Cigar Review – H. Upmann Half Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Half Corona
Size : 3 1/2″ (90 mm) X 44
Hand-Made : Light to Medium
Price : ~$6 each

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.

Draw : Rating: ★★★★½☆
Burn : Rating: ★★★½☆☆
Flavour : Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
Aroma : Rating: ★★★½☆☆
Strength : Rating: ★★★☆☆☆

Overall : Rating: ★★★½☆☆

As you may have seen on our Instagram account, we have bought a lovely box of H Upmann Half Corona. The Box is from 2016 and since we are all running around with very little time, the half Corona was chosen for our 20minutes break.


1st Part
The H. Upmann half corona develops from the very beginning a soft blend. The strength is light at this stage. A slight bitterness stays on the palate. What really surprised me was this very fresh and cool smoke for such a short cigar. I was expecting more heat from that format.
Not too long to wait until the blend develops its typical sweetness and creaminess. The acidity is very low, therefore it is has short lasting flavour profile.

2nd Part
I am not so sure if such a short cigar can really be divided in 3 parts. the flavours remain easy. The draw and construction are good, developing a nice solid ash.
I enjoy more the aroma than the flavours sometimes and the H Upmann half corona is one of these cigars. The aroma is incredibly sweet and smooth.
There is not much development, only the bitterness level going down and hints of roasted coffee beans take slowly over the creaminess.

3rd Part
The intensity gets higher and the smoke richer. A lovely touch of cashew is taking the main flavour element. Still a short finish but no more bitterness at all.
The burn is impeccable and the aroma remains very sweet and gentle.

Overall Rating
If you are looking for a first full filler account or a 20minute morning smoke to go with your coffee the H Upmann Half corona is always a safe choice.
I also took a box with me a year ago to a wedding as it allows people to celebrate without feeling unwell and be unsociable by being outside in the smoking area for 1h30. It was a great wedding cigar knowing very few people were aficionados.