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My Weekend Cigar Review: H. Upmann Banker Daytrader


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Inspired by the modern world of investment banking, H. Upmann’s Daytrader cigars are a spinoff of the H. Upmann The Banker line. The company even scheduled the three vitola selection to arrive in retail cigar stores on Income Tax Day, April 15th, 2023, as a “new money release.”

According to Sr. Marketing Director, Jennifer True, the introduction of Daytrader is part of H. Upmann’s plan to “expand The Banker line with small productions of specialty cigars” blended by the renowned Grupo De Maestros working from Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic.

H. Upmann The Banker Daytrader cigars are handcrafted in three sizes: 6 x 54 Toro, 6 x 60 Whale, and 4½ x 54 Robusto and are presented in attractive green boxes of 10 cigars.

“While the world of finance may have changed over time, there’s something that has always remained consistent for H. Upmann,” added Jennifer, “The certainty that being true to innovation means being true to the brand’s DNA.”

Cigar Details:

Factory: Tabacalera de Garcia - Santiago, Dominican Republic

Size: 4½” x 54

Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

Presented in boxes of 10

H. Upmann Banker Daytrader Robusto Cigar Review

This “Robusto,” which is closer to a Rothschild in appearance, is firmly rolled with a very silky Sumatra wrapper. It was practically free of veins and even in color. The triple seam cap was also perfectly round at the head. Using a double blade cutter, the draw was very good and offered a tart, leathery, and salty taste. However, once lit, there was a hint of chocolate out of the gate. When the cigar finally settled-in, the smoke was smooth, medium in body, and emitted dense ambient smoke. For the better part of the first inch or so, the cigar issued earthy notes mixed with nuts, leather, and a little saltiness complemented by a tangy sweetness.

By the Robusto’s midsection, it was burning well and remained smooth on the palate. Generally speaking, the cigar was tangy and refreshing. There’s a sweet element in the mix, too, but the flavor profile at midway was pretty much locked-in. Also impressive was how slowly this Robusto was smoking. This is not your average short smoke.

Burning away from the proverbial “sweet spot” some additional earth and nut flavors arrived. The smoke remained well balanced and I was beginning to think that there’s something to be said for the 54 gauge ring.

By the last lap, the cigar was medium-plus in body and even earthier. The sweetness was gone, too, and as the burn crept down to about 1½ inches, that was all she wrote for me.

Was H. Upmann Banker Daytrader Weekend Worthy?

Definitely. The first thing that comes to my mind for this H. Upmann Banker Daytrader Robusto is someone smoking it on their patio lounger with a good whiskey and The Wall Street Journal. I can also see it as a good golf cigar and a pleasant pick for other familiar cigar smoking locales. Well-made and consistent throughout, this Daytrader was a solid smoke, not to mention that it also comes from one of the industry’s top blending teams, the Grupo de Maestros . You might even be able to tell that they worked with some very well-groomed tobaccos for Daytrader. I think there’s something to be said for rolling it to a 54 ring, too.

Based on my two Robustos, the Daytrader’s medium body, smoothness, and earthy flavor profile make it approachable to a wide audience. It’s also nice to compare the H. Upmanns by the Grupo de Maestros to the H. Upmann by A.J. Fernandez cigars.

Please Note: Gary’s review was based on two samples and that your experience may vary. If you’ve already had an experience with this cigar please share your thoughts and connect with us on your favorite social platform! Facebook Instagram X