Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut RobustoCigar Info

Last year at IPCPR Altadis showed off a new released under the H. Upmann brand: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut. It comes in four sizes and is made to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Cuban H. Upmann brand name. It is the first Upmann to use a Connecticut wrapper. Also making this unique is the use of a piece of wrapper in the cap.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

In addition to the Connecticut wrapper, it uses a Dominican binder and fillers from Dominican Republic and . The cigar is rolled at Altadis’ Tabacalera de Garcia. It comes in 20 count boxes. The four vitolas are: Robusto (5 x 52) — $8.35, Toro (6 x 50) — $8.60, Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) — $8.80, and Churchill (6 3/4 x 48) — $8.95.

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut RobustoVital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic &
Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia
Blender: Grupo de Maestros
Number of reviewers: 4 Alan (Eulogy) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) John A. (Bostoneo) Mickey T. (irratebass)
Price: $8.35
Age: 5 Months
Release Date: October 2018
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 93

“Very attractive cigar. The wrapper is soft to the touch, the seams are almost invisible, and the cap is a darker leaf in contrast to the golden brown hue of the rest of the wrapper. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Aroma: 91

“The aroma is fabulous. It’s both woody walnut campfire with a minute sweetness.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Very rich blast of oily pepper on the first few puffs. Notes of leather start to develop and the smoke gives a very dry mouth feel. Mineral and bread start to take the place of very aggressive pepper. It’s not an unpleasant first third but is a slightly weird profile that reminds me of peppery sour dough bread with strong notes of leather. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“A slightly tight draw gets me going on the initial light up. Flavors of creamy leather and hay hit off the bat. Rich vanilla creaminess sneaks in after a half inch in and maintains course through the rest of this third. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Second Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

“Draw is extremely tight. Burn is performing very well. Without the espresso note, the cigar has become rather one noted. Profile is still good just a little less interesting.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Flavors are staying consistent, but there is something else trying to pop it’s head in, but I can’t quite place it. Wrapper is starting to crack close to the foot. ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

“Profile has lighten to creamed coffee, a wonderful addition to the profile. The cigar was very enjoyable but did not wow me” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“The final third is upon me and with it brings flavors of charred oak, vanilla, and a nice medium profile. The intensity of the flavors tame down after awhile and the cigar tones down into a nice leathery, creamy, and slightly earthy profile. Towards the end a spicy black pepper creeps in to end this stick. ” –John A. (Bostoneo)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 87

“Nice and open with plenty of smoke ” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Burn: 98

“Solid ash and razor sharp burn though out. Never required a touch up or relight. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Construction: 91

“No soft spots or blemishes to be found. Expertly constructed. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90

“Kinda like a roller coaster. The beginning was promising, the middle was great, and the end felt like sitting through its a small world. This is probably one of the driest smokes I’ve had in awhile. The smoke output was actually very good but it always felt like it was wicking my mouth dry. It’s certainly worth a try but if you’re not a fan of mineral notes you might want to pass on this one. ” –Alan (Eulogy)

“Would definitely smoke again” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Overall, nice Connecticut cigar with plenty of flavor to get thumbs up from even more heavy bodied smokers. I felt this cigar was stunted a bit by its tighter than normal draw and could of really been a gem otherwise. The flavor profiles were spot on for a rich conni wrapped cigar any smoker would thoroughly enjoy anytime of the day for any occasion. I’d like to redux this one to see if it had a better draw. Thumbs up!” –John A. (Bostoneo)

“I really liked this cigar, there was quite a bit going on with it. Plenty of sweetness, and I’m sure that’s because of the cap. I got chocolate, honey, almonds, and wood. Strength was at an even medium.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 100

Reviewer
Apr
Aro
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Const
Ovr
All
Alan929292958895979592
Ryan H.859588889085959090
John A.9290929092851009290
Mickey T.928888888890888888
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Blind Cigar Review: H. Upmann | Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Robusto

Overall Score – 91 – Very Good

  • Appearance 93% 93%
  • Aroma 91% 91%
  • First Third 90% 90%
  • Second Third 88% 88%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 87% 87%
  • Burn 98% 98%
  • Construction 91% 91%
  • Overall Experience 90% 90%