Origin : Cuba
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 160 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 15 g
Box code : JUN 08
Price : ~$17 each
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I'm really falling in love with H. Upmann cigars lately. Magnum 46 must be my favorite corona gorda and its bigger brother, the majestic Magnum 50 is a really delicious grand/double robusto. With unbeatable looks and construction, this recently introduced smoke will definitely find its followers.
When I'm smoking this one outside, I am always catching some respectful looks. The Magnum 50 is really huge (16 cm / 6.3 in) and impressive. Furthermore, it is simply beautiful with its colorado wrapper and a stylish red double band.
These probably have the most consistent construction among all the Cubans that I've smoked for a long time. Razor-sharp burn, comfortable draw and thick, silver-white smoke.
The pre-draw only seems woody at first, but you get a powerful spicy after-taste that makes you apprehend the first puffs. Rich and powerful, they don't disappoint, bringing an overwhelming mix of cedar and black pepper that lasts about an inch before smoothening out. The tempo is irregular and entertaining. As the second third approaches, I make out coffee and chocolate flavors, smooth and creamy. The end is mostly roasted coffee and it lacks a little complexity, that's why I didn't give it a 5/5. However, the finish is plesant and totally satisfying.
Not a cheap smoke, although the price is correct for a quality Cuban.
Overall Rating :
H. Upmann Magnum 50 matched my expectations. Although the ones I smoked were quite young (JUN 08), I didn't find them 'green' at all. I will be keeping some in my humidor to see how these will improve with age.