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09
Feb

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 50 ring gauge
Hand-Made
Strength : Light to Medium
Price : ~ € 13 / $ 15 each
More info about purchasing H. Upmann cigars…

H. Upmann cigars are classified by Habanos S.A. as light to medium strength and as a global brand in their portfolio.
The brand was first introduced in 1844.
The Anejados concept was introduced first in 2015 with the Romeo Y Julieta Piramides Anejados. Since then Cuba has released few cigar with a double band mentioning the concept name: Anejados. All these cigars have been aged in Cuba for 5 years or more, allowing the blend to be rounded and mellower when released.
Se far I haven’t had a very impressive cigar coming out of this new range from Habanos S.A.
Let’s see what the H Upmann Robusto tells us…

Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The cigar starts quite strong for an H Upmann. The brand characteristic develops creamy texture and light to medium strength. The beginning brings some spiciness in the back f the tongue. The draw is perfect but the cigar sometimes shows signs of weak burn even though the ash quickly reveal a great construction by standing long.
The draw is sometimes too easy. I have always liked a bit of resistance to my cigars and do not enjoy a fast burning cigar so much.
The strength decreases on the second part of the cigar turning light to medium and a slight creaminess finally appears after the bitter and vegetal first part.
The vegetal part also linked to fresh cigars sometimes is present until half way but do not bother me much as the balance is very enjoyable. Not at all a typical H Upmann flavour profile.

Past half way the cigar really opens up and wonderful flavours come up. I can read on my tasting notes “SO GOOD”. Creaminess, sweetness, lots of nuts, and roasted almonds appears. Allowing a round feeling yet very complex. It is a nice journey as the cigar evolves a lot even though it isn’t one of these big format.

Until the end, the intensity is high, the strength balanced and the flavours very rich. It reminds me of the 2005 Magnum 46 in packs of 3 we could still find not long ago in some cigar shops.

The last third is quite impressive. No bitterness, high acidity allowing the flavours to linger for long on the palate. Very interesting intensity. Stronger than expected but great nutty flavours and creamy structure.

Conclusion

Probably the best anejados cigar from Habanos. Very promising cigar, great size and nice complexity. It should get rounder and rounder over the years.

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