2012 Edicion Limitada H. Upmann Robusto

The 2012 Edicion Limitada robusto is a stout looking cigar.  It is a robustos vitola that comes in at a 50 ring gauge and is 4.9 inches in length.

There were an unspecified number of 10 count dress boxes released in 2012.

This is a cigar that I found discombobulated when I sampled it in 2012.  I am interested in seeing how this has developed over the past 3 years.

Let’s see how this is progressing….

The wrapper is a deep, dark chocolate hue of brown.  Toothy and rough to the touch.  Aromas of mik chocolate, dark sugar and hazelnuts emanate from the wrapper.

Construction is good.   Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The triple cap looks bumpy and the foot is packed.

A quick twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to roll.

The draw is good.  Nice airflow with a slight resistance.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: honey, hazelnut, milk chocolate and a touch of herbal notes.

Time to take this to the flame…..

First Third

Mint, light cocoa, leather, woody notes and roasted nuts, with a touch of sweetness start us off on our journey.  Fairly smooth with no harshness.  The strength is at a medium level.  Nice balance between strength and flavours to start.

The draw is good and copious amounts of smoke emanate from the cigar.  The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.

The retrohale reveals mint, woody notes, leather and a touch of cocoa as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish has nice body to it and is lasting on the palate.  Layers of mint, roasted nuts and leather is bolstered with light cocoa and woody notes.  A somewhat delicate flavour profile that is assisted by the medium level of strength.  Lingers and gently envelops the palate.  Impressive so far….

Second Third

This is a unique flavour profile as I swear I get peanut butter hitting my palate right now, combined with roasted nuts, oolong tea, honey and earth.  Interesting to say the least.  The strength is faltering slightly as it falls to the lower end of the medium level.

The retrohale is perplexing as mint, earth and oolong tea move smoothly through the nasal passages.

The after finish is a head scratcher as mint, earth, oolong tea, combined with peanut butter and roasted nuts dance on the palate.  Smooth yet discombobulated.  Seems like it is trying to find its identity.  Strength is starting to wane and impacts the amount of time the flavours stay on the palate.  The cigar is keeping me interested, more so for curiosity’s sake rather than by enjoyment….

Final Third

Another change, for the better, as we enter the final third.  Eucalyptus, earth, leather, oolong tea and herbal notes form the core of the flavour profile.  A little tannic and heavier on the palate.  Strength has returned to a medium level.

The retrohale brings mint, roasted nuts, earth and oolong tea with a light brushing of herbal notes through the nasal passages.

The after finish has an astringent taste to it.  Heavy with oolong tea, earth and leather, followed by herbal notes and eucalyptus.  The return of the strength level to medium allows the flavours to spend more time on the palate.  More enjoyable than the second third however, doesn’t hold up to the initial flavour profile in the first third.

Final Impressions

This is a Jekyll and Hyde type of cigar.  It’s rare that I get 3 distinct flavour profiles within one cigar.  It started off with promise, took a turn for the worst and then finished up strong.

Not sure what the long term potential is of this particular release as I’ve have 2 different experiences.  I guess the only way to find out is to sample another one in the near future…..

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