H. Upmann Magnum 46

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1 review for H. Upmann Magnum 46

  1. Joe K

    H. Upmann Magnum 46

    Origin : CubaH. Upmann
    Format : Corona Gorda
    Size : 5.625 x 46
    Weight : 11.41 g
    Price : ~$10 each

    Who has not heard of Cuban cigars? Long touted as producing the pinnacle in quality cigars, that small island has made quite a name for itself. Determined to see if they could live up to the hype, I set out on trying one of the most consistently enjoyed sticks available, the H. Upmann Magnum 46.

    On sight this stick is very attractive. Its gorgeous cocoa colored wrapper has an evenly oiled sheen. The ruggedness is brought out by a consistent amount of veins although none of them are overly imposing. A slight wrinkled appearance gives the wrapper some character but does not detract from the overall look or construction. Beautifully complimented by the simple red and gold embossed band it is very striking.

    Cleanly cutting through the cigar’s triple cap releases prelight flavors of a slight sweetness with mild pepper tone. Upon lighting this gives way to butter and spice. Earth notes join the party with a subtle mint undertone. As the cigar fades into an almost nutty flavor I cannot help but admire the construction. A razor burn and excellent draw leave behind a wake of solid gray ash. Although it is a bit dry of a smoke, the consistently changing flavors are able to be brought out by drinking some quality H2O every once in a while.

    Moving into the second third unleashes a spice burst for a while but fades back into nuttiness. Mild hints of ginger linger after this change, which continues into the half way mark. At about the halfway point the ash comes off for the first time. The spiciness takes charge again and overcomes most other flavors. After a short while it subsides just enough to let a mild sweetness, perhaps vanilla, show itself. Despite the sweetness this cigar does finish out its course with a healthy amount of spice, which was not the most enjoyable aspect of this smoke.

    Solid construction and an outstanding appearance make the cigar easy to look but the flavor is what knocks you away. Typically I gravitate towards cigars with complex flavors that maintain a solid baseline and this stick fits that bill to a “T”. The spice serves to tie the entire smoke together while the nuttiness, earth, ginger and vanilla add excitement. Although I have had other non-Cuban cigars that surpass this, the H. Upmann Magnum 46 is truly an amazing experience. Throughout this entire cigar I kept reveling in the fact that I have four more of these waiting in my humidor to try in future years.

    Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
    Construction : [rating:4/5]
    Flavor : [rating:4/5]
    Value : [rating:4.5/5]
    Overall Rating : [rating:4.25/5] (4.25)

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    • lposse1

      This cigar was one of my first Cubans. A great value smoke. Salty and musty like many Upmanns. I always enjoy a good 46

    • JediSavant

      I smoked one last night at my local divan, and while consistency in construction was solid for the first 2/3rds, the final 1/3rd let the cigar down with a couple of touch-ups required. I agree with the flavour profiles, but the more-than-firm draw also served to detract. Perhaps it’ll be something to come back to in a few months. In the meantime, it’s back to Bolivar Royal Coronas and Partagas D4’s.

    • John Wall

      this cigar is exquisite, the creamy mellow taste accentuates the hint of vanilla.

    • Scott

      “Just think, these have actually declined in recent years. They must have been unbelievable back about 5 years or so.”

      True they did go through a period of decline for a few years. However starting with the 2008 vintage they have been spectacular and an outstanding value.

    • Lee

      I smoked my 1st Magnum 46 two nights ago. It had an incredibly creamy taste, however it also had an incredibly firm draw for the 1 half of the stick, and produced very little smoke.

      I did only let it rest about 2 days after it spent 4-5 days in airmail. I’ll let the rest sit for a while before I try another stick.

    • Joe K

      Eren if I ever get my hands on a 50 I will be sure to drop a blurb on the site.

    • eren

      I’d love to hear the differences of magnum 46 and 50 in your point of views. I know 50 is called to be bigger brother of 46, its just a perception thats telling me 46 is more tasty. what you think?

    • Jmorena

      Best gorda out there, no doubt. Lovin my 07s!

    • Joe K

      Well now I am just going to have to go out and see if anyone has any more willpower than myself ehibbert!

    • ehibbert

      Just think, these have actually declined in recent years. They must have been unbelievable back about 5 years or so.

    • tobacmon

      I think your the first that I have read that like me pick up a hint of vanilla-This makes the spice & nutty flavors pop and a really nice mellow cigar–Very good smokes!

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 5 5/8
Ring Gauge 46
Vitola Coronas Gorda
Construction Hand Made