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.
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.
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.
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.
Will I buy this cigar again? Yes I will
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

Categories: Cuban cigars, H. Upmann (Habanos), H. Upmann Factory | Tags: , ,

Cuaba Salomon

Well, what can I say? This is by far the biggest Cuban 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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