Posts Tagged With: H. Upmann (Habanos)

H. Upmann Connaisseur #1

3 years ago I bought a nice sampler with several Cuban robustos. The sampler ended up under a pile of other cigars I bought afterwards and when I rediscovered this sampler I decided to try the 5×48 robusto from my favorite marca, H.Upmann. This cigar isn’t called ‘robusto’ but connoisseur No.1 and the ring is 48 instead of the classic 50. I bought this sampler early 2007, so I guess that the cigar is from 2006.
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The cigar has a beautiful but veiny and oily wrapper and a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the predraw confirms the good construction. I taste a dry tobacco flavor.
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I get a full coffee flavor which morphs into a mild spicy and full earth flavor.
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After an inch I also taste leather. The flavors are well balanced and complex. The cigar has the typical H. Upmann flavors including a hint of chocolate and nuts. Halfway the cigar gets a little spicy.
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This robusto lasted me for an hour. I got a lot of thick white smoke. The ash is firm and dark. The draw is good but I had to correct the burn a few times. This cigar is medium flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I think I rather smoke the Magnum 46 than this cigar

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

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H. Upmann Magnum 50

The H. Upmann magnum 50 is originally the 2005 Limited Edition but became so in demand that Habanos decided to put it into regular production and I don’t blame them. Although this stick isn’t cheap in The Netherlands with a price tag of € 12.40, this is the stick that I always pick when I walk in my favorite cigarshop in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars at the Beethovenstraat.
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The H. Upmann magnum 50 is a 6¼x50 stick with a Cuban barnyard aroma and a pale brown wrapper with a few veins and some waterspots. The construction feels a bit soft, but the predraw after punching the cigar is fine. The predraw leaves a mild peppery flavor on my palate. I like the fact that the extra band actually fits with the normal H.Upmann band, it’s nothing like the crap color scheme from the Montecristo Open series.
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I can taste some earthy flavors and lots of leather, classic Cuban flavors in my book. The flavors are medium full of strength. The leather is the dominant flavor but it’s all well balanced. After almost 2 inch I get a little bit of chocolate on the background.
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Halfway I also taste wood, the leather becomes the aftertaste and the flavors are held together by the earth flavors that create a nice base for the wood and leather. The chocolate is gone. Right at the end I van taste some walnut on the background. The feeling in my mouth is quite dry.
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This cigar only lasted me 80 minutes, which isn’t that long considering the size. The draw is good and so is the burn, although that was crooked in the beginning, but it corrected itself. The ash is quite firm and has a pepper and salt color. I would rate this cigar medium to full in both body and flavor. The smoke is quite thick and there is plenty of it.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, as I said at the start of the review, this is my go to stick at the local B&M.

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

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H. Upmann Corona Major

This particular cigar was one of my first loves and actually my first box I bought when I knew what I was doing. I started to smoke on a vacation in Indonesia late 2005, and on the way back at Singapore airport I bought a box of Montecristo #4 and some singles including a H. Upmann Corona Major. I don’t count the Montecristo as a box purchase, because I didn’t knew what I was buying, I just wanted cigars. Once I smoked this H.Upmann Corona Major I knew I wanted a box of those, so I got me a box online with a boxdate of november 2006. I reviewed one before, but 3 years later I decided to revisit the cigar, my last from the box, to see if my tastes have changed.
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Once I open the tubo, an old one, soon after I bought the box Habanos restyled the tubos, I see a nice 5¼ x 42 corona with a chocolate brown silky wrapper with just one vein. The construction feels good and the cigar has a nice mild barnyard aroma. After punching I get a good predraw that tastes dry and has a raisin flavor with a peppery aftertaste.
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I can taste leather with just a hint of chocolate, full flavored. The chocolate soon turns into a sugar like sweetness and that sweetness becomes the main flavor. The leather is just a support flavor and after one and a half inch some earth joins the leather to support the sweetness.
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The sweetness becomes less strong and the leather is a bit stronger than the earth flavor. After ⅔ I also taste a herbal flavor, mild spicy. At the end the herbal flavors are mild fresh too.
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This cigar lasted me almost 90 minutes and in those 90 minutes I enjoyed a good amount of reasonable thick smoke. The draw is fine and I can’t complain about the burn either. The as has a pepper and salt color scheme and is quite firm. I would say that this cigar is full flavored but yet medium bodied. If the sweetness was a little less overpowering, I would have rated this cigar a bit higher.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, they are very nice priced and it is a good quality stick.

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

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H. Upmann vintage cameroon petit corona

I got this good looking cigar in a bomb from the same guy that bombed me all those flavored cigars, the packing is flawless, double banded and wrapped in cedar. Underneath the cedar is a bumpy oily wrapper. The aroma is light, a bit sweet and reminds me of milk chocolate. The predraw is just fine. The size is 5 x 42.
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I could taste some tobacco and wood, and after an inch it became a bit creamy. Halfway it’s still the same except that the creamy texture leaves a bit of a chocolate aftertaste in my mouth, and just for a short time I could taste some pepper.
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The smoke started poor but got better during the smoking. The burn is great & straight and the ash is quite dark. A medium smoke, both in flavor and in body.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I would smoke it though if someone offers me one, but it won’t be my first choice
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Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6.5 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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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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