Cuban

H. Upmann - Magnum 56 Edición Limitada 2015

H. Upmann - Magnum 56 Edición Limitada 2015

Personal Story

My love and passion for cigars has led me to subscribe to multiple cigar websites and newsletters that send monthly and quarterly updates about the industry. One night an email showed up in my inbox and mentioned the release a new Limited Edition cigar from H. Upmann. "Here we go again" I thought to myself. It was going to be another Magnum 50 like-cigar. Don't get me wrong, I am not belittling the Magnum 50 whatsoever. It is a great cigar that can always be found in my humidor. Peeking at the email, I then saw a fairly thick ring gauge and a dark wrapper with a big "56" on the band. I want this box, I need this box and I will get this box.

Bolivar - Emarati RE UAE

Bolivar - Emarati RE UAE

Personal Story

The Edmundo line was introduced in 2004, however it wasn't until 2013 when Montecristo released the Double Edmundo size vitola. This gorgeous cigar is totally hand made from selected leaves originating from the famous "Vuelta Abajo", Pinar Del Rio region in Cuba. The flawless light brown wrapper is terminated at the head by an elegant new Montecristo band whose Fleur-De-Lis shines bright like a diamond. The unlit Double Edmundo embodies rich leathery and oaky aromas. Number 15 spot on the Top 25 cigars of 2014 by Cigar Aficionado.

Trinidad - Ingenios Edición Limitada 2007

Trinidad - Ingenios Edición Limitada 2007

Personal Story

The first time I ever heard of the brand Trinidad was approximately 5 years ago while reading my first cigar book - I had bought it and felt the necessity to go through it. The image is still engraved in my memory. In one column was a big list of the most common and "global" Cuban cigar brands, such as Montecristo, Partagas, Romeo Y Julieta, etc. The second column had a smaller list of the "multi-local" brands which included Punch, Bolivar, Robaina, etc. However the third column was reserved for the "niche" Cuban cigar brands in which Trinidad was part along with Cuaba and San Cristobal. I felt the urge to get my hands on and to smoke one of these brands ASAP. I had only one plan the next day; Go and check out the local cigar shop in Ottawa, Canada. The shop opened at 11:00am and there I was - at 11:15am - already seeking the uncommon yet exquisite cigar.

Montecristo - Double Edmundo

Montecristo - Double Edmundo

Personal Story

Most of the Montecristo's have really wowed me, most certainly the Montecristo No.2. The Open Eagle - if my memory serves me well - was the first Montecristo I ever tried. I did not give it much thought since at that time I was simply cigars just to look cool and to hang out more often with my Dad. Fast forward a couple of years ahead and there I was standing in the enormous walk-in humidor at the La Casa Del Habano at the Beirut International Airport. Having purchased a box of Petit Coronas, i decided to opt for a box of much larger cigars.

Montecristo - No.2

Montecristo - No.2

Personal Story

I am a person that appreciates good cigars. The best way to get to know which cigar is worth trying is to look at other aficionado’s opinions. Looking at CigarAficionado’s website, I noticed that the numero uno cigar of 2013 is surprisingly the Montecristo No.2. I had the pleasure of smoking this cigar in 2012 and looking back at the taste notes corresponding to that cigar, it seems my opinions had mixed results. Since 2012, I have had the chance to try out various new brands and have become much more exposed to the art of cigar. I can confirm that my knowledge has grown deeply therefore decided to give this cigar of the year a second chance.