Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

H. Upmann cigars date back to 1844 as a banker moved from Germany to Havana to set up a bank and cigar company.  We are glad he did as we have many examples of great cigars from this manufacturer.  H. Upmann provides the lighter side of Cuba while still providing a rewarding experience.

Review By: Matt

H. Upmann Connoisseur No 1 - Hemosos No 4  5.0 X 48




A mainstay to the Upmann line, the Connoisseur No 1 is known to be smooth and medium body throughout.  These are fairly inexpensive Cuban cigars but are known as good everyday Cuban smokes.  These came from a box with the code LUB July 2015 so these are fairly young.


Look and Feel: 

Seems are nearly invisible and the veins are moderate in size and location.  The wrapper is a nice medium darkness with a little toothy feel to it.  The cigars gives you a slight barnyard aroma to it but the pre-lit draw is mainly tobacco and cedar.  The draw seems to be just right...maybe a little open.  Time to light the fires and kick the tires!


Foot Third:

To start you get a slightly burnt toast note that quickly changes to a grassy earth.  The finish has a little sweet spice to it, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Tons of smoke!!!  Soon the creamy flavors come in with a sweet cream and earthy Cuban tobacco taste.  A slight white pepper shows on the retrohale and the finish at times.


Body Third:

This third is more like the end of the first third.  Earth, sweet cream, and some sweet spices are the notable flavors.  The finish is short and is pretty mild.  The Cuban tobacco flavors remain as the binding flavors to keep this a well balanced cigar.  I would not say this is a complex cigar but does have minor transitions.  The body is medium at most but produces just enough to keep you relaxed and enjoying the cigar.

 

Head Third:
The last third moved into more spice, white pepper showed on the draw and finish with the earth and sweet spices.  The cream is there but not as pronounced.  Earth and Cuban tobacco with a slight charcoal note balances the cigar to keep it well blended.  The draw did get a little hot towards the end but the flavors remained strong to the very finger burning end.  The body moved up a bit to medium full during the last third. 


Summary:

This cigar performed like I thought it would providing a good to excellent Cuban smoke.  This would be the more of a budget Cuban cigar but performed very well.  This cigar is also very young, less than a year old, and should get a little better with time.  Flavors of cream, Cuban tobacco, earth, and sweet spices are throughout and leave you wanting another one!  Great Upmann and I'm looking forward to my next one.


Look & Feel:
90


Construction:
92

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
94

Overall Rating:

92


 

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H. Upmann Magnum 50 - 6.2 X 50




Coming onto the market about 10 years ago, the Magnum line for H. Upmann has mixed reviews.  Many prefer the Magnum 46 while the Magnum 48 & 50 tend to be less of a sure thing.  These are not known to be more than a medium bodied smoke but do tend to evolve over 3-5 years.  These look good so I can’t wait to enjoy them.  (Box code MUL Nov 2014)


Look and Feel: 

The wrapper is a slightly oily medium brown with standard veins and tight seams.  The triple cap looks good and the aroma provides muted leather.  The wrapper looks to be a high quality leaf and it is packed pretty tight except at the tip of the foot.  Pre-lit draw provides a mild earth and cedar with a slightly open draw.  (more open than standard) 


Foot Third:

The Magnum 50 brings peanuts and hazelnuts to the palate with an earth and tobacco core flavor.  The smoke is heavy and there is a ton of it.  Soon into this third you get more vegetal notes bringing bell peppers and white pepper to the draw.  The finish is black and white pepper but is not long lasting.  The body is medium (Although medium full at the very start) and moves to a slightly tangy earth note towards the end of this third.  Retrohale is smooth white pepper and refreshing.  Very good start…


Body Third:

Similar to the first third in many ways…the notes of bell peppers, tangy earth, and black pepper are in the foreground.  The finish becomes longer and slightly stronger with earth notes.  The burn is good (although others had theirs go out three times!) and the smoke is still heavy and thick.  Very balanced so far but not very complex.  You still get that tangy Cuban tobacco flavor which is very enjoyable.

 

Head Third:
Well, the performance fell flat in this last third.  My cigar had to be relit twice in this third and the flavors have become very bland.  (Maybe due to youth…)  The earth has no tang, bell pepper notes are gone, and the finish is short and muted.  Not harsh in any way but very blah.  The transitions in this third are not good, the cigar become a lower quality stick at this point. 


Summary:

I expected more with this cigar and hoped it would provide good transitions and more complexity.  The first two thirds were very nice, not great.  The last third really left me wishing it never transitioned.  The burn was slightly faster than you would think for a larger cigar but it was pretty sharp for me.  (Ed had issues due to the band)  I expect that these will get better with another year on them and hopefully brings out a stronger nutty flavor in the first third, more tang and cream in the second third, and a more complex earth in the last third.  That would be ideal based on the root flavors I found during my experience.


Look & Feel:
95


Construction:
87

Flavor & Balance:

92

Value:
87

Overall Rating:

90


 

How we rate cigars?

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience.