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
Hand-Made
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?