This particular H. Upmann #2, a 6⅛ x 52 torpedo has the same name as his Montecristo brother and that is because before the revolution both the H.Upmann brand and the Montecristo brand were owned by the same company, Menendez Y Carcia. This particular cigar had a 2006 box code and comes from a torpedo sampler I bought a few years ago and has been stored in my humidor since.
The cigar has a raw, rough and bumpy wrapper, which is chocolate brown colored and oily. The band is simple and looks like the famous Montecristo band, but that has probably to do with the old ties between the brands. The cigar has a barnyard aroma that is so unique to Cuba that you can tell that this is a Cuban cigar just by the smell. The construction is a bit off, I feel a few somewhat softer spots, not really soft, but there is a difference in construction. The predraw is a bit loose.
I taste a dry leather flavor, full but smooth and soon I get some earth too. After a quarter of an inch I already taste the typical Cuban flavors. After an inch I also taste some chocolate. The flavors are dry and mild creamy. The chocolate disappears again and I taste leather, earth and some hay.
The flavors are full, complex, well balanced, typical Cuban and superb. After ⅝ I get a hint of chocolate again and the flavors are now dry but not creamy anymore. After two thirds I get some pepper, a mix of black and red peppers.
This cigar had a smoke duration of an hour and thirty minutes. I got a decent amount of smoke, which was reasonably thick. The draw is just a nudge on the loose side. I had to correct the burn one or two times. The ash is light colored with some dark spots and it is firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Hell yeah!
Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7/ 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 9 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10