Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Peru
Dimensions: 6 1/8 x 52
Like almost all of the Upmanns I've had, this cigar had really good construction. It burned evenly from the first touch of the match to the end, and the draw was just right. Not too loose, not too tight, like Goldilocks' third bed. (Maybe that's the Cuban version of the story.)
The Vintage Cameroon Beli starts up a bit sharp. The spice hit me in the back of the throat and stung my nostrils just a little, but after an inch or so it started to mellow out and I was able to enjoy that classic cameroon aroma.
The wrapper on this smoke is fairly toothy, not as much as a Fuente Hemingway, but it's still a very attractive cigar. There are a few prominent veins that do not obstruct the burn in any way. It arrives encased in a cedar sheath which is handy as a spill to light the cigar.
The predominate flavor, aside from the aroma, is earth. Similar to the Toraño 1916 cameroons, but a little heavier, a little darker. Not as sweet, I'd say, and much saltier. You'll definitely want a cool drink on hand.
The ash on this puppy is solid; no surprise considering the excellent construction. The aftertaste is tannic.
All told, this is clearly an above average cigar. Maybe not the absolute best cameroon out there, but for a medium bodied cigar with faultless construction it's certainly worth a test drive.