H. Upmann The Banker – Cigar Review

The Banker Cigar 2
The H. Upmann The Banker is a cigar created to be reminiscent of old style cigars and the blend is one that was originally lost in the 20’s and has been rediscovered.  This cigar is very tightly rolled and has a somewhat difficult draw after cutting.  Once lit up, the flavors are cedar, spice, and a lot of acidity.  The acidity is dominating, and not pleasant.  There is a faint sweetness and hints of other pleasant flavors in the next two thirds, but that acidity drowns any pleasant flavors out.  Overall, this is one of the worst cigars we’ve ever reviewed.  Additionally, it is a little on the expensive side.  We strongly recommend you pass on this cigar, even though the fancy bands and boxes look inviting.
The Banker Cigar 1
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 10/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 3/10
Would I buy a Box: 0/5
Total: 28/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 10/20
Construction: 9/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 3/10
Would I buy a Box: 0/5
Total: 27/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 10/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 1/10
Would I buy a Box: 0/5
Total: 26/50

The Banker Cigar 3
7:30 PM
IamDarren: this thing is rolled Tight! super firm and a firm draw as well
7:31 PM
IamDarren: getting a light cedar and spice note from the cold draw
7:33 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine is rolled real tight too, but has a real nice draw after cutting. It has a nice looking wrapper leaf with a bunch of tiny veins, but no big ones. Smells like cedar to me.
7:35 PM
Terry1: Wow, H Upmann really wrapped this cigar up. Mine has a decent draw, a tad on the tight side. I get the cedar and a mustiness on the cold draw.
7:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: Let’s lighter!
7:36 PM
IamDarren: bring on the flaminator
7:38 PM
IamDarren: cigar is starting off very acidic. Cedar spice and acid
7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: Real mild start. Getting a savory leather flavor right now.
7:39 PM
IamDarren: a hint of sweetness now that the wrapper has burned back a bit
7:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: Huh, that acidity has crept into mine too. It’s in the finish and really lingers. Not good.
7:43 PM
Terry1: I’m not liking the first few puffs much. I’ve got that acidity. I can tell there are some other decent notes, sweetness, pepper, but for the moment the bitterness is overwhelming my palate. Seems like it needs more time aging. I hope it gets better.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: i had the exact same issue with my other stick. i agree there are some other decent notes in there. Im detecting a buttery note and the finish is picking up a toasty flavor. But that spice and acitidy really overpowers everything else
7:46 PM
IamDarren: i am having a bit of luck letting it rest longer between puffs
7:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: WTH? Did they not smoke these before releasing them? This is a downright awful start.
7:49 PM
IamDarren: Lol, agreed
7:49 PM
IamDarren: glad i brought out a soda, really need a good palate cleanser between puffs
7:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: Maybe this just what they think of people in the financial industry… queue Terry’s comment
7:50 PM
Terry1: It does taste like a federal audit.
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: Lol!
7:51 PM
IamDarren: haha, i think mine is slowly improving. Just dropped the first ash
7:52 PM
IamDarren: sweetness is almost to match the acidity and create a decent flavor
7:52 PM
IamDarren: kinda like some sort of citrus
7:53 PM
Terry1: I’m about an inch in and the bitterness is easing up. Draw has opened up and I’m getting plenty of smoke. There’s a mild sweetness, an oak barrel note and some pepper in the sinus. Burn has been great so far.
7:54 PM
StraightUpCigars: This thing burns REALLY hot. I can feel the heat by holding the cigar in the middle. The tight roll has to atleast be a factor, either way I think that may be where some of that bitter acidity is coming from.
7:57 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree, it’s letting up now. Thank goodness. That rich leathery flavor from the first couple of puffs is back.
8:02 PM
Terry1: A little more sweetness now. Getting some of that leather you mentioned. Pepper not as strong. Is it just me or is this cigar already giving a nicotine kick?
8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars: I can feel it coming on a bit.
8:04 PM
Terry1: I usually don’t feel it until the final third. I’m about half way. If it keeps getting stronger I’m not going to make it.
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: Acidity is still in the finish, but it sure has gotten a lot better.
8:07 PM
Terry1: I’m noticing a strange note. I think it was the oak I mentioned earlier but it’s got a floral spin to it now and maybe some liqorice. Trying to decide if I like it or not.
8:11 PM
StraightUpCigars: It’s just so hard to distinguish any flavors when that acidity drowns them out so quickly.
8:13 PM
Terry1: Yeah, I think they released this cigar too early or something. Unfortunately you only get one first impression and if this is it, this cigar will be in the clearance bin soon.
8:15 PM
StraightUpCigars: I think you’re right. I’d like to blame it on age like Darren mentioned, but we’ve had these sitting in the review box for a long time now if I’m not mistaken. It’s not like we lit them up immediately.
8:18 PM
Terry1: I agree. I think we gave these plenty of time. Burn however has been great on mine. So if this cigar has a “green” leaf in it that’s causing the bitterness it’s not affecting the burn like I would expect.
8:20 PM
IamDarren: sorry i had to take a phone call, mine has mellowed out a little but that acidity is still lingering on the finish.
8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars: I agree, Terry, my burn is perfect too, just has a flaky ash.
8:21 PM
IamDarren: my honest opinion is that the tobacco in this cigar was not properly fermented. That process removes all the starch in the leaves and converts it into sugar.
8:27 PM
IamDarren: im approaching the last third and its finally got some decent flavors. Getting some type of fruity sweetness which fades to spice and some type of toasty note on the finish.
8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: WTF is going on? These other reviews of this one are decent, and I know they got the same sample sticks we were sent at the same time. Customer reviews online are ok. Are we living in an alternate universe?
8:29 PM
Terry1: I don’t get it either. All three of us are experiencing the same thing. Mine is getting better like Darren’s but it’s been a long road to get to this point. Nicotine is getting stronger.
8:32 PM
StraightUpCigars: This guy’s review is funny, gets wild at the end http://kohnhed.com/2014/07/22/h-upmann-the-banker-cigar-review/
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8:37 PM
IamDarren: thats interesting that his was very lightly packed and spongy and ours is tight and hard. Might be some issues with the rollers not getting them consistent.
8:39 PM
Terry1: Go Katman! That was funny and honest. I agree with him about putting this cigar down a lot sooner but continue on because we are reviewing it. Maybe I’ll try the Led Zepplin to improve my mood.
8:39 PM
StraightUpCigars: I picked up on that too, very strange. This sums it up, though. “Finally, it’s over.
If you buy H. Upmann The Banker, I will come to your house and make you lick my face.”
8:42 PM
IamDarren: lol, its just on the verge of being unpleasant enough to put it down but i get some decent flavors from time to time
8:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: Same here, it’s not good at all, but it’s a cigar… I guess.
8:43 PM
Terry1: I’m not getting the acidity like I was but it still coats my tongue on the finish. Still has a hint of sweetness but it quickly fades. My head is swimming now from the nicotine. Not worth it for these flavors.
8:45 PM
IamDarren: agreed
8:46 PM
StraightUpCigars: I’m with ya. I’m fine with calling it at this point. Any takers??
8:46 PM
IamDarren: i can rate anytime, the last couple inches is not going to affect my rating
8:47 PM
StraightUpCigars: Here they come… perfect 50/50!
8:48 PM
Terry1: I’m done.
8:50 PM
StraightUpCigars: One of the all time worst cigars we’ve ever reviewed, I can only think of one that’s worse. First third wasn’t even smokable due to the acidity, second and final third were barely better. Just a downright ripoff.
8:51 PM
IamDarren: well, at least we all had the same experience. Kinda disproves the dud idea
8:52 PM
Terry1: These are $7 a stick by the box. I’d have a hard time paying $2 a stick. Agree with one of the worst sticks we’ve reviewed. Stay away from this one.
8:53 PM
IamDarren: Since there are some positive reviews out there i could understand if they just put out a bad batch. Maybe something happened to some of the bales that were fermented


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