Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Release : 2009
Price : ~$12 each
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H. Upmann Magnum 48 was part of the 2009 Edicion Limitada series released every year by Habanos S.A. I had smoked one of these about a year ago and it kind of stuck to me. You know when you have a cigar that stays in your head for a while. Well, that was one of those. I only had two of these so I waited another year to smoke it. Now it’s time to turn this one into another special moment.
This is a gorgeous cigar. It has a dark, oily and soft wrapper. The wrapper seems to have some kind of goose bumps on it. This is a sexy stick.
It boasts the characteristics of a great Cuban puro. It has a firm touch, an expertly made triple cap and a full and tight foot. Top shelf build.
The draw is easier than I would have liked but still good.
At cold I am greeted with some crisp tobacco flavours which are very pleasant.
Right away I have some chocolate flavours with some cream: milk chocolate, not cocoa. It is sitting solidly at medium body. It is right on the money for me. It is showing some spices in the nose but very lightly. The finish is lingering and a little bitter but good nevertheless. This is a very nice first third.
I can feel the nicotine building up in this one. This cigar is pretty consistent but it is showing long highlights of hay, cream and some overripe black cherry. They come and go slowly. These highlights are keeping me quite focused. The burn is straight and paced. There is no need to relight or touch up this one. The finish is getting longer as I smoke it.
This is much stronger than I remembered. I don't think I would pick this as a first cigar of the day. It is pumping nicotine and the body is medium-medium full. The milk chocolate is gone and now I have some nice tobacco flavours mixed with some cooking spices, like the French provençale mix you buy in fine spices stores. This is original but I can't nub this one. It is giving me too much nicotine at this point.
This is a good box to have in the humidor and pick one from time to time. It has an inflated price because of the second band but I think it is up there with the worthy Edicion Limitadas.
Overall Rating :
Overall the Magnum 48 is a good to great cigar. I would recommend to smoke it in the evening or as a second cigar but this will definitely hit the spot. It has classic flavours to it even after only a few years of age and I can see this one aging pretty well. I think I will bury a box myself.