BLIND TASTING CIGAR NUMBER 1 REVEAL 2019


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9 hours ago, MD Puffer said:

Ding.  Got it.  I don't have much hope for some of the others though...

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7 hours ago, Islandboy said:

The funny thing is, not only am I a fanboy of the vitola, but the HU 2 is my favorite. Smoking through a box of BRE Mar 18 now, with another marinating. Based on what I tasted, HU 2 would have been my last pick. I got none of that familiar earthy, baking spices and sweet taste. I’m totally second-guessing my taste buds now. The next 4 are gonna be a crapshoot. 

Don't second guess yourself mate. Some in the community believe "Marca DNA" is a myth. On empirical evidence alone, I'm starting to become a believer.

Now I don't know how the factories work and I've never been to Cuba. However, knowing that individual factories roll for several Marcas and hearing the stories about 'Cuba being Cuba'; is it really possible that they have the supply chain logistics in place today to say "you're rolling Upmann No. 2s today. Here's X leaves of volado from this farm, and y leaves of seco from this farm, and... And they must taste like all the ones Juan made last week/month/year and they must taste like the ones Ernesto is making two rows behind you"???

Sounds like piffle to me. 

Anyway, I was torn between Party P2 and Dip2, only because I had a hint of green bell pepper and I've read on here that that is a characteristic of a P2. But, more than that it tasted like my box of Diplomaticos No. 2 from 2015. So that's what I went for. Stupidly, because that isn't an indicator of what it is. 

All I can say is that it was a bloody good cigar and I have many more just like it...in a yellow box labelled Diplomaticos No. 2. 

...and there will be many more like it in boxes of P2 and VR Unicos all over the world. There will also be many *unlike* it in many boxes of H.Upmann No. 2 across the world as well as many like it. 

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This cigar did not have the DNA of H. Upmann, but the woody-spicy (gingerbread spicy, not peppery) profile is suitable for HUp and Diplo.

As a control cigar I smoked later HUp Magnum 46 ABO Jul 17 and Diplo no.2 LGR Sep 18.

I must confess that I have never smoked HUp no.2 previously

 

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I am almost done with a box of hu2, and that would have been my last choice for this cigar. At least #1 had flavors to choose from. #2 for me was probably the least flavorful smoke I've ever had.

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My initial guess was the HU2 but it moved into pepper and spice which shifted my guess to the P2. I smoked an HU 2 immediately after I smoked the blind cigar and they were so different I landed on the P2. ?

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Shocked, just shocked. It was a P2 all the way for me. :o

 

On 10/1/2019 at 8:37 PM, tigger said:

 

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I've smoked a number of boxes of HU No.2  over my lifetime. It's a cigar I really enjoy.

I really enjoyed this one too...but it tasted nothing like an HU No. 2 to me. It was all sourdough/sour cream and savory spice.

C'est la guerre...

Congrats to those who got it right!

Me too! I'm floored.

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Wow I tasted NO H upman flavors in this one...was way too bitter for the HU's I have had in the past.

I was convinced it was a dip 2 but then that bitterness came in which was clearly not dip.

Oh well! I still had a lot of fun trying!

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15 hours ago, RDB said:

Exactly what I tasted. With some vegetal sweetness, but not bakery sweetness and no nuttiness that I could see. Body was only under to medium, which threw me a bit, but I thought it might have a bit of age.

Same here. My guess was partagas. My old man who also smoked one and who was coincidently working his way through a box of h upman at the time said it was a h upman and then changed his mind.

It didnt taste anything like a h upman to me. More cream and bell pepper or paprika. My guess was partagas and I still stand by that guess!

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Woot Woot, 1-1!   Will most likely be the only one I get right.  For me, it reminded me of a box of HUPC I finished off earlier in the year.  

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On 9/30/2019 at 10:45 PM, Tstew75 said:

Worst HUP I've had in a long time ?

This

I got ZERO Upmann DNA from it. I was PSP2 all the way. Haven't had a HU2 in a while but they've always been similar to HUPC in blend to me and I got nothing like that. No toasted tobacco, no shortbread. Didn't even get that Mag 46 leather & licorice. 

I smoke more Connie 1s than anything else in the last 18 months and while I know they're different I just got zero HU DNA out of it. In fact I ruled out HU2 early and it was really between PSP2 and Dip 2 for me, and it didn't have that bready Dip character but it did have some bell pepper, paprika and spice--that's PSP2 to me. 

I won't be buying any HU2s, that's for sure. 

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1 hour ago, NSXCIGAR said:

This

I got ZERO Upmann DNA from it. I was PSP2 all the way. Haven't had a HU2 in a while but they've always been similar to HUPC in blend to me and I got nothing like that. No toasted tobacco, no shortbread. Didn't even get that Mag 46 leather & licorice. 

I smoke more Connie 1s than anything else in the last 18 months and while I know they're different I just got zero HU DNA out of it. In fact I ruled out HU2 early and it was really between PSP2 and Dip 2 for me, and it didn't have that bready Dip character but it did have some bell pepper, paprika and spice--that's PSP2 to me. 

I won't be buying any HU2s, that's for sure. 

I wholeheartedly agree. I'm smoking a fantastic HU#2 right now and it's a totally different animal from the mystery cigar #1 which was undoubtedly a P2. 

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Cuban flavor profiles strikes again! -LOL

Well, I guessed right. I took the number of people who gave a guess, then the numbers that got it right and bingo... 20%

I had as good of chance at nailing it as an Upmann and I did not ever try one.

 

Lisa dear, can I guess next time around? I have as gooda chance as the rest of them... ! -LOL The contest needs placebo comparison group.

-Piggy

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I'm actually curious to know @El Presidente's thought process behind picking this cigar. Was there a discovery that this box code of upmann 2s taste much like the p2s? 

Because i noticed or PSP upmann 2s are usually advertised as having a reddish rosado wrapper but my #1 was definitely not that shade!

Or maybe that could be revealed after the entire competition is over in order not to compromise the other 4 sticks?

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well, i suppose i'll go against the grain here and say it tasted exactly like an upmann to me, and they're definitely not my favorite. it was a good cigar, but with the exception of the connie #1, the upmann profile doesn't do much for me.

that said, i am no expert and do not expect to score well in the competition.

-dobbs

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just re read the rules and realized I needed to use my $25 voucher already.... Is that correct? Am I too late to claim my discount? 

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