Cigar Aficionado

H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
52 52
Tasting Note
H. Upmann has really reinvented itself. The Dominican-made brand is a major mark owned by Altadis U.S.A. Inc. and received a complete tobacco makeover in 2011. What was once an Indonesian TBN wrapper became a rich Ecuadoran Habano cover leaf, the binder was switched from Dominican to Nicaraguan and the Brazilian component of the blend is gone, leaving only Dominican filler behind. In other words, it’s an entirely different cigar. Though the classic packaging remains essentially the same, the flavors are now amped up not only in strength but complexity. The best expression of this new blend is undoubtedly in the Belicoso, which delivers a substantial serving of heady, fresh tobacco notes and a warm, toasty finish. While Altadis counts six varieties of H. Upmann in its portfolio, this one truly stands out.
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6 1/8"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2013
Price $6.75
Designation Top 25 of 2012 | Rank: 15
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2017 | Score: 90

The visible pores give the wrapper of this dark belicoso a toothy appearance. It has a cedary sweetness, also showing notes of toasted marshmallow, leather and an earthy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2012 | Score: 93

A beautifully made pyramid with a superbly even burn and lush draw that layers the palate with earth, cedar, mineral and rich tobacco intonations.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
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