H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm (5 x 48)
Weight : 10.86 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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I am generally a fan of H. Upmann cigars, but it took me a little while to get around to trying this one. This sample is from recent production.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This was an attractive cigar that had a nice medium Colorado shade wrapper that was very veiny and had a good triple cap. Also, this stick was firm to the touch and had a woodsy/toasty smell at cold.

Construction : ★★★½☆
The draw was fine perfect on this cigar and it stayed lit well. However, it was plagued with a crooked burn. It needed to be touched up many times, which was irritating.

Flavor : ★★★½☆
The smoke from this cigar had a very smooth mouthfeel, and started with cedar and nutty flavors. However, the smoke was harsh when retrohaling, which is not what I expected given its silky texture. The 2nd half is when this cigar started to shine, developing a pleasant slight sweetness and some black pepper flavors toward the end. This Upmann became more balanced and complex in the 2nd half with the flavors being more harmonious and it losing some of the harshness it had at the beginning.

Value : ★★★★½
These cigars are priced right in line with most of their robusto counterparts, which is right where they should be. Depending on where you live these are a great value.

Overall Rating : ★★★★☆
Overall I really enjoyed this cigar, though it is currently a little too rough around the edges due to its youth. I think with a couple years humidor time these should balance out nicely and become a 4.5. If you like the H. Upmann marca I would say these are easily box worthy and I think they are a little better value than the Magnum 46.

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

  1. Nice review! I have yet to try the Connie #1. I have one in the humi that was gifted to me. I will have to spark it up soon.

  2. I would just like to mention…unless I missed the info somewhere, it would be extremely helpful in knowing the box codes from your reviews. especially w/this Connie #1, since even in your review you speak of it being a little young. Thx for all that you do w/your site reviews, as they are very insightful & helpful.

  3. jwm thanks for your comment. I purchased a few of those Connie #1’s as singles, so I don’t know the box code. I would estimate they are from late 2008 – early 2010

  4. Jason @ HKG says:

    This is a very easy going one. Very easy to light, good burn easy draw. Relatively milder with little spicy at the 3rd. Overall a very comfortable smoke in the Spring, a 30-40 minutes draw; with nice thick smoke, taste good sweet and woody.

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