolate and sweet cream.
Sweet spice compliments all the other flavours and aromas of the smoke.
TreJ Invictis Paired with: Glenfarclas 40yo Speyside Scotch:
The Invictis Cigar is adding a briny aroma-note to the Glenfarclas 40yo, which is a little unusual, but very interesting and not unpleasant.
Candy Corn on the nose of the whisky. Beautiful fresh rose aroma.
I love the aroma combinations lifting from the whisky, but have to admit that on the palate, the body of the Scotch doesn’t quite match the body of the cigar.
Just got a hint of coconut from the retro as a puff of the TreJ Invictis cigar came through.
Invictis Paired with: Coffee
Espresso expresses a bitterness associated with 70% cacao.
The Invictis Cigar is definitely a cigar best paired with spirits.
The espresso just sticks to the palate a bit too much.
The Spirits: Technical Tasting Notes on the Spirits prior to pairing with TreJ Invictis Cigar:
Lot 40 Canadian Whisky
Color: 24kt Gold
Nose: I got a little saltiness on 1st whiff, but that blew off, exposing the spicy sweetness classic to Canadian Rye: Caramel. Orange Peel & Brown Sugar.
Quite Earthy which I think might work well with the TreJ Invictis Cigar
Palate: Smoke. Orange Marmalade. Charcoal on the retro.
Finish: Medium. Sweet
Color: 18kt Gold
Nose: Candied Lemon. Tropical Fruit. Brown Sugar . Banana
Palate: Butter. Nougat. Almond. Lemon. Tannin
Finish: Medium. Savoury
Glenfarclas 40yo Speyside Scotch Whisky
Color: 18kt Gold
Nose: Floral. Marzipan. Hint of Orange
Palate: Orange. Walnut. Sultana. Lemon.
Finish: Long. Tannin. Citrus
In summary: the TreJ Invictis Cigar works well with any of the brown spirits selected in this pairing exercise. It’s a cigar you’ll enjoy from beginning to end, but for my money, it’s Legendario Rum or Glenfarclas 40yo for the best over-all cigar and spirits tasting experience!
Ron Legendario Rum
Lot 40 Canadian Whisky