Cigar Review: H. Upmann Reserve Maduro

Basic Information:

Name – H. Upmann Reserve Maduro

Size – Toro

Wrapper – ​Mexican San Andreas

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan and Honduran

Pricing – $4.44 – $5.90

Body – Mild to Medium 

Construction/Appearance:

This cigar has one band that is gold with black and white.

Cigar has a real rough toothy texture. It is marbleized brown with dark and light spots. It has a few big veins. Seams are visible and slightly raised.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Barnyard

Type of Cut – V-Cut

Cold Draw – Light sweet raisin

After Toast:

First third –  ​​Right out of the gate a light nutty note hits the palate.  After a few minutes, a taste of cedar is present. About 20 minutes later a light chocolate note reveals itself. Really light cigar so far. At the end of the third a black pepper kicks up and the cigar has transitioned from mild to medium. Burn is slightly wavy. Ash is light gray.

Second Third – ​ The cigar gets creamy at this point with the chocolate and nutty notes becoming the dominant flavor profile. Mid-way the cedar comes back into the mix. Real gentle flavors back to mild. Burn Remained wavy. Ash fell at 2.25-inch mark.

Final Third – ​ ​Back to the chocolate nutty flavors to begin this third. Few minutes into the final portion the slight pepper flavor comes back. Body really picked up to back to medium to finish this cigar. Burn remained wavy through the end.

Suggested Pairing:

Scotch – Aberfeldy 12

Wine – Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse or Gazela Vinho Verde

Overall Experience:

This cigar reminded me of when I was younger and my younger siblings would watch the same movie over and over again. The cigar just keeps cycling through the same flavor profile over and over from mild to medium to mild again and so on. The flavors were great in the cigar and the experience as a whole pleasant. This would be a great cigar for a beginner to begin to understand the transition of strength in a cigar since it happens a few times. 

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 84pts.

About H. Upmann – http://altadisusa.com/cigars/h-upmann