• Tyler J

H. Upmann Hispaniola by Jose Mendez Robusto

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

Today Matt, Tyler & Jack review The H. Upmann Hispaniola, this particular cigar features unique tobacco in the filler called andullo. What makes this tobacco unique is how its harvested, and cured. The tobacco is placed in the leaves of the Palma Real tree and is pressed. Check out https://www.laaurora.com.do/andullo-a-method-that-impart-strength-and-flavor-to-tobacco/?lang=en for more info. This is a bolder cigar than most H Upmann’s you have tried.

-Country of Orgin: Dominican Republic

-Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia

-Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

-Binder: DR (Olor)

-Filler: DR (Pilotico and Andullo) and Nica

-Size: Robusto

-LCC Price: $8.50/ Box of 20 $150.00

Matt’s Take

I really like the fresh, new direction H Upmann has taken. First with the Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez, then with the Connecticut by Groupos De Maestros, and most recently with the Hispaniola by Jose Mendez. If I'm honest, I think the first one, the Nicaragua by AJ, is still my favorite of the bunch. However, this newest edition, the Hispaniola by Jose Mendez has a lot going for it. It's pretty squarely medium in body and power. Of the few I've smoked, one was a little stingy with the smoke, the other 2 offered up a reasonable amount. The first inch or so provides a friendly nip, or spice, which opens your palate up to the very subtle flavors lurking in the background of the last three inches. I would definitely try at least one and see if it intrigues you. I think it will, especially if you haven't had H Upmann in a while.

Purchase Recommendation Sample One

Tyler’s Take

This cigar features a super oily, rugged, shiny wrapper. I pull out my hand dandy Xikar XO cutter and clip the cap and toast it with a nice $10.00 triple jet. Immediately I am hit with some earthiness, black pepper, and some coco. Without knowing much about this blend I am guessing it has some Nicaraguan tobacco in it. After looking at the blend info I see it has andullo in it. I think that is where I am getting the boldness from. This is a very smooth cigar with a little kick to it. After the first few puffs, the draw is misfiring. I need to do a double puff to get smoke out of it. After the first third, the draw issue go away and the draw has the perfect amount of resistance. The dominant flavors are still pepper, earthiness and now I have some sweetness, which is a nice change of pace. I would say it’s medium in body and strength. I can’t remember the last time I smoked a H Upmann, I am surprised by a bolder offering from H Upmann. This is normally something I wouldn’t smoke, I am glad this came up for review. I recommend buying a few of these along with some of their newer offerings.

Purchase Recommendation Try a sample

Jack’s Take

Pre light: mildly veiny smooth oily texture, easy draw. Notes of a faint barnyard taste with hints of sweetness.

First third: Notes of cedar with hints of pepper spice, long finish. Medium body.

Second third: More mild cedar notes. Pepper has faded. Straight medium body, not very complex, but enjoyable.

Final third: More cedar/woody notes. Still medium body, very straight forward. Not complex.

Purchase Recommendation Try One

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