June 20, 2012
Origin : Cuba
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Release : 2009
Price : ~$12 each
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.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
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.
Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
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.
Flavor : [rating:4/5]
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.
Value : [rating:3/5]
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 : [rating:4/5]
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.
June 11, 2015
its definitely a 2nd or late evening cigars of the day , it lovely ,sexy cigar
i agree on strong nicotine building up starts from the half of the cigar , i have bought my 2nd box after trying some of the first one its worth to have them
October 2, 2014
just finished the last stick from my first box. they r now 5 years and realy good. lachoris,dark chocolate,sweet on lips. hay-barn, bitter, caramel. yea many exiting tastes all way in to nub. My other box i will keep for another 2 years more before open.
Purchased from COH.
February 7, 2014
Purchased a box from cigarsofhabano.com and was ‘wowed’ by the first cigar. Nicely packed, excellent draw, even burn. Rich and satisfying aroma and flavors that were just perfect. 2nd, 3rd and 4th cigars have been total duds. Loosely packed, draw was loose and provided a dirty earth flavor. Not buying a back up box of these.
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June 20, 2012
Ahh that makes sense. Definitely makes for a great picture!
I was changing the line on my rod when I smoked it and I figured why not use it. They are great
Haha whats the deal with the fishing line wrapped around it in the last picture? I wish I had a place to get Cubans I’m always interested in them and most of them seem like great cigars.
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