H. Upmann No. 2

H. Upmann No. 2

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Price : ~$13 each

H. Upmann No. 2 is a Cuban torpedo that I somehow missed at the time when I was purchasing boxes of various piramides such as Montecristo No. 2 or Partagas Serie P No. 2. Today we will see how it performs against those.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★½☆
The wrapper is sure oily but at the same time it’s quite rough and each cigar I smoked had at least a couple of white spots and other imperfections.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
Construction-wise, I can also say that I’m not totally satisfied with Upmann No. 2. Even though the draw was flawless, I had frequent tunneling. The smoke was a bit rare.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
As a good habano, it starts out with a slightly sweet woody flavor, diluted with a light spicy taste. The first third is medium-bodied, however the power significantly increases as soon as I reach the second third. Perceptible leather notes and dark, concentrated coffee are the main flavors at this moment. At the end of the second third, the cigar is overwhelmingly powerful. The finish is somewhat heavy but still enjoyable.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
I think those are a bit cheaper than other Cuban torpedos. If you get a box with decent construction and you’re a seasoned smoker, H. Upmann No. 2 might be a good deal.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I wouldn’t recommend this smoke to beginners for its obvious strength. Although a fair number of reviews places it above Monte #2, I am not convinced yet. They will probably become more round and tolerant if aged 2-3 years.
What is your favorite Cuban torpedo?

5 Comments on “H. Upmann No. 2”

  1. Doesn’t sound like this cigar should move up on my ‘to-smoke’ list. I appreciate the honest review. I’ll find out more before I give this one a try.

  2. I would love to try but the cuban origin stops me. I am hoping the embargo will lift and in the early days I can grab some good brands. The demand might end up hurting the quality eventually.

  3. kgoings says:

    This is one of my favorite cigars. The Monte #2 seems to be so inconsistant for me. I have not had the PSP2 but I will soon. In my experience these age wonderfully! The 01’s are dynamite! I do agree with the lackluster construction.

  4. leanderdsilva says:

    Seems like this cigar would be excellent with 5-7 years of age one it.

  5. Age, Age, Age. ;-) I had one last night from 2006. Thr wrapper was a beautiful chocolate colour, almost reddish at spots and was nice an oily. Not firm to the touch but had nice “give”. The burn was impeccable as was the draw. Smoke time was just about an hour to under the band. But the most important thing was flavour and man did this enjoyable stick pack it.

    Chocolaty/coffee goodness at lighting with a blast of pepper. The pepper remained until about halfway at which time a very pleasant Cuban salty twang hit my lips which went perfectly with the cedary, caramel and coffee flavours that permeated my mouth. Hints of milk chocolate, sweet fruit and cocoa came and went and the smoke was thick and extremely velvety. It started to get bitter after I removed the band at which time I figured I had enough and didn’t want to ruin the experience.

    Age did this smoke wonders for me. I hadn’t had one since ‘o6 as I have become a fan of Robusto sizes but thank goodness I still have 9 left. Not overwhelming in strength (medium) but very full bodied and complex. (Can you tell I enjoyed it?)

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