The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2011

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Made By
Habanos S.A.
Factory Location
Cuba
Wrapper
Cuba
Binder
Cuba
Filler
Cuba
Price
£17.50
Ring Gauge
52
Length
6 1/8"
Rating
92

H. Upmann No. 2


We’ve long been fans of H. Upmann No. 2s, even if the typical cigar smoker tends to overlook the lovely pirámide for other cigars. One of the fine things about the H. Upmann brand is its small size. Many of Cuba’s biggest cigar brands—Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo—are too large in production to be made in only one place, but all H. Upmanns are rolled at the H. Upmann Factory, which is now located in the building that once was the old Romeo y Julieta Factory.

José Miguel Barzaga Maceo is the factory manager, ensuring quality control over the smokes. We found this H. Upmann No. 2 well made with consistently even combustion. It began with light tea notes and woody intonations, but became heavier as we puffed it, finishing with great notes of chocolate, nuts and some black pepper.

Box Date: April 2009