Been a while since I've done a review, and I haven't smoked yet today, so... might as well, right?
Opened up my humidor full of smokes I haven't reviewed yet, and grabbed an Upmann. This is the Dominican H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon, one that I've been looking forward to trying since I fell in love with the Cuban Upmanns.
Cigar: H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon
Vitola: Toro (6” x 54)
Origin: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Rating (out of 10): 9.3
The cigar features a slight variation to the classic red, white, and gold H. Upmann cigar band, with a slightly larger bottom section to accommodate the words 'Vintage Cameroon.' The wrapper is a reddish, medium brown, and the lower two thirds or so are wrapped in a thing sheet of cedar.
There are a couple of light veins, and completely invisible seams.
The construction is flawless, with no cracks and a perfectly placed cap, which takes a perfect punch cut.
Unsurprisingly, the barrel smells of cedar, and cedar with distinct notes of fruit at the foot.
The cold draw is open and cedary, with a soft sweetness that's difficult to identify. After lighting, the cedar is definitely the prominent flavor, along with a hint of spice on the finish. That sweetness is still tucked in there, also. It's still tough to discern, but it's nice and creamy.
The flavor is...interesting. The spiced cedar profile is unlike anything I've tasted in a cigar before.
The burn is almost perfectly even, and produces a solid, white ash column in its wake.
There's a kind of sweet tobacco aftertaste that's pretty nice.
Not much change in the flavor profile going into the second third. Still mostly cedar and spice, with a soft, creamy undertone.
Moving into the finial third, the spice has diminished somewhat, and the sweet creaminess from the Cameroon wrapper is beginning to come across much more prominently.
The burn is still nearly perfect, and the ash is still solid, though I have gone and ashed the cigar a couple of times already.
I was pretty satisfied by this cigar. Not necessarily blown away by it, and I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to smoke one again, but I wouldn't call it bad or disappointing in any way. It burned very nicely, and it wasn't a taste I disliked, it just was not one of my favorites. Still a fine cigar, though.