Cuban H. Upmann Magnum 54 | Cigar Reviews by the Katman

  • Wrapper: Cuban
  • Binder: Cuban
  • Filler: Cuban
  • Size: 4.75 x 54
  • Strength: Medium
  • Price: $15.67 (Cigars of Habanos)

BACKGROUND:

Box Date: April 2018

Never much to report on a Cuban cigar’s pedigree, but I found this little ditty on Cigar Lover’s Magazine:

“Officially launched in 2016, the H. Upmann Magnum 54 reached the retailers only in 2017. The real marketing for the cigar didn’t start until 2018, when these cigars became readily available.

“Magnum 54 is one of the latest news at H. Upmann, fully embracing today’s demand for large ring gauges with a short size. As already happened also for its predecessors, the 54 presents two bands, a classic H. Upmann band and a second that shows the name of the cigar.

“Aesthetically, the cigars are dressed in a Colorado shaded wrapper, that is oily and silky to the touch. Some gaps in the filling are noticeable.

APPEARANCE:

I measure it and it is 4-1/2” not 4-3/4” as described. I find this happens a lot with Cubans. Why? Fuck if I know…the metric system?

It is a rough looking tree branch with lots of aberrations going from big ass veins to seams that haven’t seen tight since the day they were rolled. It is a heavy stick and hard as a rock. No give whatsoever.

The wrapper has some sheen on it brought out by photographic light. The color is that of everyday honey. A golden sunset on the shores of Albania at 2am.

SMELL THE GLOVE:

Hardly any aroma at all. If I penetrate the cigar with my pointy nose, I detect bits of caramel, nutmeg, milk chocolate, creaminess, malt, cedar, barnyard, and cinnamon.

The draw is impenetrable. Not a lick of air. Out comes my trusty PerfecDraw draw adjustment tool and I go to work. A plug near the cigar band is dispatched with easily. But there is a plug the size of my goiter in the middle of the cigar that fights me. I don’t want to force it and watch the tip of the PerfecDraw play hide and seek emerging from the wrapper near the foot. I glide it in like I do with my strap on. I must use the entire length of my draw tool to clear the garbage. One of the things I see consistently with Cubans. Why? Fuck if I know…the metric system?

The cold draw presents flavors of bitter black pepper, creaminess, barnyard, nuts, espresso, milk chocolate, cedar, and cinnamon.

FIRST THIRD:

I only have this one cigar. My dear concubine, Kellie, sent it to me…so I’m going in blind. Its true. I have groupies and concubines all over the country. I get dick pics all the time.

The draw is still tight. So, through the magic of Rod Kurthy, I slam my draw tool home once more until I get the perfect resistance for my needs and preference.

Cigar Aficionado reviewed this cigar at least 3 times. Ratings went from 87-90.

It starts off nicely with creamy chocolate and espresso. The black pepper has run for coverage as the bitterness is gone and now the spiciness lay quietly in the background. A good-sized dollop of complexity jumps right in. But too early for significant transitions or finish.

Citrus pops up but I can’t discern the root source of either lemon or lime. Flavors are all even keeled and pleasant. Like me begging for Fingerhut not to close my account. I need that $3200 dry popcorn maker.

I haven’t been able to review all week due to the fucking freeze. Never got above Zero. But today my dears, it is a balmy 23 degrees. The windows fly open and the cat runs underneath the bed.

Strength is just shy of medium.

A touch of licorice enters. Caramel returns to boost the creaminess. Maltiness gives the profile a nice kick in the arse.

There is a sweet nutty sensation…raw cashews maybe…salted almonds…hazelnut…fried Alpo.

Nice cigar. Expensive too. It better be a nice cigar. Transitions are mostly made of creaminess, cinnamon, and lemon sponge cake. In tiny moments, the cinnamon is joined by nutmeg and clove. I got a pumpkin pie brewing.

It reminds me a bit of a Casdagli blend. That Hendrik Kelner thing. Very smooth and complexity on the rise.

Strength is a solid medium now.

I saw on FB that Bryan Glynn seems to have gotten in a serious car accident. Some other guy’s fault. Naturally, Glynn records his agony with his cell phone. Regardless, I wish him well and hope he is OK. I hope he gets a gazillion bucks using the law firm of Hupy & Abraham.

As I near the first third, I see this as a 90 rated stick. Still 3” to go. (This what I used to say to chicks I dated when they asked, “Is it in yet?”)

The ash is like Mount Rushmore.

This is the perfect morning cigar. Flavors aren’t bold…but they are nicely balanced and come through with definition. Behold, the cigar has some character.

SECOND THIRD:

Morphing begins with a shot of intense complexity. Rich and succulent. Since Cuban cigars don’t go in for the big payoff to get decent ratings from Cigar Aficionado, I’m not sure what the magazine’s intent is. I’m so wary of anything they review, that I never know what to believe. I do believe the blend is better than an 87. But then, they review these cigars only 6 months or less after receipt. Everyone knows by now that Cubans need lots and lots of humi time. I know folks who have 20–25-year Cubans cooking in their humidors. Judging a Cuban after only 6 months wipes the validity of the review right off the chalkboard.

The sweetness v. savory quotient is a little heavy on the sweet side. The savory points rest on simple things like fresh bread, nuts, and cedar.

The burn is exemplary. No stinkin’ touch ups required.

Creamy chocolate rears its tush and waves it at my palate. A grouping of indistinct flavors arrives. Pleasant but hard to pin down. Maybe later they will emerge from the phone booth wearing red spandex.

Cinnamon gets down and funky. Espresso makes its mark. This is a lovely stick but at almost $16, I can name dozens of cigars I’d buy before I bought this one. Thankfully, Kellie is extremely wealthy and can afford Cubans, caviar, and canapés.

Out of nowhere, I get pancakes and maple syrup. This is a nice surprise. I also have not eaten today so…the part of my brain, the Gonadius Flatulencia, that determines flavor is working overtime.

The burn becomes wonky.

Clearly, the bulk of the tobacco stuffing was in the first half of the cigar…as it burned very slowly. Now, as I pass the halfway point, it is burning faster. I find construction on most Cubans is less than stellar.

LAST THIRD:

Without notice, the cigar smokes harshly. What happened? Am I now burning the cesium placed in the cigar by the communists?

Flavors: Creamy, dark cocoa, malt, cedar, nuts, black pepper, licorice, cinnamon, lemon peel, espresso, maple syrup, nutmeg, clove, licorice, and caramel. Nice to get the family together.

Strength remains at medium.

And the cigar goes out.

The complexity is at its zenith. The harshness disappears completely. No bitterness.

The cigar is 3 years old. Maybe another couple years will really boost the impact.

Joe Cocker. “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Fucking brilliant.

Transitions kicked in about 15 minutes ago and is now a traveling carnival show. The finish is full of cream, lemon oil, spiciness, cinnamon, and cedar.

The thing about buying Cubans has a couple issues for most smokers. The first is the price. The second issue is patience. You must put them away forever and forget about them. Very hard to do unless you have Kellie’s dough. But the same thing can be said about some reviewers of Cubans. Smoking them too early is a pandemic.

Get my 2nd vampire vaccination next week. Once that’s accomplished, I feel unrestrained from going to the market and rubbing my face on all the tomatoes. Plus, I don’t wear the typical mask. I wear a tactical unit full head covering. Always gets me to the front of the line at the market. In Wisconsin, you can only carry openly if you possess a carry license. So, the terrorist head covering, and an exposed Glock makes cashier lines part like the Red Sea.

Strength is now medium/full. Plenty of black pepper. Too much spiciness that wipes out the nuances of the blend. Damn. It’s making my eyes water. Sex does the same thing…except, it emanates from me crying because Charlotte barks orders on what she wants me to do. That German accent scares the shit out of me. I always bring my blankey with me to the sex chamber.

The cigar really shines now. It is kick ass. It went from an easy-going blend to the O.K. Corral.

Some minor harshness returns but doesn’t fuck everything up.

“Respect” by Aretha. Every band I’ve played in did covers of her tunes. Always had a big smile while playing those songs. I was born a poor black child.

The finish is now full Indian. I’m smacking my lips like a hungry dog. It does not relent and puts a special finish on the blend. So toothy.

There were ups and downs with this cigar. Overall, it was a fine smoke. Just not worth the dough. Still, it was a real treat.

Harshness disappears and now I decide to nub this baby.

Thank you, Kellie. This was fun. I will drop by around 4pm. I don’t need condoms because at my age, spooge is a plunk of dust.

RATING: 91

And now for something really, really different:

It seems I’m being stalked. Started this week.

A woman who thinks she is Stewart Copeland’s musical partner and confidant found all my Curved Air stories.

She wrote 13 emails to me in a 24-hour cycle.

I only responded to her first email. After that, I realized she was unbalanced.

I am not going to call her out as I don’t need that. In fact, she will probably read this, which makes writing about it a huge mistake on my part.

This is my only reply to her:

“First, I have no idea what you want from me.

Second, you bombarded me with a bunch of statements and questions about things that happened 45 years ago.

You don’t introduce yourself.

You seem entitled in the fashion that somehow I owe you something by responding to your manifesto emails.

If you want info from me, you need to explain yourself.

I get a lot of emails and blog comments every day.

And I generally don’t feel obligated to divulge my life story to anyone that pokes their nose in.

I have no idea if you are legit. Are you writing something about the Police? You never asked if you could use my material, covered by federal copyright law.

I look forward to your response.

Phil Kohn”

This was the first of many, many emails back from her:

“Woah!!! Hold on a minute.  I had nothing but good feelings about

your site, and your content.  I thought you were a friend of

Stewart Copeland, and you share some interesting stories.

I have gone through something similar with being plagiarized

or discredited.  Please drop the PTSD and learn how to

tell the difference between a friend and an enemy.

I hope this helps to reassure you.

Your material is in the public domain.

What exactly is your problem with me

sharing your website that you have made public.

What did you expect people to do, just ignore it?

I’m not your enemy.

My iPad was all buggy and didn’t transfer my notes accurately.

But the second time was it corrected.

My innocent human error was what got you all paranoid?

I was afraid of that, but it’s not my fault.

Because Stewart had a shortened link that

I accidentally clicked on and there was a

facebook click ID malware link attached to bit.ly

So my ipad notes weren’t working that day.

And it probably looked scarier and insane

before I was able to fix it.

I’m sorry!

Please do not be alarmed.

I consider that you are an angel

For trying to get the truth out there.

You are not in trouble.

I am a community liaison.

You are more revered than despised.

Please accept my humble apology

for not kissing your ass promptly

Yours truly,

(Name redacted)

I’ve felt that way before too.

Not sure who to trust.

Relax. You’re okay.

Don’t react knee-jerk

before you know my intentions.

If you had bothered to read my post

You wouldn’t be assuming so much

and lashing out at me.

Or, would you rather I say “fuck you”?

For taking offense to your public website?

Being shared?

Don’t put things on the internet

if you are going to be an asshole

then I see why Curved Air kicked you out.

Please do not try to intimidate me.

I will forward this to Stewart. I am a clairvoyant.

The Police are being interrogated about their management

And I am a community liaison to seek truth about the bandmates

Human struggles. Thank you for your hard work and documentation.”

And it gets worse. I chose to not exceed my first response to her. It would never end.

I contacted Copeland’s manager in London. He got back to me in less than 24 hours.

This is his response:

“Hi Phillip

“I’m so sorry to hear you’re having problems with this individual. It seems like it may be the same woman who has been in touch with Stewart previously.

“Unfortunately there is very little one can do to prevent this type of harassment – as we found out when she was bothering Stewart that blocking her simply meant that she just continued her correspondence from a new profile.

“Stewart recently employed a private detective named (Name redacted), on copy here, to warn this woman against further contact. If we have reason to get in touch with her again we will be sure to warn her against harassing you as well.

“This woman’s behaviour towards Stewart was indicative of someone with serious mental health issues but only ever extended to abusive emails/social media posts. I do hope that if you continue to ignore her emails she will realise she is shouting into an empty room and give up!

All the best”

I guess I will sit back and cross my fingers that this doesn’t escalate. If I never write again, you will know what happened.



Categories: CIGAR REVIEWS

34 replies

  1. So Phil, how do you insure your Cuban’s are not fakes? I’ve ordered Cuban cigars from overseas outlets in Spain and England, PuroExpress was one such dealer, and I’m certain the cigars were not authentic…poor construction, poor taste, had a couple Cohiba’s literally crack apart when I lit them…as a result I just don’t buy them anymore, zero confidence and too expensive. I think I’d only buy them if I was in Cuba at a factory and watched them roll em!

    • I hear ya’, Skip…
      In the past, I bought my share of fake Cubans.
      But my source for them now are from a very good friend that has OCD about making sure they are the real deal.
      The fakes are now so good at presentation, I don’t think I could tell. I would need to really research any Cuban for sale.
      I did list Cigars of Habanos as they seem by everyone to be a bona fide dealer of real Cubans.
      There are lots of sites that provide a shit load of info to protect yourself.
      You need to find a Kellie.
      Phil

  2. Oh shizznit. Run uncle phil. Run!!!

  3. Out of curiosity, at what RH do you store your cigars?

    I smoke 90% Cubans (legal here in Canada, and *all* cigars are insanely expensive thanks to our 300% or so duty and taxes, depending on province. A Don Tomás Is $15, for crying out loud!) I also smoke extremely slowly. I don’t have 1% of your palate, but one thing I *am* sensitive to is overheated tobacco. Once it gets that bitter flavour, I’m out. So I smoke very slowly, light very slowly (I light with a soft flame very slowly before even clipping the head.)

    As such, I find that I can’t get a decent draw if stored at too high a humidity. Combine that with the common trend that seems to imply that Cubans prefer lower humidity, and my cabinet is from roughly 60% to 64%.

    If I smoke a Cuban that’s at 69% or even higher (the local B&M is well into the 70s, allegedly to nature up for the doors being continually opened), the cigar feels clogged, I can’t get a draw, it goes out continually, and I need to auger it out repeatedly with my PerfecDraw (I can’t thank you enough for that tip. That tool has saved hundreds of dollars.) If I want to smoke those soon, I have to dry-box for days.

    Of course, I know you know way more about the subject than I do, and obviously know a clogged cigar from an underfilled one, but I just wonder if this stick could have benefited from a lower humidity. I happen to have a box of these resting. Violated my time and had the first one at one year old, and it was definitely too young. Had another a few weeks ago, as they’re about to turn 2 and that’s my usual minimum, and they were much better.

    Now the next time I have one, I can bring up this review and try to pick up some of the flavours you get, which is what I do when smoking non-Cubans. So far, I’m 0 for a shit-ton. I wish you reviewed more Cubans, but I understand how prohibitive they are in your location.

    As far as that…er…lady, if she’s a clairvoyant as she claims, she really should have seen this coming!

    • Hi Phil,
      Winter makes controlling temp and humidity in my humidors completely bat shit crazy.
      I check twice a day (since I’m hunkered down avoiding the covid zombies) and my humidity changes from 65% to 70% with no reasonable explanation. And sometimes, I take a cigar out and a couple inches in, the wrapper begins to crack.
      I have to let some air in and smoke out in our apartment. And that bit of cold destroys my cigars right in front of me.
      My analogy is like guns…I like to shoot. Reloading is work.
      Phil

  4. Love the review Katman. I feel similarly to you regarding Cuban cigars…when they are good they are often phenomenal but the price point is high and when they aren’t great they often suck. It seems like one out of every two that I have smoked has been rolled too tightly or plugged to the point where I feel like I might cause an aneurism whilst trying to smoke the damn thing. I believe that I will invest in one of Dr. Rods magic draw tools soon now that I think about it…is there any discount if I mention that we are lovers when I make my purchase? You also touched on the other bone of contention whereby Cuban cigars normally require 2-3 years of humidor time before they are really ready to be enjoyed and that is idiotic. In my opinion they ought to be aged properly by the manufacturer before being sent to retail…it shouldn’t be the consumers task to rest the cigars for an extended period of time. My theory on this issue is that the Cuban Government is so dependent upon cigar revenue that they probably roll them, box them and fire them out the door ready or not because they need the money so badly and many cigar buyers are so enamored by the forbidden fruit that they don’t care or really know any better. In my humble cigar smoking opinion most of the best cigars being made today are coming out of Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic not Cuba but that’s just my opinion.

    • Thanks Eric,
      Every cigar lounge I’ve ever gone to sells Cubans under the counter. I have seen the boxes and they can fool me in a N.Y. minute. They have gotten so sophisticated in their fakery, I can’t tell.
      I’ve seen customers buy those Cubans and sit down and smoke them. They all love them. But working in 2020 at a couple cigar lounges showed me that most cigar smokers have no palate. It really drove home what a snob I am.
      I have some more Cubans. A couple more I want to review.
      I have tried ones with years on them and they were nothing special. Some were really good.
      It’s a crap shoot for me how I decide which cigars I choose to review; especially when I have only one each.
      I completely agree with you about the decision not to age the cigars before they are shipped. But I found the same scenario with some of the most highly rated cigars…like Padron or OpusX.
      Your best bet is to have someone who is very informed about Cubans…and mooch from them.
      Phil

  5. To Skip – You mentioned PuroExpress regarding getting Cubans and your bad experience getting fakes. So… They’re still up to their old tricks. Back in about 2010 or so, I ordered three boxes of 25 Cubans from them. My previous supplier fell off the face of the Earth (too bad because he was awesome!) and tried PuroExpress based on the recommendation from Cigar Insider (which is a Cigar Aficionado digital publication). Fake, fake, fake.

    Being a dentist and a research scientist, I have mega micro photography equipment, and I documented all of the proof that these were fakes. PuroExpress refused to take them back… so I snitched on them to Cigar Insider, and sent them the photographic proof. They got in big trouble, and soon they were kissing my butt. They had someone in Los Angeles drive an hour and a half each way to pick up the cigars from my home, and promptly refunded my money.

    And yes, Cigars of Habanos, like my brother from another mother Phil said, is indeed the real deal. They have been my go-to source now for several years.

    To PhilB – I agree with you 100% about Cubans. I primarily smoke mostly Cubans (about 95%), and always draw problems. In fact, that was the reason I created the PerfecDraw, at first just for my own use. When my cigar buds went nuts over my first hand-made PerfecDraw, they convinced me to start the company.

    I like to have my Cubans rest for a long time. Based on my personal experience, it makes a HUGE difference. But I’m an impatient guy, so I designed a 10-foot humidor and I keep tons of Cubans sitting in it. For my favorite vitolas, I have boxes of them, and constantly rotate. As soon as I kill one box, I order another. So, rotating the stock, I’m always working on a box that is 2-10 years old.

    I keep that humidor at about 62% humidity for storage. But I find that when I smoke at that low of a humidity, they smoke hot and fast for my taste. So periodically I put cigars from that large humidor into smaller hermetically sealed cases with Boveda 65% humidity packs for a few week.

    And you are correct, when you smoke most Cubans at 70% – nothing but trouble. Difficult to even keep them lit. And after about ½ – 2/3 into the smoke, they start tasting nasty.

    So I think we’re on the same page based on our own personal experiences.

    And glad to hear you’re liking my PerfecDraw.

    Rod

    • 10 foot humidor?
      Are you saying you have a 300 count humi that stands on 10 plastic feet?
      Or…it’s 10 feet long?
      10 feet high?
      I forget the question…

    • Man, it’s great to hear from you, Rod! Thanks so much for creating a fantastic tool.

      It took a while, but it’s finally distributed here in Canada (I use http://canadahumidor.ca/ , not sure where else it’s available). I’ll have to get some of your glue too. I had another great product, which may or may not be the same. I ass-u-me from your description that it is…but it’s prohibitive to get here.

      Funny enough, the component in powder form is usually acquired here in Canada (if it’s the same stuff) by most large chemical companies…but I don’t think I can get it at retail!

      As far as humidors, my Cabinet is only 6’6″ tall. I feel so inadequate!

      If anyone wants to see what it started out as, and how much work I did to make it better:

      https://photos.app.goo.gl/ABJiX7qRi2pZPFtNA

      • Holy shit.
        Hey Phil…My wooden leg is getting old and I’d like one that I can store a few cigars in.
        Can you make that for me?
        My leg is a Size L. Dimpled knees of course.

      • WHOA!! That is some suuuweet humi for sure! Great job PhilB.

        I’d show pics of mine, but I’m not as much of a computer wiz as you. We have a 10′ wide arch opening in a wall between two of our rooms, and I drew up blueprints for a humidor, which I had built by a great custom humi builder in Florida. Cool guy who died a year later from cancer.

        I had him build it raw, and I stained the outside to match the heavy wooden archway. I designed it with beveled glass on both sides and the top, in a wooden framework. The 3 long glass pieces on the top are actually doors that open upward. And lots of additional cigar storage deep inside where you can’t see.

        I had him put a thermoelectric air conditioner, also called a Peltier cooler, at one end of the unit so it could be vented to the outside of the home. I’m in So. Cal., so when I’m gone for a few days or longer, the home can get too hot.

        I have an electronic humidity sensor control panel that operates an electric humidifier with a pretty large reservoir that comes on and goes off based on humidity level. It keeps the humi at a pretty constant humidity. I installed a dozen little computer fans tucked up into the wood corners along each side where you can’t see them. These are always on, and keep the air constantly circulating to keep the humidity constant throughout. And like you, I’ve got LED lights also up in the corners along both sides where you can’t see the lights themselves. As you know, LEDs throw off very little heat.

        I think our storage capacity is similar, but you probably have a little more than mine. Great job you did on that!!

        Rod

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        This is how the top doors open. At the very end you can see a little of the air conditioner and the temperature/humidity control panel.

        Below is a more close-up pic of the air conditioner and temp/humidity control panel.


        Here is one of the dozen little computer fans tucked up under the wood in the corner to hide from view.

  6. OK. Hmm. How come you can post photos and we can’t?

    Rod

  7. So yeah Phil. I’m hung like a bull as well.

    A bull Sparrow that is. 😉

  8. Wow. Just…wow. head cases. They’re everywhere.

    Glad to be reading you more often. Hope it’s a sign of improved health! Cheers.

  9. Bitch gonna come to your house and boil a rabbit in a pot.
    -2

  10. Comrade Rodislav,
    Why aren’t you agreeing to write a cigar review for me?
    You’re not doing anyting. You’re old and decrepit.
    Pretend you are young…like in your…60’s,
    I’m sorry I had to publicly out you but I don’t know what else to do….please stop sending those old Burt Reynolds photos to me. I get it. So, I’m putting you on the spot here. Pleeeze? I’ll say the name of your company 3 times in my next 6 reviews.

    • Which is 3 times less than usual!

      That being said, a guest review sounds great.

      • Rod turned me down again. Sigh…
        He could have been a contendah…so good.
        Besides, he says his shuffleboard keeps him too busy to write.

      • Oh, come on guys! We all have our specific talents. And we all have areas where we totally suck. Here is the email response I sent to Phil:
        ——–
        Oh hell. If I were to do a cigar review, there would be only one of two comments I would make for the entire review. 1) I liked it. Or 2) It sucked. That’s it. I would be the WORST cigar reviewer in the universe. I have NO palate. I either like something or I don’t. Even if I wrote down comments as I was smoking, it would be nothing more than incomprehensible babbling.
        ——–

        When I smoke, I don’t taste all those flavors. I’ve tried. Believe me. I’ve smoked cigars that Uncle Phil recommended, and I’ve re-read his reviews as I smoked them. I sorta pretended that I tasted what he did — but it was total bullshit. I tasted tobacco.

        Besides, I have three companies to run, so virtually every time I smoke a cigar, it’s while I’m on my laptop working, so my head is preoccupied.

        BUT…. I when I have a cigar, I certainly WISH I could taste stuff like cranberry sauce over whipped cream, topped with cinnamon and brown sugar, with a finish of Honeycrisp apple skin.

        I’ll stick with the expertise of a true cigar aficionado, my Uncle Phil Katman Kohn.

        Rod

        • Dr. Rod is correct on several fronts…
          “…it would be nothing more than incomprehensible babbling.” I give you “The Truth About Teeth Whitening.”
          Second, “I have NO palate.” Yet the mad dentist (Think Steve Martin in leather) only smokes Cubans…hmmm. J’Accuse!
          He does too have a pallete, er…pallet, er…palate.
          Third, “I certainly WISH I could taste stuff like cranberry sauce over whipped cream, topped with cinnamon and brown sugar, with a finish of Honeycrisp apple skin.” I KNEW it. He doesn’t smoke Cubans…he smokes Swisher Sweets.
          Lastly, “I’ll stick with the expertise of a true cigar aficionado, my Uncle Phil Katman Kohn.” This proves he is a ‘Schattenparker Schweinehund’ (A pig dog who showers with warm water).
          man

        • OMG! You are a crazy nutbag! That’s why I love you so much! LOL.

          OK, to my point — Yes, I smoke primarily Cubans. But not just any Cubans. Only the ones I like. So, why do I like them? I don’t have a clue. I just like them.

          There — so now you have my all-encompassing Cuban cigar review.

          You forced it out of me. So am I now formally a cigar reviewer? You won.

          Rod

  11. A little background on my “palate” to help you understand:

    My wife is a spectacular cook. Amazing actually. But she and I both run our companies, putting in very long hours. So I can’t expect her to cook every night. So between lunches and dinners, we eat at restaurants probably a good 7-8 time a week.

    We’re obviously “regulars” at the five or so restaurants in our area that we frequent. We know all of the servers. When the servers come to take our orders, my wife goes through agony figuring out what she wants to order. It’s always something different on the menu.

    After my wife orders, the server always looks at me and says, “The regular?”, to which I respond, “Yep.”

    I eat the same damned thing every time at each restaurant. And you really think I would be a good cigar reviewer? YIKES!

    Rod

    • I hear ya. It’s very odd to me, because I have an amazing nose. I suspect it’s because of its gargantuan size. My wife jokes that I should have been a drug dog. I can smell stuff from way further away than most. She *loves* Kosher dills. The things make me nauseous. I can tell if she’s opened a jar of them from the two rooms away. I can smell someone rolling a joint from another floor (this is BC, we have some pungent weed!)

      I have a great palate for cooking. But for cigars? Nope. Good tobacco or bad tobacco. I liked it or not. I can detect bitter/burnt (because I hate it). Somewhat “creamy”, of course, “spicy”, “woody/leathery” (I still see those as the same.), most Maduros taste “chocolatey” or “smokey. There is also a certain “tang” to most of the Cubans I smoke which doesn’t seem to be in non-Cubans.

      I hope it’ll come with time. In the mean time, I’ll keep enjoying smoking as I seldom do. That may be another reason. I *once* detected orange liqueur in a Casa Turrent robusto, then came here weeks later (when I found this site) and sure enough, orange liqueur was in there! I’ve been trying to taste it again in the same cigar, but not so far.

      I just imagine it’ll take time. I’ve only been smoking since 2017, and only smoke a few cigars a week at most (except on vacation, then it’s one a day. I’ve perhaps had two cigars in the same day once or twice, total.) Like developing a palate for Scotch, or wine.

      In the mean time, I’ll enjoy the ride. But this site is always my go to when smoking something new, to see what Phil detected, and try to get any of it. I just wish he smoked more Cubans, as that’s mainly what I smoke! That being said, he has great reviews of my favourite non-Cubans (Mi Querida, Tabernacle, the aforementioned Casa Turrent, and a few others. Just look at the bottom shelf of my humidor in the picture!)

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