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H. Upmann 2010 Edicion Limitada

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I could only get my hands on one of these cigars for this review. And that was only because it was Rick’s last one. So thanks for the donation! I had a hard time finding out any information on this particular cigar. Gus Mantas chimed in before this review and said he liked the 2009 better. I literally had to measure the length and use a ring gauge guide, and I couldn’t tell you what the price is. But from what I could gather, this appears to be a real Cuban and not a knock-off, which makes it review worthy in my opinion. As always, I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Cuba

Size: 6 1/4 X 50

Price: ???


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a toothy appearance with no real flaws. The odor coming off of the wrapper and foot was a mild wood. When squeezing the cigar, there was a slight give, but it wasn’t spongy. The pre-light draw was perfect, and had earthy/woody notes.

The burn required several corrections in the first half. One of those corrections was major. The ash held for about an inch.



The first third started off with an interesting smoke feel and flavor that was almost buttery. There was also a woody and earthy component. Smoke volume was plentiful. Simple but not bad at all.


The second third picked up in body a little, but remained in the medium to upper medium bodied range. There was a nice spice when passing smoke though the nose. It was peppery and had a nice punch, but didn’t burn. The woodiness remained and became less earthy. A coffee-ish flavor kicked in, and everything just blended well together. There was also an unidentified flavor that I notice is unique to Cuban tobacco. I can’t really find anything to compare it with, but it is nice.


The last third may have crept into the full bodied range. The pepper seemed to become more smoother, and boarded on being sweet. The woody and coffee flavors melded together along with that natural tobacco flavor I mentioned in the second third. The smoke feel became thick and creamy. A coating was left in the mouth and lips after exhaling. This was easily my favorite third of the cigar.



This was a very good medium to full bodied cigar. I don’t get a lot of chances to smoke Cuban cigars. Like their “Legal” counterparts, I get mixed results. Some are great, some are not. I still enjoy the Partagas Serie P and think it is better than this one. But I’m not saying this was was not good. If you get the chance to try this cigar, I think it is worth it. Very nice…

Padilla Obsidian Edicion Especial 2006

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I found today’s review at the bottom of the humidor. I don’t know when I picked it up or from who. I suspect the low price and overall appearance prompted me to buy it. All I know is that this is a bundle cigar, and I’ve seen them on the Internet for very low prices. Like always, this cigar was paired with water, and here are my thoughts.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Size: 6 x 54

Price: Around $3.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper was rugged looking, with a few medium to large veins and a toothy appearance. The wrapper had an earthy barnyard-ish odor, while the foot had more of a spice to it. The pre-light draw had slight resistance with a sweet earthy and woody taste. When I pinched the cigar from head to foot, I found it to be densely packed with a minor soft spot or two.

At first the burn required a few major corrections. It mellowed out in the last third. The ash held for about 3/4 inch before falling off.



The first third had a mild earthiness with a spicy pepper. The smoke feel was a bit dry but overall pleasant.


The second third remained simple but good. Those earthy notes lingered pretty far in the background, while a sweet spicy pepper took over. I picked up a secondary dry moch-ish flavor that was aight. A slight bitterness came in as this third ended. This particular bitterness I didn’t care for, but it was very slight and didn’t bother me too much.


The last third did not change at all in terms of flavor. It may have crept into the upper medium body range, but that’s about it. The bitterness fell even further into the background and was difficult to detect. As for flavors, copy and paste the second third here.



This was an OK medium to upper medium bodied cigar. It basically fit the price point. In terms of bundle cigars, I would prefer this cigar. But that’s just my .02. I think this is worth trying for yourself.

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