Products of the Month | September

Products of the Month for September
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Here at Havana House, we want to share our love for cigars, pipes and whisky. To do this, we have decided to utilise our expert knowledge on the finer things and launch our very own Products of the Month.

So why not join us as we explore September’s Products of the Month? Sit back and enjoy; who knows, you might even discover a newfound favourite.

If you would like to purchase some cigars, pipe tobacco or gin, you can find our discounted products below, or browse our extensive collection of products!

 

Cigar of the Month – September: ​​H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 2

RRP: £27.99
COTM Price: £23.80

Owner: Cuba
Factory: Undisclosed
Origin: Cuba
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba
Strength: Medium
Size: Robusto (5 1/4 x 51)

Reviewed by: Ross from the Windsor shop

Carrying the factory name Bohemios, the Connoisseur No.2 is a new vitola that has never been released by Habanos S.A. before and measures 5 1/4 inches (134mm) with a 51 ring gauge. It was introduced during a virtual event in November of last year.

The Beginning

The first third of the H. Upmann Connoisseur No.2 is sweet caramel and almond flavours easily taking the top spots in the profile.

The Middle

During the second third of the H. Upmann Connoisseur No.2, there are a number of changes, including some mild notes of mineral salt and cinnamon to go alongside the caramel sweetness.

The End

The final third of the H. Upmann changes drastically with tartness coming into play, followed by secondary notes of nuttiness, cinnamon, earthiness and cedar that swirl in and out at various points until the cigar is merely a nub.

Burn

The burn was decent all the way down the cigar, no touch ups needed. There is nothing better than a Cuban cigar behaving itself and I take a deep draw for a roller who has excelled with this cigar.

Draw

Construction-wise, the draw is excellent after a straight cut and the burn is wavy but non-problematic, while the smoke production is quite thick and plentiful from the foot. The strength of the cigar starts off fairly mild and increases overall making this a medium cigar for me.

Overall

From the first puff, the H. Upmann Connoisseur No.2 displays an amazing profile full of the flavours of nuttiness and caramel sweetness, along with some nicely peppery retrohales if you’re into that sort of thing.

The general consensus you hear is that most Cuban cigars need time ageing to bring out their full potential, and while I am very interested to see how some time changes the profile, this extremely enjoyable cigar is ready to smoke now and so is our cigar of the month!

Ross Rating:  8 out of 10

Pairing Idea

I had a bottle of Malecon Rum on the go and it paired really well with this cigar.

What soft drink would I pair it with? Cherry Coca Cola!

Would I smoke this again? Yes, I would go back to this cigar, I am interested to see what aging will do to this blend. It definitely has enough about it to age well and I will smoke another this time next year.

 

Pipe Tobacco of the Month – September: ​​Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake

25g loose – £8.35

15g loose – £4.99

Contents: Virginia 
Flavouring: None
Cut: Flake
Strength: Medium 
Taste: Medium to Full 
Room Note: Pleasant

You simply cannot call yourself a pipe smoker until you have tried Samuel Gawith’s Full Virginia Flake. Chances are, once you have tried it, you will become hooked. 

This flake contains nothing but Virginia tobaccos, with their unmistakable sweet flavour, creamy richness and perfect burn. Hot-pressed, the blended Virginias take on a beautiful and distinctive dark colour and create a pipe smoker’s dream – a feeling of calm, serenity and anticipation of the next pipeful.

If you have only ever smoked aromatic blends, you are in for a pleasant surprise: pipe tobacco can be truly delicious without any extra flavouring! Full Virginia Flake delivers a pure taste, mildly tangy dark-fruit sweet and very earthy, with a touch of pepper and spice, a fair amount of wood, a little tart and tangy citrus, grass and mild floral notes. 

It burns slow, with a very consistent cool, clean flavour, it will never give you tongue bite or get harsh, and it has a pleasantly lingering aftertaste. With its medium strength, this can be an all-day smoke.

 

Whisky of the Month – September: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 2020 Release Japanese Blended Malt Whisky (70cl / 43%)

RRP: £62.50

August Price: £57.95

A new edition of Nikka’s Taketsuru Pure Malt, released in 2020! It features a new recipe, showing off the excellent balance of the Japanese whisky, alongside wafts of smoke and waves of creamy malt. The name is a reference to Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, who established Nikka all the way back in 1934!

Nose

Grassy malt, earthy vanilla, toasted coconut and BBQ pineapple.

Palate

More vanilla, subtly floral at points. Salted butter on toasted teacakes, ripe pear and peach.

Finish 

Lingering peat smoke and subtle baking spice warmth.

As you can see, each unique product offers you something special. Why not experience them for yourself while they’re at a discounted price? 

For more information and advice, you can browse through our blog, where we share insights and our knowledge of cigars, pipes, whisky and much more.

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