Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 18 March 2011

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hupvintagecampic1 If you enjoy medium-bodied cigars in the Robusto format, we have two reviews today that should catch your eye. We will begin with the tasty H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Robusto and finish with the Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto.

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Robusto

H. Upmann describes its Vintage Cameroon as “the world's finest Cameroon cigar.” While that claim may seem bold, the cigar has a nice resume of high ratings to back it up. Handmade at the Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic, the Vintage Cameroon is said to be a cigar made for connoisseurs.

The H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Robusto measures 5 x 52. There are several other sizes available in the line, including the 4 1/2 x 38 Pequenos, 5 x 40 Petite Corona, 5 1/2 x 44 Corona, 6 5/8 x 44 Lonsdale, 4 1/4 x 46 Short Figurado, 7 x 50 Churchill, 5 x 52 Petite No. 2, 5 x 52 Rothchilde, 5 3/4 x 52 Figurado, 6 1/8 x 52 Belicoso, and 6 x 54 Toro. The cigar's filler is a blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian tobaccos. The binder is Nicaraguan, and a special Cameroon wrapper tops it off. The Vintage Cameroon Robusto is listed as medium to full-bodied.

H. Upmann did a great job with the Vintage Cameroon Robusto's presentation. The lower part of the cigar is covered by two small bands and a cedar sheath. A nice decorative band sits near the head that showcases the H. Upmann logo and the Vintage Cameroon name. The red, gold, and white colors of the band are eye-catching. Once the bands and the sheath are removed, the Vintage Cameroon Robusto appears to be a very smooth cigar with excellent construction. The dark brown wrapper is enticing and has a bit of an oily sheen. Only a few minor veins are visible. The cigar feels very firm to the touch, so hopefully that will not result in a tight draw. Before lighting, there is plenty of cedar both in the aroma and the cold taste.

As expected, the cigar's burn is solid overall. The draw is on the tight side at first, but it quickly improves. The ash is firm and white in color. The burn stays even on its own until the very end, eliminating the need for any touch-ups. It also stays lit on its own.


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