The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2004

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Made By
Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd.
Factory Location
Dominican Republic
Wrapper
Cameroon
Binder
Nicaragua
Filler
Dom. Rep., Nicaragua, Peru
Price
$6.00
Ring Gauge
52
Length
6 1/8"
Rating
92

H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon Belicoso


In the grand old days of the cigar business, Dominican H. Upmanns were wrapped in toothy Cameroon leaf. A chronic shortage of Cameroon in the mid-1990s prompted its maker substitute Indonesian wrapper. The taste changed. Today, Cameroon has staged a mighty comeback, allowing Upmann brand owner Altadis to start using it again. The result is this delicious line extension to the Upmann brand, rich in flavor and medium in body. The best part? The 6 1/8 by 52 cigar retails for only $6.