H. Upmann Magnum 50
Size: 6-3/8 x 50
Box Code: LSO JUN 08
Smoke Time: 98 minutes
This is a very nice looking cigar. It is well-constructed with no hard or soft spots, and the wrapper is very smooth and has a deep reddish-brown color. Prelight aromas were spicy and leathery with a hint of jasmine. Prelight taste was mainly cedar and black tea.
The cigar started off with some pleasant leathery and spicy flavors. They blended well together, and there was not a harsh edge or bite at all. The draw was perfect, and I got nice, thick clouds of smoke every time. As this third continued, I began to detect a slight touch of hay at the back of my palate.
The great flavor combination continued, and the spiciness became a little more pronounced. The leathery flavors still created a nice background to the cigar. The hay flavors in the back of my palate from the first third evolved into a creaminess – this really rounded out the flavor profile nicely.
The flavors intensified slightly with the spiciness concentrating a bit, and the leathery flavors becoming a bit sharper. I was able to smoke this cigar right to the nub without it heating up excessively, and without any harshness or bitterness at all.
An excellent cigar that was enjoyable to smoke. The flavor combinations and evolution were right up my alley. The nice leathery and spicy flavors were consistent throughout, and provided a nice foundation to some evolving flavors that I found at the back of my palate and in my nose. With this much character at such a young age, I will look forward to trying these with a few years on them to see how they develop!