H. Upmann Herman’s Batch
This is a cigar review of the H. Upmann Herman’s Batch by H. Upmann Cigars (sub brand of Altadis USA) This is an extension of “The Banker” line of products. The size chosen for this review is the Toro. This cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper followed by a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. This is a medium to full bodies smoke that retails around $8.66.
“Herman’s Batch focuses on the man behind one of the world’s oldest continuously made brands, Hermann Dietrich Upmann. The older of two brothers involved with the Upmann brand, Hermann is said to have arrived in Cuba in 1843, establishing a banking business that primarily catered to tobacco exporters and manufacturers. He then purchased a local cigar factory and began producing cigars in 1844—a date that remains on H. Upmann cigars to this day.”
This H. Upmann Herman’s Batch is a nice reddish-brown clay like in color that has hints of orange in the sunlight. Really a radiant looking smoke. There are some definite veins and seams visible here. This is finished with a pigtail cap. This cigar is double banded in a charcoal gray with burnt orange metallic fonts and décor.
Aromas of cedar, spice and chocolate all come through the nose on the pre-light. We cut this with a Xikar XO straight cut, which then produced notes of cedar, raisin and chocolate on the cold draw.
First third – Notes of cedar, nuts and light leather start this smoke off on a nice even medium bodied keel. Flavors gradually intensify as the stick progresses and warms up.The toasty nutty notes followed by a light pepper turn up as this experience develops. The burn is slightly wavy, ash falls at the end of the third.
Second Third – Toasted nuts, leather and pepper really become the stars of the show here. The body picks up to a solid medium plus. They burn remains wavy.
Final Third – The leather and spice notes become the primary notes in this third straight through to the finish. The burn
- Bourbon – Black Ridge Bourbon
- Scotch – Johnny Walker Double Black
- Japanese Whiskey – Suntory Whisky Toki
This H. Upmann Herman’s batch started off with a lot going on then settled into a simpler cigar as it went deeper into the smoke experience. After that first third I had really high expectations, but ended on a disappointing note even though the flavors were still good. This cigar is worth a try for the price, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it again.
Other H. Upmann Cigars
About H. Upmann
“In 1844, two brothers, August and Hermann Upmann started the H. Upmann cigar brand. The brothers are were pioneers in the cigar industry and are acknowledged as the inventors of the cedar box as a means to store cigars.
Today the H.Upmann brand is honored as being one the oldest and most highly trusted premium cigar brands still produced today. The brand’s longevity is a testimony to an ongoing commitment to excellence. H. Upmann cigars once known exclusively for their smooth, flavorful smokes have added many new brand extensions to their ever-growing portfolio offering the smoker many choices of flavor and strength while still maintaining the benchmark of quality that made it famous.”