The Trinidad Cugan Cigars brand was first produced in 1969 in Havana. It is named after the beautiful, sixteenth-century city of Santisima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity), a UNESCO historical monument on Cuba’s south coast. In 1992, the manager of the El Laguito factory where they were produced, claimed in an interview that Trinidad was an ultra-exclusive brand that only Fidel Castro was authorised to hand out as diplomatic gifts. Castro contradicted this claim in his autobiography, saying he never used them, only Cohiba. They were however, initially produced for use as diplomatic gifts.