H. Upmann Edición Limitada 2009 Review

Brand: H. Upmann                            Country: Cuba
Size: Magnum 48  4 1/3 x 48           Wrapper: Cuban
Price: ~$13                                 No. Smoked: 1

H Upmann Edicion Limitada 2009 Review

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.”

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Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Review

Brand: Rocky Patel                                   Country:  Honduras
   Size: 7 x 48                                            Wrapper:  Maduro
 Price: $8.90 (Buy)

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Review

The Label Factor:

Despite being rather plain, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 has an attractive label. The deep red and gold of the label really stands out against the dark brown maduro wrapper, giving a very classy appearance to an already distinguished looking stick. If this guy smoked cigars, it was probably the RP Vintage 1990. And for the record, I have no idea who that is, I just googled “distinguished” and he popped up. I doubt he was smoking cigars post 1990 though… or living.

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Carlos Torano Tribute 2008 Review

Brand: Carlos Torano              Country: Nicaragua
   Size: 5 x 48                          Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
 Price: $8.50

Carlos Torano Tribute 2008 Full

The Label Factor:

Go ahead and judge me but I like a double banded cigar.  I think, when done correctly, it can really make a cigar look classy.  This is the case with the Carlos Torano Tribute.  I am going to let you judge me even further: I bought this cigar without knowing anything about it.  IT JUST LOOKS COOL.  The dark brown Brazilian mata fina wrapper looks perfect with the black and gold label.  My mom always said not to wear a black belt with brown pants.  I guess those rules don’t apply to cigars.

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro Review

Brand: Arturo Fuente                Country: Dominican Republic
   Size: 4 x 48                            Wrapper: Maduro
 Price: $6.99

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro Review

The Label Factor:

I have a bone to pick with Arturo Fuente labels and it’s a pretty serious bone in my book.  The labels on just about all of these cigars are very uninformative. What cigar am I smoking? I have no idea! Well, in this case, I do have an idea, because I bought it. But, do you understand my consternation? Aside from the lack of description, the label also fails in the “looking cool” category. This is just my opinion and may not be universally shared, but the label is ugly. I will say, however, that the Hemingway Short Story Maduro was a good lesson for me in not judging cigars by their labels, because daaayyum, this was a good smoke.

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