Brand: H. Upmann Country: Cuba
Size: Magnum 48 4 1/3 x 48 Wrapper: Cuban
Price: ~$13 No. Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
The Edición Limitada 2009 has a classic Cuban design that is simple, clean, and gorgeous. The label wasn’t the only thing that grabbed my attention, as the wrapper is covered in little spots that look like plume in the making. And before anybody says it; No. It’s not mold. I believe the technical term for what you see here is “flavor crystals.”
What We Liked:
After a perfectly square cut, the pre-light draw drew me in with a light oak and a sweet, natural tobacco. The initial light isn’t far off, with a very mild initial profile consisting of sweet wood and tobacco. The first inch stays pretty consistent, offering a super smooth and mild start to the stick.
At the halfway point there isn’t a whole lot of change, but there is a slight pepper introduced. It’s still just as smooth, while the construction leaves absolutely nothing to be desired. By the time you reach the final third, a delicious nuttiness shows up to round out the profile.
It’s a short smoke with a wimpy four and a third inches of heft, so don’t go in expecting major changes throughout. However, I would make the argument that this is THE perfect vitola for a cigar. If you take your time, I could see it lasting a solid hour or hour and fifteen. At my pace, it took 50 minutes before my fingers started to burn.
This is the second stick I’ve reviewed that came to me by way of the Cigar Surgeon, who writes reviews over at Cigar Federation. You may recall that I reviewed his custom blend from the Drew Estate Cigar Safari, which was fantastic. He’s quickly become my favorite Canadian, excluding Justin Beiber. And who knows, if he keeps providing me with sticks this good, that top spot may just be up for grabs.
What We Didn’t Like:
Obviously, the problem lies with my home country being The US of A. Even with a price of around $13, I’d gladly grab a few more Edición Limitada 2009’s to let age in my humi for another couple years. Maybe by then they’d grow some legit plume.
Any time I smoke a Cuban, I feel obligated to stack it up against the others I’ve had to determine where it stands. While I wouldn’t put the H. Upmann ahead of the Cohiba Behike, which is more an experience than it is a cigar, it’s still high on my list. Even though it isn’t as complex as the Partagás Serie D, I think it edges that stick out in pure deliciousness.
Should You Try/Buy It:
If you have access to this cigar and have been on the fence about trying it, you may want to ask the person next to you to slap you hard and fast across the face. Wake up! With great flavors, construction and the perfect vitola, there’s no reason not to give the H. Upmann Edición Limitada 2009 a try. Unless, of course, you live in the United States.
Disclaimer: This cigar was provided to me by the Cigar Surgeon; a man with absolutely zero medical training.