H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm
Ring : 48
Weight : 10.86 g
Hand-Made
Price : 9€ each
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I recently realized that H. Upmann is definitely one of my favorite cigar brands. The Magnum 46 is, from my point of view, the best Cuban corona gorda. Although I cannot say that H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 is the best Cuban robusto, it sure comes close.

Appearance : ★★★★½
This slightly dark wrapper is really pleasant to the touch. I found it a little veiny though. What's interesting is that the band is completely different from older sticks (check out the Sir Winston for an example). Not sure which one I prefer, since the old one looked almost like a Montecristo band and the new one is [IMHO] less elegant.

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Construction : ★★★★★
Very, very nice. That's what I was expecting - a top notch construction. Easiest lighting with my brand new Dunhill and a perfect burn. The draw was tighter than on Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 and just like it should be, producing respectful amounts of delicious smoke.

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1
 
Flavor : ★★★★★
Nice effort in the flavor department. The beginning is mostly woody, deep and intense. In the second third, peppery notes make their way in, pleasantly diversifying the bouquet. Finally, in the last third, even more new flavors appear, including roasted coffee and cocoa. At the same time, spicy notes become slightly less evident which makes the last third extremely balanced.

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Value : ★★★★½
Nothing in particular to say about the value, the price is just about right and perfectly normal for a high quality Cuban robusto.

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Overall Rating : ★★★★★
I highly recommend the H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 to all smokers, be it beginners or confirmed aficionados. It definitely has all qualities that a Cuban cigar should have.

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6 Comments on “H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1”

  1. I am curious to know which Cuban robusto would be your favorite? Right now I am attempting to make a decision in that regard and would much appreciate your thoughts.

  2. I guess it would be Ramon Allones Specially Selected. It has everything, in good proportions (less powerful than Partagas D4, more elegant than the Epicure N2…) and for a fair price (comparing to Cohiba Magicos which is another outstanding Robusto).

  3. Strangely enough, I just had a RASS last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The only thing I’ve found troubling with these sticks is a rather cloying aspect to the smoke itself. Perhaps the RASS is a wee bit heavy in body for my taste. My goal has been to find a medium bodied Cuban robusto without the heaviness that has good Cuban twang in the finish. Seems to be more daunting a task that I had originally imagined.

    Thanks for your 2 cents.

  4. Swing towards the Magnum range. Similar, and much more impressive!

  5. Dear All,

    I have recently bought a cabinet of 25 H UPMANN CONNOISSUER 1. There is a the follwoing spelling mistake on the cover of the cabinet “connossieur”
    everywhere else it is the right spelling and the cigars seems perfectly made.
    can anyone tell me if it s a fraud or just a mistake?
    Also, on some pictures on teh net, this cigar comes with no ring at all whereas mine have the new red and gold upmann one?
    Do I have to worry or no?
    Thank you for your feedback.

  6. Tell me where you purchased it and i will tell you if it is fake.

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