Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"H.Upmann" Regalias (Cuban)
This reddish hued cuban cigar had an oily wrapper with small veins and no tooth, featuring a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and sweet aged tobacco. The draw was perfect, providing ample amounts of medium bodied smoke. The burn was razor sharp, producing a bright white and black ash. The first third was producing flavors of smooth creamy wood and leather with sweet tobacco notes on the draw and notes of earthy wood on the finish. Nearing the half way point, the draw was still providing a sweetness in the form of creamy coffee and wood notes with wood and leather notes on the finish, accompanied by a noticeable pepper zing lasting until the next draw. The final third showed the same flavors as the halfway point. However, the pepper heat died down leaving only the pepper flavor along with the previously mentioned flavors. I have to say that this cigar would be great with a cup of coffee in the morning or to have after a long day. Either way, this cigar is a keeper in my books. Stay Toasting!

"H.Upmann" Regalias (Cuban)

This reddish hued cuban cigar had an oily wrapper with small veins and no tooth, featuring a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and sweet aged tobacco. The draw was perfect, providing ample amounts of medium bodied smoke. The burn was razor sharp, producing a bright white and black ash. The first third was producing flavors of smooth creamy wood and leather with sweet tobacco notes on the draw and notes of earthy wood on the finish. Nearing the half way point, the draw was still providing a sweetness in the form of creamy coffee and wood notes with wood and leather notes on the finish, accompanied by a noticeable pepper zing lasting until the next draw. The final third showed the same flavors as the halfway point. However, the pepper heat died down leaving only the pepper flavor along with the previously mentioned flavors. I have to say that this cigar would be great with a cup of coffee in the morning or to have after a long day. Either way, this cigar is a keeper in my books. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, May 26, 2012
"H.Upmann Coronas Major" (Cuban)
This $12.00 chocolate brown cigar had visible tooth with medium sized veins. The pre lit cigar smell consisted of a faint cedar aroma. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was very uneven but never needed to be touched up. The draw was almost perfect, producing lots of mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of a chocolate sweetness and woody note on the draw, with a short finish showing leathery and wood notes. There was a peppery spice ramping up as I smoked the cigar. However at the half way point I ran into a tunneling issue which cut the review short. I’m guessing it was just a fluke cigar, so I’m planning on reviewing a couple more and will post the results. Up until the tunneling issue I was enjoying this cigar thoroughly, the flavors were blended nicely and the smoke very smooth. As always, Stay Toasting!

"H.Upmann Coronas Major" (Cuban)

This $12.00 chocolate brown cigar had visible tooth with medium sized veins. The pre lit cigar smell consisted of a faint cedar aroma. The ash was dark grey in color and the burn was very uneven but never needed to be touched up. The draw was almost perfect, producing lots of mild to medium bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of a chocolate sweetness and woody note on the draw, with a short finish showing leathery and wood notes. There was a peppery spice ramping up as I smoked the cigar. However at the half way point I ran into a tunneling issue which cut the review short. I’m guessing it was just a fluke cigar, so I’m planning on reviewing a couple more and will post the results. Up until the tunneling issue I was enjoying this cigar thoroughly, the flavors were blended nicely and the smoke very smooth. As always, Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"H.Upmann" in corona (Cuban)
This $10.00 cigar had a dark tan wrapper with a visible oil sheen to it, showing medium sized veins with no tooth and a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color which stacked wonderfully holding on an inch to an inch and a half at a time. The burn however was slightly wobbly. Upon lighting this cigar, I noticed flavors of wood and a milk coffee  sweetness on the draw with an earthy and peppery finish. The draw itself was on the firm side however it was providing a ton of rich medium bodied smoke. This cigar was very consistent, never changing its flavor profile until the last third where a nutty flavor note was starting to dominate the flavor profile. To me this cigar is the “typical” everyday cuban cigar with great cuban flavors as well as smoothness that can definitely be associated with a number of great brands from Cuba. A wonderful cuban cigar at a fair price! Stay Toasting!

"H.Upmann" in corona (Cuban)

This $10.00 cigar had a dark tan wrapper with a visible oil sheen to it, showing medium sized veins with no tooth and a slight box press. The pre lit aroma consisted of wood and pepper notes. The ash was a dark grey color which stacked wonderfully holding on an inch to an inch and a half at a time. The burn however was slightly wobbly. Upon lighting this cigar, I noticed flavors of wood and a milk coffee ¬†sweetness on the draw with an earthy and peppery finish. The draw itself was on the firm side however it was providing a ton of rich medium bodied smoke. This cigar was very consistent, never changing its flavor profile until the last third where a nutty flavor note was starting to dominate the flavor profile. To me this cigar is the “typical” everyday cuban cigar with great cuban flavors as well as smoothness that can definitely be associated with a number of great brands from Cuba. A wonderful cuban cigar at a fair price! Stay Toasting!