No. 2, 6.1 x 52
|Cigar age||1 yr. 3.7 mo.|
BACKGROUND: H. Upmann is one of the oldest pre-Revolution brands. Established in 1844, it is now classified as a Global brand and its popularity is worldwide. For 50 years since the Revolution, the H. Upmann brand has remained as popular as it was in the pre-Revolution days.
When Mendendez y Garcia & Co. purchased the H. Upmann brand in 1937, they immediately began to reorganize the running of the factory. The production of their new Montecristo brand that they created in 1935 was moved to the H. Upmann factory.
After the Cuban revolution, the Menendez family chose to leave Cuba in 1961 and the factory came under the management of state owned Cubatabaco.
The range comprises light to medium strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba.
The regular production No. 2 Torpedo, along with the Montecristo No. 2, are probably the most famous torpedo cigars in the world. The H. Upmann has great aging potential and has been said to increase in strength up to 20-years of age.
TASTING NOTES: The H. Upmann No. 2 presents with a solid core of earthy flavor, including straightforward tobacco with coffee beans and an underlying herbal character. Retrohaling added smoky oak wood and a dash of vanilla.
The draw was a bit stiff on this sample, but not enough to detract from the overall performance. This cigar cast a deeply striated, dark gray ash that held very firm to the end of the stick. Overall, I was quite pleased with the performance of the No. 2 during the first half.
FINAL THOUGHTS: The second half brought more of the same flavor profile from the H. Upmann No. 2. Though the cigar is not terribly complex at this stage, it is still enjoyable; in fact, it’s lip-smacking good.
Cuban cigars tend to be more exciting as they age because they change so drastically in the short- and long-term. I’m expecting some great things from this cigar over the next 5-years. These cigars are currently just a year old, which is quite young by Cuban standards.
I think the No. 2 will match well with most scotches, including single malts and blended scotches.
Final verdict: Buy a box and hold onto as many as possible for future aging.
These cigars are resting in their original box inside my retrofitted wine cooler cabinet humidor. The cabinet sits along an inside wall of my home. The cabinet has an active humidifier that is set at 68%RH. The average summer temperature has been 70°F.
This is the first of two reviews of these sticks, which have approximately 1 year, 3 months and 20 days of aging.
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