March 26, 2013
Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$7 each
The H. Upmann Legacy 2008 is the newest release (along with the Upmann Havoc) from Altadis. This premium cigar comes in 3 vitolas: A Corona (5 ½” x 44) at $5.85, a Robusto (5” x 54) at $6.50 and a Toro (6” x 52) at $6.85. We are reviewing the Toro.
First off, this is one beautiful cigar. From it silky, coffee colored wrapper to its complimentary double banding, this stick screams for you to give it a try. And heed its call we did. We knew that we were heading towards a good experience, being that this cigar is a continuation of the heritage of the growing family of H. Upmann.
The pre-light aroma was earthy, with perhaps a touch of grassiness. A clean scent reminiscent of some of the top guns in the industry. As the foot was toasted the aroma amplified but did not overpower. I used a plug while my fellow Tollaficionado team members used a guillotine, and either way the cap cut perfectly. No cracking or peeling under the pressure. A touch from the torch and a puff or two and immediately a firm salt and pepper ash began to grow.
The oils on the wrapper allowed for a pleasant taste on the lips, and a nice sensation on the fingertips. As the cigar continued its burn to about the halfway point, the prominent notes were of wood and hay. Flavor wise, this cigar sat right on the medium bodied line, never straying from this point.
Right through from foot to cap, the H. Upmann Legacy 2008 displayed immaculate construction. A perfectly even burn, firm ash, perfect draw and a wrapper that held up to the heating stick without splitting or flaking at all made this a top shelf constructed cigar. Beyond the aesthetics, this is the perfect cigar for both Upmann fans and those who prefer their smoke to have flavor without too much bite. Its medium bodied profile is well suited for aficionados and novices alike.
With the quality and price point of this well know brand, expect to see them move from the tobacconists humidors to the customers very quickly.
Here’s Wishing You A Long Ash!
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