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Stogie Reviews: H. Upmann Super Fuerte Robusto

26 Jul 2007

Finding myself blessed with several days of unseasonably pleasant evenings, I’ve been smoking more cigars on the deck than usual this time of year. More often, the heat forces me to visit a cigar shop if I want to smoke. Being able to smoke at home has allowed me to try some I’ve accumulated over the past few months.

H. Upmann Super Fuerte RobustoThis H. Upmann Super Fuerte Robusto was one of a seven-stick special I bought in May from JR for $19.75, including shipping. The Super Fuerte line – which was created in 2005 – is the result of JR head Lew Rothman working with Tabacalera de Garcia cigar factory manager Jose Seijas to create a stronger Upmann. Boxes of 20 can be purchased for $95 from JR, but a few other online retailers seem to carry it for less.

The maduro wrapper, a Connecticut broadleaf, is nearly as dark as coffee and oily to the eye and to the touch. Pre-light, the aroma from a blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican fillers is warm and earthy at the foot. The binder is Ecuadorian Sumatra.

All in all, a beautiful five inch by 55 ring gauge cigar.

Lately, I have been taking more time lighting, working to get an even, full glow without having to puff while holding the foot above the flame. It was easy with this cigar. And as the ash grew, it showed the waving pattern of the filler leaves. Not that all that has much to do with the taste, but, as reader Mac and Nudo reminded us recently, aesthetics are important.

The Super Fuerte, to my taste, was not nearly as strong as its name implies. I found it more in the mild to medium range. It is also not an overly complex cigar. Though I picked up a little spice, a little cocoa, and some woody notes along the way, the predominant taste was warm, pleasant tobacco.

This cigar seems like a natural to accompany an afternoon cup of coffee or following a light meal. For that it earns a rating of three and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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George E


4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: H. Upmann Super Fuerte Robusto”

  1. Don Carlos Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:08 am #

    Nice review, George. If you go into this cigar expecting full flavor — as it's marketed — you're going to be disappointed. But Super Fuertes are excellent mild- to medium-bodied smokes that I've really taken a liking to.

  2. Mac and Nudo Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:09 am #

    Wow, a shout-out from George! That just made my week…

  3. Frankie Fatch Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    I just smoked one of these and found it to be very enjoyable. It is definitely a Mild to Medium smoke and I also noted very creamy notes. I fully agree with the rating but, to my personal taste, would even weigh towards 4 stogies as I enjoy a creamy mild to medium smoke. I would definitely buy and smoke another of these. By the way this was part of a 10 cigar Dominican sampler from J&R for $29.95.

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