October 21, 2017

H. Upmann Banker Ingot Rose' (6 3/4 x 48)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show, Altadis U.S.A. unveiled a second installment to its limited edition H. Upmann Banker Ingot line, the H. Upmann Banker Ingot Rosé.

The Ingot line is an offshoot of the H. Upmann Banker , a line that pays homage to brand founder Herman Upmann. Upmann was a German banker who in 1844 went to Havana Cuba and invested in a cigar factory – which became the H. Upmann brand. The first installment of the Ingot, the H.Upmann Banker Private Holding was released last year. The Ingot kept to the roots of banking as the cigars were packaged in gold brick packaging and had gold banding. The Ingot Private Holding was a one-time limited edition box-pressed Toro.

The new installment, the H. Upmann Banker Ingot Rosé, brings an all-new blend consisting of an aged Cameroon wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. The Ingot Rose is being made in one size – a 6 3/4 x 48 Churchill. It is available in 12-count boxes with a total of 5,000 boxes (60,000 cigars) produced.  The Ingot Rosé will feature rose-colored brick packaging and rose-colored bands.

Pricing is set at $12.00 per cigar.

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera Garcia)

Vitolas Available
Churchill: 6 3/4 x 48

The presentation of the Ingot Rose' gives a feel of class. It has a beautiful foil in rose gold. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.

The lower and main band must be removed to enable the removal of the rose gold foil sheet. But, there is another H. Upmann main band underneath. The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a blend of sweet pink grapefruit with sweet cedar, whipping cream,  buttery brown sugar, and white pepper rated at a 7 1/2. 

1 1/2 inch in (23 minutes) the flavors are much like they started. I got a mix of a citrus and cedar but I cannot call it a definite pink grapefruit. There is a nice buttery flavor to the cigar. There is also brown sugar and now there are cinnamon notes. The pepper seems to be changing from a white to a black but for now I'm still calling it a white pepper. The finish is a buttery cream with good lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. It seems the cigar may go fuller. The front end flavors are nice, sweet, and tangy.

At the midpoint (52 minutes) I did not have as much buttery notes but the tangy, sweet citrus/cedar combination is going along at a fantastic rate. The tangy flavor is sharp. There are nice brown sugar and cinnamon notes also making the cigar even sweeter. The pepper is very close to black now. So far I have not mentioned any coffee notes and that's because the brown sugar is so deep it acts as the bottom flavor. But, if you split hairs you could say there are light black coffee notes at the base. The butter may have decreased on the front end but it's definitely still on the finish. The lingering pepper is much more intense now. The cigar is still medium bodied. 

In the final third, at the band, with about 3 inches remaining (1 hour 13 minutes) I would call this a fairly consistent cigar. But, the elusive black coffee notes are starting to become more evident. One place you notice them is the sharp, tangy notes of the citrus/cedar combination are not as sharp now. The coffee has filed them down a bit. There are still some buttery notes along with brown sugar and cinnamon. The pepper is pretty much a combination of white and black now. The finish is unchanged. The lingering pepper is very good. The cigar may be called a low grade medium to full bodied. 

The Ingot Rose' lasted 1 hour 43 minutes. A very nice burn time. There were a lot of aspects of what I like in a good Cameroon cigar. I very much enjoyed this cigar. The buttery citrus/cedar notes were great when combined with the brown sugar and cinnamon. There was an eventual light black coffee base. The finish was very good and the lingering pepper was also very good. There was still some tangy notes and the cinnamon really came out nicely in the final stages. The pepper finally changed over to a black pepper. The finish was still a buttery cream but in the final stages it also had some citrus and brown sugar notes. This is a very good cigar. It may be considered pricey but well worth it. The cigar lived up to it's classy exterior. A very tasty cigar that is a must try. You can purchase these cigars HERE.

Score: 93

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