H. Upmann Cabinet Selección Robusto

I picked up a couple of these guys after a local tobacconist told me these were kind of hard to come by. As the story goes, not every shop can get their hands on these cigars, and as a condition of getting them as a shop owner, you can’t advertise that you have them. It might make the other shops angry or jealous. Seriously.

I don’t know if the story is true or not, but it has a certain conspiratorial tone to it that makes it fun to repeat. And since I haven’t seen these smokes anywhere else and couldn’t find much information about them online, I’m inclined to believe the story. Of course the question comes down to whether or not the cigars are worth all the entertaining cloak and dagger. Let’s check it out.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Indonesia
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil
Smoking Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Beverage: Water
Price: $6.60

Foot fetish?

The Pre-Smoke
To being with it was a fine looking cigar. It had a very light wrapper that was smooth with fine veins and a nice little sheen, all wrapped up in a sharp-looking bright white and gold band. The cigar was firm to the touch with a slight, somewhat inconsistent give. But not inconsistent enough to cause much concern.

I did, however, notice a few tears in the wrapper. One really pronounced one on the first cigar and a minor one in in the second. I’m not sure, but I think the major wrapper rip in the first was my bad. I dropped the cigar when I pulled it out of the humidor. I’m pretty sure the tear wasn’t there when I bought it.

Collateral damage

The really interesting thing about my pre-smoke evaluation of this cigar was the scent of the wrapper. The first cigar had a fairly normal light sweet barnyard scent, but the second smelled exactly like lightly perfumed baby powder. I’m serious. It was so exactly baby powder I had to think about whether or not we had any around. (To the best of my knowledge, we don’t have any baby powder in the house.) I’m not sure what to make of it, it’s pretty unusual aroma for a cigar. (Anybody else come across a cigar smelling of baby powder? Probably a good idea not to carry your travel humidor in the baby bag!)

I think I need to get my Xikar sharpened…

The Burn
Overall the burn for both cigars was great, with a few exceptions. I did have to relight both cigars toward the end of the second third, and at points the burn line strayed a bit before correcting itself.

Each cigar produced a mostly solid light ash that weighed in at an admirable inch long ash. (The second was slightly flaky, but not too bad.) And though the draw was a little tight in the first cigar, it was generally good.

The Flavor
If I had to describe the flavor of this cigar in one word, it’d be pretty easy. It was very creamy. Excluding a few sections sprinkled throughout the smoke, this cigar was very creamy. Fortunately I’m not limited to a single word, because there’s a lot more to it than that.

In the first third I got quite a bit of sweetness, leather and a grain flavor in addition to that creaminess. At points the sweetness was like syrup, at other points it was like berries and cherry.

In the second third the body picked up noticeably and leather was more prominent. I also got notes of cinnamon, and interestingly, mushroom. The leather flavor continued into the final third as did the sweetness.

The Price
Given the interesting and tasty array of flavors, the good burn and the storied scarcity, I’d have to say this cigar is fairly priced.

Oooo… Pretty…

The Verdict
Saying I really enjoyed this cigar isn’t revealing a big secret. Creamy to the point of being buttery and sweet with a little bit of spice and some good leather? It’s like dessert! What’s not to love? This one’s definitely going on my list of cigars to buy more of when I free up some more space in my humidor. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for these as you browse through the selection at your local B&M, they’re definitely worth trying out.

Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes

The Tower of Burn
Here for your viewing pleasure is my trademark Tower of Burn.