Monthly Archives: August 2007

H. Upmann Corona Major

This is one of the cigars that I bought on Singapore airport as a starting aficionado, and even though I had a terrible lack of knowledge I instantly loved this 129mm long ring 42 cigar. I went straight to my local reseller but unfortunately this cigar wasn’t sold in The Netherlands so after a while I ordered a box at Zigarren Discount and just a few months after I received my cigars word got out that the H.Upmann corona major would be available for the Dutch market.
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The box H.Upmann I have is from November 06, so the cigars are still a bit young, but I could not control myself anymore and decided to light one tonight. The cigar has a nice silky wrapper with just a few veins, it looks and feels good and it smells nice, a bit like dried hay. The predraw and the draw were a bit hard though.
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Right after lighting the cigar my mouth was filled with a warm sweet flavor and after about one centimeter that sweet taste got companied by creamy leather. Especially the sweet taste is unique, I never tasted that in any other cigar I tried. After about a third of the cigar some light pepper was noticeable. About halfway the leather and the sweetness disappeared and the cigar got a beautiful pallet of herbs. At the end I could briefly taste some cacao, but that was gone in two puffs.
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The burn was close to perfect, only right at the end the cigar lost the straight burn but it was very close to the cigar band, so I let the burn die. The smoke started a bit light but it got thicker and stronger as the cigar progressed. The ash was firm and beautifully silver gray.
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Will I buy this cigar again? Yes I will
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Cuaba Salomon

Well, what can I say? This is by far the biggest cigar I smoked so far. It is huge, 187 mm long and a ring size of 57, it has a strange shape and it looks just impressive, though, a real men’s cigar with the raw wrapper with veins, the shape and the nice colorful band.

When I smell the cigar I can smell some hay. Trying to cut the cigar is always a hassle with figurados due to the torpedo shape. Cutting a normal shaped cigar is easy, I just put my cutter flat on the table, stick the cigar in and cut, but that won’t work with a figurado. Cut too little and you get a hard draw and a nicotine rush, cut too big and it feels like you are blowing a hose. I made a perfect cut so the pre-draw was fine, not heavy but not light either. The draw became heavier though the more the cigar was smoked.

After lighting the cigar I tasted light leather with a bit of sweetness. After about one and a half centimeter the leather becomes stronger but never loses its smoothness. Halfway there is a bit cacao and a mild taste of tobacco on the background and at 2/3rd some nut flavors pass. Somewhere hidden in the cigar is a bit of pepper and right before the turning point I can taste some liquorices sweet. Even though there are several flavors available in the cigar, I expected much more complex city and more evolution in the flavors. It is not as full bodied as I expected.

Due to the strange shape I had lot of burn problems, straight from the start. I had to correct several times. The ash is pretty, silver gray and firm, the smoke is light and thin.

Will I buy this cigar again? I don’t think so

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6/10
Smoke & Ash: 7/10
Aroma first part: 6/10
Aroma second part: 7/10
Aroma third part: 6/10

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