H. Upmann Half Corona

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1 review for H. Upmann Half Corona

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    Cigar Inspector

    Origin : CubaH. Upmann
    Format : Half Corona
    Size : 3 1/2″ (90 mm) X 44
    Hand-Made : Light to Medium
    Price : ~$6 each

    H. Upmann cigars are classified by Habanos S.A. as light to medium strength and as a global brand in their portfolio.
    The brand was first introduced in 1844.

    Draw : [rating:4.5/6]
    Burn : [rating:3.5/6]
    Flavour : [rating:3/6]
    Aroma : [rating:3.5/6]
    Strength : [rating:3/6]

    Overall : [rating:3.5/6]

    As you may have seen on our Instagram account, we have bought a lovely box of H Upmann Half Corona. The Box is from 2016 and since we are all running around with very little time, the half Corona was chosen for our 20minutes break.


    1st Part
    The H. Upmann half corona develops from the very beginning a soft blend. The strength is light at this stage. A slight bitterness stays on the palate. What really surprised me was this very fresh and cool smoke for such a short cigar. I was expecting more heat from that format.
    Not too long to wait until the blend develops its typical sweetness and creaminess. The acidity is very low, therefore it is has short lasting flavour profile.

    2nd Part
    I am not so sure if such a short cigar can really be divided in 3 parts. the flavours remain easy. The draw and construction are good, developing a nice solid ash.
    I enjoy more the aroma than the flavours sometimes and the H Upmann half corona is one of these cigars. The aroma is incredibly sweet and smooth.
    There is not much development, only the bitterness level going down and hints of roasted coffee beans take slowly over the creaminess.

    3rd Part
    The intensity gets higher and the smoke richer. A lovely touch of cashew is taking the main flavour element. Still a short finish but no more bitterness at all.
    The burn is impeccable and the aroma remains very sweet and gentle.

    Overall Rating
    If you are looking for a first full filler account or a 20minute morning smoke to go with your coffee the H Upmann Half corona is always a safe choice.
    I also took a box with me a year ago to a wedding as it allows people to celebrate without feeling unwell and be unsociable by being outside in the smoking area for 1h30. It was a great wedding cigar knowing very few people were aficionados.

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    • Aaron

      Loved this when I smoked in Geneva, the burn wasn’t that great but the draws was perfect. However, recently I was at another cigar lounge in The Hague and the humidity seems too high for my liking(75%). The half corona becomes difficult to draw. I am curious why does cigar lounge keep their cigars at 75%, as it seems that the high humidity will just exacerbate the draw issues for thin cigars such as the Cohiba Exquisitos.

    • Rob P

      These are a very good compromise cigar when, as in UK, you can be time challenged. I have also found the half coronas very consistent.

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 3 1/2
Ring Gauge 44
Vitola Half Corona
Construction Hand Made