Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)
Binder and Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Price: Just under $5.00 each
Behind The Stick:
I have tried to find a bit of information about the H. Upmann line, but aside from the Cuban cigars, their Dominican counterparts really are not very well documented. They are being produced by Altadis U.S.A., the same company the produces the Dominican versions of Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo. They report this cigar is a medium body due to the Piloto Cubano, the Cuban-seed Dominican filler that these cigars are formed around. I wish there was more of a background I could produce, but this just means more directly to the review!
P.s. Forewarning, this is my go-to cigar, one of my personal favorites (even when compared to some more complex cigars) and I have smoked more of these than any other cigar, by a long shot. ~You’ve been warned haha!~
I think one of the reasons they put the large cedar sleeve over this cigar is to hide how ugly they are – haha! Joking aside, if your looking for a smooth, uniform looking cigar then this is not the stick for you. Evenly packed from head to foot and doused with minimal (but numerous) small veins, the cigar seems to carry a certain level of ‘character’ and originality that I don’t often see. One thing I really have to praise them on, the band and sleeve are almost always applied perfectly and required the smallest of effort to remove them both without any issues to the wrapper.
From the time I put flame to this stick, an overwhelmingly smooth smoke just poured from within carrying with it very mild wood and tobacco flavor. Don’t expect a whole lot of flavor the first half inch or so but once the cigar has a chance to warm up a pleasant spice starts to push forward. This wood flavor, balanced out by the spice, started to get additions as the cigar progressed – nice sweet undertones and a bitter leather overtone blends amazingly well with the mild wood and tobacco flavors already firmly on your taste buds. Towards the end of the cigar, the leather and wood (almost cedar by this time) seem to fade out and give way to a very bitter ending – I have to admit although I love these cigars, I don’t nub them.
Go out and buy these cigars. As I said, I am a little bias but I’ve also been sure to point out what I think the downfalls are. I feel this is the type of cigar that nearly everyone can enjoy – On more than one occasion I have had someone come up to me and say ‘what cigar do you recommend?’ instinctively I go to this cigar as a base line. Medium in body, flavorful (although somewhat linear) with well balanced flavors and medium on the nicotine – I feel that any new or seasoned smoker would find these enjoyable. The price point, right around $5.00 USD per smoke, makes this cigar that much more attractive – so, as I’ve said before, if you have never tried one I highly highly recommend you give these a shot, if you have smoked them before then you already know what I’m talking about and hopefully this will spark you to go get a few more!
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory