Umnum Nicaragua Bond. Our motto is quality over quantity. Being the spoiled cigar aficionados that we are, we usually don’t smoke budget cigars. It’s better to smoke less but higher quality in our opinion. But not everybody feels that way considering how many budget cigars are being sold worldwide every single year. And of course, there are budget cigars that are of high quality. And there are premium cigars that offer low quality. But on the average, budget means lower quality. The ‘you get what you pay for’ saying is often true for cigars of low value.
This Umnum comes from the same people that are behind Condega. And Condega is a budget cigar that offers quality, see our review of the Condega Serie F Maduro. The Umnum line is even more affordable. It comes in three sizes, and this Bond is the smallest. It’s made with Nicaraguan filler and wrapper. The binder comes from Indonesia. It measures 4½x44 and comes packed in bundles of 25.
Name: Umnum Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa SA
Vitola: Half Corona
Price: € 2,00 (The Netherlands)
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: double flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: one hour forty-five minutes
Purchased at Cigaragua
The cigar doesn’t have a budget look. A beautiful black ring with a golden image that reminds us of carvings in Egyptian pyramids. The quality of the ring is much more than expected from such a cheap cigar. Good, thick paper, good quality printing. And the wrapper looks good too. Dark and leathery. There aren’t a lot of veins. The construction feels good and the triple cap looks nice. The cigar has a strong smell, a mixture of dark chocolate and cocoa aromas.
The cold draw is good. It tastes like hay with low-quality cocoa. The first puffs are sour, and then some toasted flavors show up with a little sweetness. There is some pepper as well. The cigar slowly gets an old wood flavor. The sourness transforms into a fruity and citrus acidity while the pepper grows in strength. The second third starts with citrus and chocolate, leather and soil. The milk chocolate grows in strength, it is more American milk chocolate than European milk chocolate. And that is not a compliment. The pepper is still growing. The final third starts with pepper, leather, and more sweetness. There is a faint hazelnut flavor as well.
The draw is great. The ash is white. The burn had to be corrected. This is a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar. Even though it’s a small cigar, it packs a punch. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.