Cigar Review: Enjoying a Vintage Upmann

Cigar Name: H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Robusto (5 x 52)

Cigar Description: Cameroon wrapper around Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler

Cigar Strength: Medium

Review of the Cigar itself: I got with an annoying flu bug this week and only just recovered yesterday. So I’d thought I’d start the day with a nice medium cameroon. I had purchased this one while in Charleston, SC at Tinderbox. It’s a well constructed cigar with a nice cedar sleeve. The sleeve came off with ease and without tearing at the wrapper. Although the wrapper, a nice oily chocolate color, had more visible veins than I’ve seen on others, it was still a well, constructed cigar. It lit with ease and the aroma that came out of it was very nice to the nose.

The cigar nearly burned perfectly with only one touch-up required at one point. The tastes were a mixture of flavours but the one flavour that did come out regularly was a fennel-licorice taste. The first few draws were a little difficult at first but eventually, it opened up a bit and it became easier.  There were hints of leather and a little cedar (likely from the sleeve) that poked through as I neared the end. The problem I had is that I enjoyed the cigar so much I didn’t really think about what flavours I was enjoying. And in reality, that is a sign of a decent cigar.

At times the cigar was a bit too smokey but not overwhelmingly so. This is the kind of cigar one can enjoy after a full meal, particularly grilled one. For whatever reason, I had this taste bud sensation or taste of grilled/roasted herb-like food (think oven cooked). It made me want to make Thanksgiving dinner earlier, particularly the mashed sweet potatos with grilled shitake mushrooms and onions.

Enjoyed with: Water and coffee with vanilla flavoured soy milk

Smoke time: approximately an hour and a bit (less distractions today)

Final Review Rating: 8.3/10

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