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#1 MaytagMan

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:05 PM

Cigar Snapshot Podcast Episode 22

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Size: 5-5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba

Vitola: Corona Gorda
Box Code: OPA ENE 10

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About:
The H. Upmann is a classic Cuban Corona Gorda that started production prior to 1960, and is still in current production. In “An Illustrated Guide to Post-Revolution Havana Cigars”, author Min Ron Nee describes the Magnum 46 as having the “Typical Upmann taste, with subtle pleasant complex flavours of every kind”. He also has the opinion that these need a minimum of 7-8 years of age to begin to reveal their full potential.

Prelight:
The cigar had a nice-looking caramel brown wrapper that was very smooth in appearance. There was a very slight chip above the band, but it would have been very easy to overlook if you weren't looking very closely. The cigar was very well packed, and I didn't find any with hard or soft spots at all.

AROMA: The prelight aroma had some light cedar and cinnamon notes, along with a healthy dose of saltiness and barnyard.

TASTE: The prelight taste reminded me of dried fruit, especially raisins, and there was a pleasant allspice-like component as well. The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance.

1/3:
Upon lighting, the cigar immediately developed two separate flavor layers. The background had a very understated yet complex smooth creamy character with some leather and tannin-like qualities as well. At the forefront, there was a slight touch of pepper at the tip of my tongue that was very subtle. There was a slight bitter edge to the flavor profile as well - not a bad bitter - more like the bitter flavor one gets from a food product. The retrohale reminded me of green peppercorns.

The ash was a little flaky and a very dark grey on the outside. The core of the ash was very light gray to white in color.

2/3:
In the second third, the creamy background started to fall away, and at the same time a slight grassiness emerged in the retrohale. The bitterness started to evolve into a mushroom-like earthiness, and the leathery flavors remained. The ash continued to be slightly flaky, and the burn was razor sharp.

3/3:
The flavor profile from the second third continued and intensified in the final third. The mushroom-like earthiness became a little deeper in character, and an almost moss-like quality just started to make its way into the back of my palate. At the same time, the leathery flavors started to taste more like wet leather. I was able to smoke this cigar down to the last half inch before it stated to heat up to the point where I had to put it down.

Overall:
Overall, I can't help but think that this cigar was a victim of its own youth. Though the individual flavors were diverse and interesting, they ultimately failed to come together as one unified and evolving flavor profile. I think that another 2-3 years of age would do wonders for the cigar, and I am basing this prediction both on the flavors presented in this sample, and my experience smoking several Magnum 46s with 5-ish years of age on them. These can be quite sublime.


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Edited by MaytagMan, 12 March 2012 - 12:56 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

One of my favorite cigars. I don't think I've ever had a bad one, or even one that needed substantially "more" aging. Heck, the 2009's I'm smoking now seem perfect to my tastes.

Edited by looking for knowledge, 25 January 2012 - 10:49 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:47 AM

I still haven't tried this one, but I have a box from 2008 sitting in the cooler. Just waiting for the right time to brake one out.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:37 AM

I have a cab of these from '09 I believe. I visit it every few months; seems to be better every time. A really great cigar, to be sure.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:47 PM

I enjoy them, but still will reach for a Sir Winston 1st when looking at smoking an Upmann.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:53 PM

I really wanted to snag a box of these at Duty Free, but I'm sure the price was stupid inflated. One of the few CC I've enjoyed and will find again.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:37 PM

MaytagMan - I agree with you. I smoked a few and was left with almost the same impression. The ones that I have are young and need some age. I will revist them again though.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

By far my favorite Cuban. I've never had a bad one. My supply is getting low on these, must find some more.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:44 PM

A good cigar, indeed. :)

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:36 AM

I had my first mag 46 tonight and WOW it was amazing. It may have had a slightly tight draw at first but that seemed to go away fairly quickly. I am predicting a box(s) coming in my near future...

Highly recommended.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

One of my favorites, well done on the review. I have found that these hit and miss in my experience, but when they are on....they are on.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

edited, nevermind I googled it

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

I finally smoked one and it was beautiful, I can see this becoming one of my favorite smokes.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:11 AM

Looks and sounds like a great smoke rp

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:25 PM

Cracked open a 50 cab from '08 this morning, and I have to agree. This is a special cigar.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:16 PM

These are on my to-buy-list. They'll be my first corona gordas.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:46 PM

MaytagMan - I agree with you. I smoked a few and was left with almost the same impression. The ones that I have are young and need some age. I will revist them again though.


Same experience here. I had 2-3 right off the truck and didn't think they were anything special, kinda forgot about them.
I started revisiting them at the beginning of this year about every month or so and it keeps getting better.

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