July 28, 2014

General Cigar introduces new cigars at IPCPR

Macanudo Estate Reserve

An exceptional cigar that features private reserve Jamaican tobacco cultivated and aged exclusively for this limited release.  Just 1,800 boxes per size have been made.
Debuts in September.

Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Jamaican

Macanudo Estate Reserve Robusto (5” x 50) is $16.00 per cigar or $160.00 for a 10-count box
Macanudo Estate Reserve Churchill (7” x 50) is $17.00 per cigar or $170.00 for a 10-count box
Macanudo Estate Reserve Belicoso (6” x 57) is $18.00 per cigar or $180.00 for a 10-count box

Dunhill Signed Range
Handmade in Nicaragua from the country’s most exemplary leaves, and blended with the best of premium tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Cameroon.
Now available in 10-count boxes, starting in September.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Dunhill Signed Range Corona (5.5” x 42) is $10.75 per cigar or $107.50 for a box of ten
Dunhill Signed Range Toro (6” x 50) is $13.25 per cigar or $132.50 for a box of ten
Dunhill Signed Range Double Robusto (5.5” x 52) is $13.75 per cigar or $137.50 for a box of ten
Dunhill Signed Range Gigante (6” x 60) is $14.50 per cigar or $145.00 for a box of ten
Dunhill Signed Range Churchill (7” x 50) is $15.25 per cigar or $152.50 for a box of ten

Dunhill Pipe Tobacco Tins

A trio of classic flavors made with hand-blended tobaccos packaged in their unique and distinguishable 50-gram tins.
Available in September.

Dunhill Aperitif is a rich, broad cut blend and retails for $12.59 for a 50-gram tin.
Dunhill Durbar is well-balanced and medium-bodied indulgence and retails for $12.59 for a 50-gram tin.

La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show
La Gloria’s innovators unveil their 2014 limited edition custom blends.  Only 500 boxes of each cigar will be released.
Liga YG-23 2014 and Liga MG-08 2014 are brick and mortar exclusives.
Liga JD-05 2014 is internet/catalog only.
Available in October.

Liga YG-23
Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Brazilian and Nicaraguan

Liga MG-08
Wrapper: Ecuadoran
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Honduran, Colombian, and Nicaraguan

Liga JD-05
Wrapper: Ecuadoran
Binder: Ecuadoran
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

Liga YG-23 2014 (7.25” x 54) is $9.95 or $258.70 for a box of 26.
Liga MG-08 2014 (7.25” x 54) is $9.95 or $258.70 for a box of 26.
Liga JD-05 2014 (7.25” x 54) is $9.95 or $258.70 for a box of 26.

La Gloria Cubana Rival Twin Finale

The conclusion to the blending rivalry between La Gloria Cubana’s Dominican and Honduran factories.
Created in limited quantity and exclusively for IPCPR 2014, this special edition features a hinged box that houses both blends.
Debuts in August.

Chapter 3: Dominican Blend
Wrapper: Ecuadoran
Binder: Ecuadoran
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran

Chapter 4: Honduran Blend
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: Honduran, Mexican, Colombian

LGC Rival Twin Finale (8” x 52) is $9.50 per cigar or $228.00 for a 24-count box.

Cohiba Nicaragua

Cohiba’s first cigar to be blended and handcrafted in Nicaragua. This new collection delivers the complexity and strength of Nicaragua, with a bold and balanced flavor not achieved by any Nicaraguan puro on the market.
Available in October.

Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Cohiba Nicaragua N45 (4” x 45) is $9.99 per cigar or $159.84 for a box of 16.
Cohiba Nicaragua N50 en Crystale (5” x 50) is $12.99 per cigar or $103.92 for a box of 8.
Cohiba Nicaragua N54 (5.5” x 54) is $13.99 per cigar or $223.84 for a box of 16.
Cohiba Nicaragua N60 (6” x 60) is $14.99 per cigar or $239.84 for a box of 16.

CAO Amazon Basin

A small batch, limited edition release made with rare Brazilian tobacco from a remote region in the Amazonian Rainforest.
Arriving at retail in August

Wrapper: Ecuadoran
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Bragança, Nicaraguan

CAO Amazon Basin (6” x 52) is $9.25 per cigar or $166.50 for an 18-count box.

CAO Colombia

The first cigar to prominently feature Ica Mazinga, Colombian tobacco from an isolated mountainous region called Montes de Maria.
Debuting in August.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Colombian, Brazilian

CAO Colombia Tinto (5” x 50) is $6.00 per cigar or $120.00 for a box containing 20 cigars.
CAO Colombia Vallenato (5” x 56) is $6.75 per cigar or $135.00 for a box containing 20 cigars.
CAO Colombia Magdalena (6.25” x 54 Torpedo) is $7.50 per cigar or $150.00 for a box containing 20 cigars.
CAO Colombia Bogota (6” x 60) is $7.75 per cigar or $155.00 for a box containing 20 cigars.

July 27, 2014

Quesada 40th Anniversary Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(from the Quesada website)
The Quesada 40th Anniversary is intended to capture the very essence of our company: the synthesis of tradition and innovation. Originality does not spring from thin air but rather is the result of reinterpreting and building upon what has been accomplished. Consequently, it is only by embracing the past and using our knowledge of tobacco that has been handed down through generations that we will be able to create innovative blends and sizes. The Quesada 40th is the best expression of this goal to date. Quesada 40th combines secos, visos and ligeros of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers with a Dominican binder. The beautiful, dark wrapper is cultivated in the San Andres Valley in Mexico. The cigar comes in 2 distinct lines; a core line with three popular vitolas and a limited line with a Toro Box Pressed and a revolutionary new size, the Salomon Press.

Made in: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Salomon Press (Limited) 6 3/4 x 50/33 Boxes of10
Toro Press (Limited) 6 x 49 Boxes of 10
Toro Real 6 x 65 Boxes of 20
Robusto 5 x 52 Boxes of 20 (reviewed today)
Toro 6 x 54 Boxes of 20

The cigar is extremely well made and had a light oily wrapper. Even though this cigar has a San Andreas wrapper it is not called "maduro". It may be a natural wrapper. The cigar is dense feeling in the hand. The foot has a partially closed end as you can see in this photo.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet cedar and cocoa with light cream, dry wood, and black pepper rated at a 7. The cigar comes across right away as medium bodied.

About 1/2 inch in the sweetness has picked up a little. There are signs of richness developing in the sweet cedar and cocoa. There are some light coffee notes at the base. The finish is a mixture of cocoa and light, sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. You really get a lot of black pepper if you retro hale.

At  1 3/4 inches in there is definitely some richness there in the cedar and cocoa. The other notes are unchanged. There is a dessert-like feeling to the cigar at this point. It is very good.

The cigar really didn't change to the end except it went from medium bodied to full bodied at the 2/3 point. You get a nice long smoke out of this robusto. Just a touch of the richness went away but not enough to hurt the cigar. The sweet cedar and cocoa, dry wood, and coffee are still in play. The black pepper remained very good. The finish was pretty much unchanged. This is a very good, tasty, dessert-like cigar for the Quesada 40th Anniversary cigar. This cigar is well worth anyone trying. Pricepoint: Around $9 each.

Score: 92

July 26, 2014

OSOK (One Shot One Kill) by Edgar Hoill - Cabron (6.5 x 60)

Video review HERE.

Edgar Hoill brought his famed cigar One Shot One Kill to Christian Eiora for his next blend. Christian made and all Nicaraguan cigar for the next edition of the OSOK. It is a Nicaraguan puro made in an undisclosed factory.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The cigar comes in four sizes. 3 are perfectos and 2 have a shaggy foot. They are available in boxes of 10.

4 1/2 x 38 x 53 (Perfecto)
6 1/2 x 38 x 54 (Perfecto)
5 x 22 x 38 x 53 (Perfecto, Shaggy Foot)
6 1/2 x 60 (Shaggy Foot) (reviewed today)

The cigar is well made and quite dense. It feels heavy in the hand. This size has the shaggy foot.

Here is a shot of the dense foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless; just about perfect! The initial flavors were sweet orange citrus combined with a large amount of nutmeg and leather. The black pepper was rated at an 8. The cigar is medium to full bodied right out of the gate. You notice the citrus and nutmeg first and the leather comes in right after those two. Nice start.

About 1/2 inch in I'm getting to the wrapper. I was anxious to see what the wrapper did to the flavors. I noticed notes of dry wood. Now the cigar has a lot of leather as your primary flavor along with the dry wood, but the citrus and nutmeg are secondary. It flipped from what it was initially. The cigar is full bodied now. 

A little more than an inch in there continues to be a heavy influence of leather, dry wood, and sweet nutmeg. The orange citrus has gone away entirely. The cigar is definitely full bodied.

This is a very slow burning cigar as you can see from the timer. The burn is a little off but it will self correct. There continues to be a heavy leather flavor with some sweet nutmeg and wood. The cigar continues to be very full bodied and the black pepper seems to have moved up a little. 

The cigar did not change to the end. This is the longest burning cigar I've reviewed this year. The flavor notes continued to be heavy leather, heavy nutmeg with some sweetness, dry wood, and lots of black pepper. This is a powerful but good cigar. Christian has done a good job with this cigar. You heavier cigar lovers out there will like this cigar. I am becoming a big fan of leathery Nicaraguan cigars with lots of nutmeg cigars with some citrus notes here and there. This should be on your "must try" list.

Score: 91

July 20, 2014

La Patrona Robusto (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

This is the brand new cigar from the wife of Jorge Leon, owner of Miura Cigars. Geidy Leon, owner of La Patrona Cigars, is currently debuting this cigar at this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. The cigar is so new I know very little about it but it is comprised of:

Wrapper - Sungrown Sumatra Ecuador
Binder - Brazil 
Filler - Brazil, DR, Peru and Nicaragua

The cigar is very well made and quite dense feeling in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was great. The initial flavors were sweet nutmeg, green tea, dry cedar, and leather. The black pepper is rated at a 7.5. The front end flavors are very interesting. 

At 3/4 inch the cigar has a very even burn. The flavors now are sweet nutmeg, green tea, and leather. The dry cedar is subtle. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish has influences of the leather along with a sweet cream. There is quite a bit of lingering black pepper on the finish also.

About 1 1/2 inch in the leather is the main flavor along with the nutmeg and tea. There are also some cream notes that tone down the leather. There is dry wood, not necessarily cedar, but dry wood notes. The cigar is still medium to full bodied but appears to be headed to full bodied. The cream notes are somewhat subtle but they really tone down the leather.

At the midpoint you have some sweet  cedar to go along with the nutmeg. The cream notes continue to tone down the leather. The tea notes are subtle. The dry wood is quite noticeable. This flavor combination is very good, in my opinion. The strength is medium to full bodied. The finish does not have the heavy influence of leather now, rather there are toasted notes on the cream.

With about 1 1/2 inch remaining the leather has toned down somewhat. The sweet cedar is your second main flavor. There are a lot of dry, charred wood notes. The nutmeg has also toned down. The tea notes have gone away. There are still some light cream notes. The cigar is very close to full bodied now. The finish is unchanged. 

This has been an excellent cigar. Geidy has blended a great cigar. At the end the flavors were light leather, sweet cedar, and dry, charred wood. The cream is subtle and acts as a mellowing agent for the other three. The finish is unchanged. The strength is full bodied. I am not sure where you can find these but I will be in contact with Jorge to find out where I can purchase them. I had the churchill and the 6x54 size previously. The 6x54 size was a fantastic cigar that might be a tick better than the robusto. This is a winner. When you see them in your shop be sure to try them. They are great!

Score: 94

July 19, 2014

Buena Vista Reserva Piramide (6.3 x 52)

Video review HERE.

In 2011 Buena Vista Cigars was released with a sizable amount of industry hype do superb cigar construction, one of kind luxury presentation and packaging, and most importantly, the quality of the cigar itself.

Circumstances beyond the manufacturer’s control hindered the project’s development and successful advancement. The entire production of 200,000 cigars was stored in temperature and humidity-controlled cedar conditioning rooms, until 2013. At that point, José E. Borges Batista, founding partner and current President of MGM Cigar, arrived to the United States (after a prolonged wait) bringing with him dreams of freedom, prosperity, and his irrevocable mission of pressing ahead with the MGM Cigar project.

José E. Borges said: “The M.GM. Cigar project and first brand Buena Vista cigar was nothing more than a dream in 2009. It quickly caught flight, only to be put to bed for a short while. I am thankful to have relocated to the United States where I am free to forge ahead with our project. We look forward to re-introducing the Buena Vista Cigar brand which pays homage to all who, through music and from one generation to another, have kept the Cuban traditions, values and joie de vivre alive.”

Buena Vista Reserva 2008 is crafted by Cuban master rollers, who expertly mix a filler of select tobacco harvested in the Dominican Republic, aged two years (2008-2010) and then dress it with an elegant Habano 98 wrapper from Ecuador.

The Buena Vista brand is presented in boxes of 10 units and comes in 9 vitolas:

 PROMINENTE                  7 x 49                         
 SUBLIME                          6.3 x 54                       
 PIRAMIDE                        6.3 x 52  (Reviewed today)                     
 DOBLE ROBUSTO           5.5 x 52                       
 ROBUSTO                         5.3 x 54                   
 CORONA LARGA            4.8 x 50                       
 CORONA                          5.1 x 46                       
 PETIT PYRAMID             4.9 x 52                         
 SHORT CHURCHILL       4.3 x 54

The cigar is very well made and has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot and it's density.

The test draw after cutting about 1/4 inch from the pointed piramide cap was very good with just a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were a very surprising sweet orange citrus with lots of roasted nut flavors. There were also light coffee notes and wood notes. The black pepper was rated at a 7. 

About one inch in the flavors have changed a bit. The orange citrus has changed to a sweet cedar and there are cherry notes mixed in. The roasted nuts are now roasted almonds. There are still light coffee notes at the base and there is quite a bit of earthiness. The cigar is medium bodied, at best. The finish is a sweet cream with almond tones and some lingering black pepper.

1 3/4 inch in the burn line is perfect and the ash is tight. There is a heavy influence of roasted almonds right after the sweet cedar and cherry notes. There is still a light coffee base. There are also some dry wood notes. The earth notes have toned down. The finish is unchanged.

At the band the burn line is evident. The cigar is very consistent at this point. Very little has changed, if anything, since the last segment.

The cigar ended with heavy coffee and dry wood notes. The roasted almonds are subtle, along with the sweet cedar. The cherry notes have disappeared. This big change happened in the final quarter so it will not affect the total score that much. The finish is unchanged and the cigar ended at medium to full bodied. This has been a very good cigar with some surprising notes. It started with surprising notes and continued very good through over 3/4 of the cigar. Look for these in shops shortly.

Score: 91

July 18, 2014

JR Cigar Black Abyss Press Release‏

Fans of premium-quality San Andrés wrapper leaf are gonna want to check out, Black Abyss, a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco, the guy who grows the leaf for a bunch of Boutique Blends cigar brands, including Aging Room and Swag, both of which have collected tons of high ratings in cigar magazines (the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto took second place in Cigar Aficionado's top 25 of 2013). Anyway…

Black Abyss is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and, while it is full bodied, it’s cleverly designed for not just smokers of super-strong cigars. It’s got that big, rich, bold flavor often associated with a San Andrés wrapper and it does contain some potent ligero leaf, but along with the blend’s hearty, zesty notes of dark coffee, this cigar begins and ends with a sweetness while a smooth creaminess remains throughout, making it a great choice for medium-bodied cigar fans who want to step it up in strength.

Black Abyss’s construction is top-notch, as evidenced by its extremely even burn and draw, which are made even better by an exceptionally appealing aroma.

Jochy Blanco’s Black Abyss is made in four sizes (each featuring a somewhat sinister name: Banshee, Cerberus, Hydra, and Wraith) packed in boxes of 20 cigars. If all that’s piqued your interest, you’ll be glad to know that Black Abyss cigars are also pretty reasonably priced. Starting in July, you’ll find them exclusively at JR Cigar.

July 17, 2014


(Miami, Florida) July 17, 2014— Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, after a successful 2013 launch with the Azan Line of cigars and the recent announcement of the Roberto Duran Premium Cigar Brand is ready to introduce two additional cigar brands: Neya and the Baracoa Line.

Roberto Pelayo Duran is fully committed to providing a full line at this year’s IPCPR. The Addition of the premium Neya and the value cigar Baracoa will fill in the gap in the Roberto P. Duran line as the announcement was made last week that he will introduce a super-premium brand, Roberto P. Duran Cigar.

The Neya Premium cigar brand is a premium brand which comes in a cedar 20 count cabinet.  The Filler and Binder is both Nicaraguan while the wrapper is a Habana Ecuador. The Neya line will be expressed through five sizes with the two largest sizes holding a description of F8 as they will be full bodied cigars even though all sizes carry the same blend. The Neya will retail between $4.00 and $7.00 per cigar. Neya Premium Cigar sizes: Petite Corona 5 1/8 X 42 CAB, Robusto 4 7/8 X CAB, Canonazo 6 X 52 CAB, Toro 6 X 56 CAB, and the Yanquee 6 X 60 CAB.

Roberto said:” Neya is a brand that took some time to develop as we used very well fermented leaves and well-aged Nicaraguan ligero. This is a full flavored cigar in the way that we understood the term in Cuba, which is to mean not spicy but a strongly flavored cigar which increases in strength when smoking the two larger sizes. As with all of our cigars they are rolled under strict supervision in our Nicatobacco Factory in Nicaragua.”

Baracoa, (full name Roberto Duran Baracoa) was created as a great everyday cigar. The RD Baracoa which represents the city of Roberto P. Duran family origin in Cuba (Baracoa) is made with the same quality and care of Roberto’s other cigar lines. The filler and binder is both Nicaraguan with the wrapper an Ecuador Habana Criollo. Baracoa comes in carton 20 box count and will be represented in 9 sizes with three of them in box press form. RD Baracoa sure to please a wide array of cigar palates. The Baracoa line of cigars will retail between $3.00 and $.4.50 a cigar. Baracoa Cigar sizes: Robusto 4 7/8 X 50, Torpedo 6 1/8 X 52, Toro 6 X 52, Churchill 7 X 47 Gordito 4 X 58, Gigantes 6 X 60, Robusto 5 X 50 Box Press, Toro 6 X 52 Box Press, and Torpedo 6 1/8 X 52 Box Press.

Roberto said:” Baracoa is a true power house value cigar gives boasts plenty of quality for the price”, Roberto continued,” I am very excited to introduce Neya, Baracoa and the previously announced Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand to the public. We are about producing top quality products and we invite everyone to our booth (3813) to experience the passion we put into all of our brands.”

Roberto Pelayo Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and manage distribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. Most recently, he contributed to the new global brand marketing strategy for British American Tobacco. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba.

For more information about Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, please visit www.Robertodurancigars.co.

Press Release D'Crossier L'Forte Cigars

Heralding a new era in artisanal cigar craftsmanship, we are proud to introduce L ’Forte, the newest addition to the D ’Crossier Cigar family. One of the most exclusive premium cigars available anywhere in the world, this exclusive new line, L’Forte, will be a limited production run of only 2000 numbered boxes each year. Carefully and meticulously produced in every aspect, these handcrafted cigars are fashioned as a result of the most demanding and comprehensive sorting process that we have ever developed with leaves originating from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  Our yearly aging process is based on a rotation of 24,000 cigars, allowing us to inspect and ensure the quality of the L'Forte supply. We humbly claim to use the best and most aged Spanish cedar in the cigar world today, aging without cellophane and artificial odors to deliver your ultimate smoking pleasure.

Fashioned with a Costa Rican wrapper that has itself been aged for 2 years, L'Forte is available in four sizes which we consider to perfectly showcase the exquisite balance of this blend, delivering a complex, delicate and sophisticated mélange of full tobacco flavors.

Available September 2014.

Country: Costa Rica | Flavor: Full Flavor
Wrapper: Costa Rica |
Fillers: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic

Taste in cigars, as in all things, is largely a matter of personal preference; quality, on the other hand, can be held to measurable standards. The D'crossier brand embodies excellence, crafted using a time honoured family recipe that dates back to the nineteenth century.

If you are new to our D'Crossier Cigars Brands, Pure Aroma Cigars Inc. Invites you to enjoy our best lines of aged premium cigars. We humbly recommend you try these fine blends and taste the result of a family passion for premium aged handcrafted cigars. Allow us to fulfill your expectations of a pleasurable cigar smoking experience and you will not be disappointed.

July 16, 2014

Global Premium Cigars Releases New Cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua

Global Premium Cigars Releases New Cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua
Miami, Florida, July 16, 2014

Global Premium Cigars is pleased to announce the release of its newest cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua. Global Premium Cigars is a tobacco company which is proud of its Nicaraguan heritage. The new cigar continues the company's tradition of excellence and is the only cigar in the 1502 cigars line that is 100% pure Nicaraguan tobacco.

Nicaragua is one of only two countries in the world which can produce cigars entirely from their tobacco. The 1502 Nicaragua epitomizes this birthright, as it is made from tobacco from all four regions of Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega, Jalapa, Ometepe.

"This cigar was created for my newborn son. So that he never forgets his roots - 100% Nicaraguan," said Enrique Sanchez, President of Global Premium Cigars.

The 1502 Nicaragua is packaged in a golden wrapper with a white band. It is a medium to medium-plus cigar that is stronger than the 1502 Line's Emerald. The cigar will be available in the Robusto vitola, measuring 5 X 50, and in boxes of 30 cigars, box pressed. Retailers are urged to order them in time for their customers.

For more information please email info@globalpremiumcigars.com or contact via the website: globalpremiumcigars.com

July 13, 2014

H. Upmann The Banker Annuity (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

This is the newest cigar from H. Upmann. The name has interesting roots. In 1844, German bankers Carl and Herman Upmann traveled to Cuba to create an exceptionally unique cigar and locked it away only to be gifted to their most special clients. After nearly 170 years, we have re-created that original blend.

The cigar is comprised of an aged Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder from the Jalapa region and aged Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.

"The Banker" by H. Upmann is available in three sizes:
   - Currency 48 x 5 ½"
   - Arbitrage 56 x 7"
   - Annuity 52 x 6" (reviewed today)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

It is a medium brown in color and had a nice feel/weight in the hand. Here is a hot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a light, sweet orange citrus with cream notes. There were also light graham cracker notes. The pepper was a combination of white and red pepper. The finish is a sweet cream that is almost candy-like.

About one inch in the cigar is burning evenly. The original flavors are still intact. The intensity of the red/white pepper is rated at a 7. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. The front end flavors are very nice and the red pepper flavor really makes it that much better.

About two inches in and look at that burn line and tight ash! There are now some dry wood notes on the front end. I love to see a firm, tight ash. That's about 2 inches. There is also a little richness in the front end flavors, which is always nice.

With a couple inches remaining the red pepper notes have decreased and you're left with a white pepper. The graham cracker notes have decreased and the wood notes and earthiness are a little more prominent. The finish is unchanged as well as the strength.

The flavors continued to merge into what is now cedar and citrus notes. Gone are the graham cracker notes and cream. I got notes of white pepper with some red pepper notes at the end with the white pepper dominant. The wood notes also went away. The earthiness was subtle. The cigar was medium bodied and the finish was unchanged. This was a nice "light cigar" from H. Upmann. If the cigar had not change from what it was at the beginning and through the midpoint I would have liked the cigar more but it was a good cigar. These are on shelves now.

Score: 88