H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Ring : 48
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Among all the 2009 limited editions, this was the cigar I was the most eager to try. Firstly, because it received the highest ratings in all the major publications. Secondly, because I am a big fan of all the Magnum series from H. Upmann - you can check out my reviews of the Magnum 46 and the Magnum 50. The new Magnum 48 is a short robusto, similar in length to the Petit Edmundo, but with a slightly smaller ring gauge.

Appearance : ★★★★½
This is a short and stout cigar, hard as rock, with a deep brown wrapper. The veins are visible because they are lighter than the wrapper. The Magnum 48 exhales an amazing sour tobacco flavor, with notes of cocoa. It sports a perfect triple cap which, when carefully removed, provides a comfortable pre-draw with some obvious black pepper.

Construction : ★★★★½
I found this cigar to be beautifully constructed with an effortless draw, a straight burn and a very firm ash. I could have used some more smoke, but this is a minor issue, if at all.

Flavor : ★★★★½
The first pulls are surprisingly tender. The spice is barely perceptible and the cedary flavors pleasantly intersect those of cocoa and chocolate.The smoke is round and slightly sweet, medium- to full-bodied. In the second third, the balance is respected despite an evident increase in power. There is still a lot of wood and the sweetness is attenuated as soon as I approach the second band - to reappear half an inch later. The finish is long and soothing, with rich flavors of earth and wood.

Value : ★★★★☆
I think that this cigar deserves a place in the humidor, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a box and see how the Magnum 48 evolves with time.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
This was an enjoyable experience and I'll make sure to have some at hand, the most difficult part will be not to smoke them all in 2009. The Magnum 48 lives up to the expectations and reaches the same levels of quality as its older and bigger cousins.

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17 Comments on “H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition”

  1. I have one resting the humidor and am looking forward to trying it.

  2. I have heard about this particular cigar!
    Most reviews agree with you.
    Thanks, Cindi

  3. Another Cuban and another cigar I can’t smoke. Thanks for taking the time of the review. it sounds like a great cigar. The US needs to get over the Cuban embargo already.

  4. Looks good, but I think the name “Magnum” is misleading given the size.

  5. @Stephen, I am sorry for the abundance of Cuban cigar reviews lately, but my humidor is currently full of Cubans I haven’t reviewed yet, there are all those limited editions and new releases that must be tried :) Please bear with me.

    @Luke, I completely agree with you – it’s just a brand name in this case..

  6. smoked a couple of these myself and had the same reaction though mine had alot of ammonia, I think these will be a great great cigar. When I have the cash I will be buying a box for sure.

  7. Another great review of a cigar I can’t have. :(

  8. I always enjoy reading reviews about the Cuban cigars. It’s like a carrot on a stick that is difficult to reach here in the USA. I do keep memos and try to find these when I travel to Mexico. Thanks for the reviews

  9. Hope one day we can pick some of these up locally.

  10. Great review and spot on….Picked up the entire Limited Edition line when I found them in Bangkok (probably overpaid…but good investment before buying box).

    What a GREAT smoke. Thoroughly enjoyed this and in my opinion outshined any of the 2008 series. Smoke it to the nub as I could not bear to put it down.

    Next on tap…the R&J Duke this weekend.

  11. @Dsanders, I think that the Mag 48 is on par with the Montecristo Sublime that I reviewed not long ago. On the other hand, I definitely enjoyed it more than the Party D5 or the Cuaba. I smoked my first Duke a few days ago, that was a fine smoke as well. I’ll be smoking another one for review soon.

  12. Nice to finally read a review of one of the 2009 LE’s .. this one might be in my cart next time I shop, sounds great!

  13. Thanks for the review!

  14. envy…..

    I’ve really enjoyed many H. Upmann – I wish I could try the Cubans…

  15. phathungarian says:

    I don’t know how many times I wrote ‘thanks for the great review’ on this forum, but probably not enough!
    I had one in my humidor for a few months but then I couldn’t resist any longer.
    I have to say I have really enjoyed this one, and to me was the best Magnum I’ve ever had, despite it’s size. It delivers a full punch and to me this is an evening cigar, for sure.
    Experience smokers will appreciate this stick most. Another Cuban masterpiece. So many great cigars, so little time, isn’t life grand!

  16. It was a new item a few months ago in a store I visit while in Poland. I like Corona Major – it was my first cuban; always consistent and a Goldilocks of cigars. The price of 48 was higher then others of similar size, so I hesitated. But it turned out to be a fantastic cigar and more than worth the money. It did surprize me and will get a box next time.

  17. I agree with the review. I just had one of the 5 I had in my Humidor since October of 2009. The name “Magnum” does it justice as I found this cigar to pack quite a punch for such a small package.

    Lots of woodsy/earthiness to it and unlike the review, I found mine had plenty of pleasing white smoke. The cigar took abiut a 1/3rd to really open up for me but when it did it sure kicked me with subtle flavour and rich tobacco taste.

    I had it go out on me just over halfway but I was rewarded the last third with a nice subtle sweetness that blended nice with the spice left over in my mouth from the first half.

    The cigar feels solid and heavy. The burn was flawless (save for the one time it went out on me) but it remained even all the way down.

    A rewarding cigar that was full bodied for sure.

    Can’t wait to smoke the remainder of my bunch. It certainly benefited from the rest in my box before smoking it.

    In my 15+ years of enjoying Cigars, this was actually my first ever Upmann. It surely will not be my last.

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