The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2012
H. Upmann Royal Robusto
Cuban cigars are getting fatter, and the Cuban Edmundo size—5 3/8 inches long by 52 ring—is akin to a longer, fatter robusto. It works beautifully in this new H. Upmann Royal Robusto, a chunky cigar unveiled at the 2011 Habanos Festival in Cuba and brought to market later that year as an exclusive for sale in Casas del Habano stores around the world. (Note the secondary band bearing the Casa del Habano logo.) There are some 140 such stores around the globe, making the cigar not terribly hard to find, which is a good thing.
The cigar has a fine, lush draw, which delivers big notes of earth, coffee bean and concentrated minerals before a long and oaky finish. Those who believe Cuban Upmanns are milder smokes should think again—these cigars have some oomph.
In 2011 the H. Upmann Havana location was moved to the Romeo y Julieta factory, where H. Upmann workers and supervisors hung up their own banner and began rolling, while their own factory was renovated. The H. Upmann Royal Robusto was one of the first new smokes they rolled in their new, albeit temporary, home.
Watch the video of Gordon Mott and David Savona smoking the H. Upmann Royal Robusto.
Box Date: May 2011