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This one comes straight from the vault.
Legend has it that Carl and Herman Upmann, a pair of ambitious German bankers, traveled to Cuba in 1844 with the intention of creating the perfect cigar. This top-secret blend was reserved solely for their most important (read: wealthiest) clients, and was locked in a vault to keep it away from prying eyes. Unfortunately, the bank burned down in the 20s, but luckily enough for you and me, attempts have been made to reintroduce this special concoction. That’s where H. Upmann The Banker comes into play.
Swathed in a super-dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and filled to the gills with vintage long-filler leaves from Nicaragua and the Dominican, this bold treat is worth writing home about. Spicy enough to keep you on your toes without overwhelming, the blend is medium in body with a distinctly creamy texture and features solid, earthy notes. It’s the perfect choice for your favorite hedge fund manager, or for anyone who appreciates a well-made, intensely satisfying Cuban-esque premium handmade with a bit of history behind it.H. Upmann The Banker received a well-deserved 91-rating noting: "The wheaty and raisin-like aromas coming off the cold bouquet of the foot recur on the palate. The cigar also takes on cedary, herbal notes before a coffee finish."
I got a couple of these in my monthly club sampler. Excellent cigar! Lots of creamy smoke and the chewy Habano wrapper with the spicy, nutty flavor profile are very Cuban-esque. I will definitely be making space in the humidor for these beauties.
I got this lovely cigar from a local store and allowed it to sit awhile. This was a fantastically smooth. I feel it was medium strength; delicious wrapper and tasty notes of earth, cocoa, and sweet. The band was unique and the wrapper/burn was perfect. I will be smoking more of these. I would recommend these.
Absolutely beautiful smoke. I smoked the Annuity the other day, and it has instantly become in my top 5. Very consistent quality; no burn issues at all. Excellent taste, both on the palate and through the nose. I want more!
Great, love them nice and fresh, what a cigar.
The wrapper is what initially made me look at the description and I must say I am glad that it peaked my interest. The monster produced a pleasant creamy mild flavor that lasted at the CI lounge in Bethlehem for nearly 2 hours. I am upset that I only purchased one more to keep at home.
I have been a fan of the H. Upmann line since I had one almost a year ago, and the banker is by far one of the best I have had. It is strong enough so you know it's their but light enough so it doesn't feel like you just feel 50ft. I smoked this one down to a tiny little nub and was burning my fingers, it was that good.
My only complaint is the band requires a degree in neurosurgery to remove. Aside from that, this is a wonderful cigar. Anyone who likes a medium body smoke tasting spicy-sweet but not too spicy this is it. The Arbitrage will last nearly two hours smoked properly.