Cigar review: Big cigar, big taste? Happy Fourth/ H. Upmann, Habano


Cigar review:









A big cigar for a big day in our country. Happy July 4 to all.

Cuban cigars have such an allure that many think there is no such thing as a bad cigar manufactured in Cuba. While I have a humidor of about 30 or so Habanos, most of the time they are hoarded and safeguarded.  The Connoisseur A was part of a sampler I bought from a company that has been the main source of my Cuban collection. As always how and where I receive the product does not impact my subjective opinion of the smoke. Please make your own judgment.

Brand/Name of Cigar: H Upmann/ Connoisseur A

Country of Origin: Cuba

Size: 5x5x52

Wrapper: Habano

Filler: Habano

Binder: Habano

Shape: Robusto Extra

Price: Purchased from, sampler

Date Purchased: 6/15/2020

Where and when smoked: Los Angeles, July 4, 2020

Appearance/Construction:  A thick body with a large presence. The cigar band is impressive and adds to the overall image of the smoke. Medium brown  wrapper, firm to the touch , slightly oily. No obvious faults in the construction.

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: First Third: A full blast of black pepper creating an almost overpowering presence. Adding to the flavor is a combination of coffee, molasses and cinnamon. The flavor has a no holds barred taste of power and strength.

Second Third: The cigar is very earthy with a barnyard, primitive taste. The cigar conjures up the vision of sitting around with a group of Cuban farmhands , just smoking away with no conversation between anyone.

Final Third: More black pepper makes this a very potent blend, creating a very powerful full bodied smoke.

Smoking Characteristics: There were major problems with the construction with an uneven burn, relights and a battle to keep the cigar in proper shape.  This glitch made the cigar tough to truly enjoy.

Conclusion/Overall Impression/Final Thoughts: The cigar have distinct pieces with the flavor and taste a positive experience. The poor construction knocked the cigar down several pegs.

It certainly is worth another attempt as the flavor was  a winning combination of complexity and nuisance. The poor construction was bad news. However, I would indulge again to see if it improves overall.

The Final numbers : Appearance/Construction: 3. 5 out of 5

Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.0 out of 5

Smoking Characteristics: 2.8 out of 5

Final  Total: 3.4 out of 5.  Willing to try another but with caution.

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