Connoisseur's Corner: An Amazing Lonsdale
(From the April 2010 issue of Cigar Aficionado) Lonsdales were once the most popular cigar size in the world. The amazing performance of a lonsdale-sized H. Upmann No. 1 that was rolled more than 50 years ago gives you a hint at why the size may have been so popular. Not only did the cigar have an age-defying wrapper, but the flavor was a thing of pure beauty. A larger (and much, much younger) Cuban Punch from one of Cuba’s finest vintages was nearly as good. They scored 98 and 97 points, respectively, both of them earning the accolade of “classic.” But fine cigars don’t have to hail from Havana to age well. Note the classic score for the Padrón Millennium. This nine-year-old corona gorda is packed with delicious flavor. An older and thinner Dominican Davidoff also has aged beautifully, showing elegance and style.