H. Upmann Monarcas

H. Upmann Monarcas

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Churchill/Julieta
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Price : ~$344 for a box of 25

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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
Monarcas is a nicely box-pressed, deep leather-colored, cigar. I enjoyed the ever present Cuban aroma emanating from the box.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
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.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
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.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
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 : Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
What can I say, this is a classic by any standard. H. Upmann Monarcas really fulfills.

5 Comments on “H. Upmann Monarcas”

  1. This is a message to all authors – thanks a lot for your reviews and keep them coming! :)

  2. I’m a real cigar noob, does the price always depend on the cigar size? I browsed through the reviews and it seems like the bigger cigar is, the more expensive.. which is strange.

  3. Sparky, the price mostly depends on the brand and the quality/age of tobacco. There are also limited editions which are more expensive. Of course, the size of the cigar is also taken into account.

  4. Whiteash says:

    If you have not had the chance to smoke this fantastic cigar you had better do so quickly because they are going to be discontinued in 2009.

  5. Pinstripes says:

    This is one truly great smoke. Right up there with Cohiba espledidos. Full flavor with rich coffe and earth innotations. Everything great you come to expect from a fine Cuban.

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