Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm
Ring : 48
Weight : 10.86 g
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing in particular to say about the value, the price is just about right and perfectly normal for a high quality Cuban robusto.
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.