For the first cigar of the new year and the new decade I chose an old reliable favorite of mine an over 8 year aged - H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 "USE NOV 11".
Like always, I was smoking this awesome cigar while roasting some coffee.
The pre-lit draw was slightly firm and I know it would loosen up when I lit it.
Once it was lit my prediction was correct and the draw was perfect.
The first puffs and into the first third of the cigar was like revisiting an old friend with slightly caramel, chocolate, wood and nuts flavors. The strength was medium.
The second third picked up in a little strength and the flavors progressed into a slight nugget, wood and chocolate.
The final third maintained the same strength and the flavors got a little stronger.
As you can see I smoked it to the very nub and I would rate this cigar as a 96/97.
If this new year and decade turn out to me like this cigar I am a happy man.
I am sooo glad I have over 3 1/2 boxes left of this box code and one full box of box code "PLM MAY 11". 😍