Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto) Wrapper: Cameroon Binder and Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian Strength: Medium
Behind The Stick:
While the Cuban version of H. Upmann has a very extensive and rich history, the Dominican counterparts ( produced by Altadis U.S.A. who also produces the Dominican versions of Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo ) have much less documentation to them.They report this cigar is a medium body due to the Piloto Cubano, the Cuban-seed Dominican filler that these cigars are formed around. I wish there was more of a background I could produce, but this just means directly to the review!
I think one of the reasons they put the large cedar sleeve over this cigar is to hide how ugly they are - haha! Joking aside, if your looking for a smooth, uniform looking cigar then please lower your expectations for appearance. Evenly packed from head to foot and doused with minimal (but numerous) small veins, the cigar seems to carry a certain level of 'character' and originality that I don't often see but prefer. One thing I really have to praise them on, the band and sleeve are almost always applied perfectly and required the smallest of effort to remove them both without any issues to the wrapper. Just another reason they are one of my favorites.
From the time I put flame to this stick, an overwhelmingly smooth smoke just poured from within carrying with it very mild wood and tobacco flavor. Don't expect a whole lot of flavor the first half inch or so but once the cigar has a chance to warm up a pleasant spice starts to push forward. This wood flavor, balanced out by the spice, started to get additions as the cigar progressed - nice sweet undertones and a bitter leather overtone blends amazingly well with the mild wood and tobacco flavors already firmly on your taste buds. Towards the end of the cigar, the leather and wood (almost cedar by this time) seem to fade out and give way letting you know to put them down.
Go out and buy these cigars. As I said, I am a little bias but I've also been sure to point out what I think the downfalls are. I feel this is the type of cigar that nearly everyone can enjoy - On more than one occasion I have had someone come up to me and say 'what cigar do you recommend?' instinctively I go to this cigar as a base line. Medium in body, flavorful (although somewhat linear) with well balanced flavors and medium on the nicotine - I feel that any new or seasoned smoker would find these enjoyable. The price point, right around $5.00 USD per smoke, makes this cigar that much more attractive - so, as I've said before, if you have never tried one I highly highly recommend you give these a shot, if you have smoked them before then you already know what I'm talking about and hopefully this will spark you to go get a few more!