Note: I'm still trying to figure out how to import photos.
This is my first review here on the Tiki Bar. I've been a follower of the blog since its inception and have even posted comments, so I'm excited to be able to share my thoughts and observations on a regular basis. Thank you Dave and Keith for the opportunity of joining the Tiki Bar family. Now on to our featured cigar.
The H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon is a Dominican made cigar with a Nicaraguan binder and filler from the DR, Nicaragua, and Peru. The company's website says the taste harkens back to a time when all H. Upmann blends had Cameroon wrappers.
All but one of the samples I smoked were purchased at Islands Cigar Lounge in Brea,CA.
The cigars come in cedar sleeves and have very nice red and gold bands. Upon removing the bands and sleeve, I put my nose to the wrapper and got notes of cedar, and natural tobacco sweetness from the foot. Once lit, there were notes of roasted nuts, cedar and spice. These flavors continued though out the first two thirds. The draw was near perfect, the burn line straight, and the ash was as firm as the ads claim. The cigar's strength profile was medium up to this point.
By the last third, the spice took a back seat allowing the nuttiness and sweetness to shine through. I also detected a leather note as well.
The 1844 Cameroon is a very nice cigar to have as your first smoke of the day along with your morning coffee. It has enough complexity to keep things interesting without being too heavy. This cigar is approachable to all but the newest of smokers and with an $8.99 price point, your wallet can approach it too!