Origin : Cuba
Format : Churchill/Julieta
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Price : ~$344 for a box of 25
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This cigar had the best, clean Cuban tobacco taste I ever experienced in a cigar. Extremely beautiful and perfect Julieta with a literally unlimited ageing potential, this cigar deserves to rest for at least 8-10 years in a humidor or even longer because really old H. Upmann cigars like Monarcas, Sir Winston and Magnum 46 are definitely among the best cigars in the world.
Monarcas is a nicely box-pressed, deep leather-colored, cigar. I enjoyed the ever present Cuban aroma emanating from the box.
The Monarcas is really well-filled. There were no soft spots at all. Perfect roll, beautiful unlit smell, fantastic burn qualities and cool, mellow, delicious smoke, smooth at cream to the nub. You have to be patient with these because if you smoke them right out of the box or even after a month in your humidor, the draw will probably be tight.
A mix of creamy cocoa, coffee and dark woody flavours going from the lighter side of medium to touching on full in the last third. The subtle dusty, musty aroma and a building tangyness with more robust spice only appearing in the last quarter.
You can compare H. Upmann Monarcas with great old Bordeaux wines, reasonably good when young, heaven on earth when the mighty potential comes to life after a few decades.
Overall Rating :
What can I say, this is a classic by any standard. H. Upmann Monarcas really fulfills.