H. Upmann Magnum 46

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  1. MaytagMan

    MaytagMan New Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    Salida, CA
    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


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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, 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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  2. 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.
  3. Pipe Smoker

    Pipe Smoker Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    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.
  4. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Proud Father of a brave U.S. Marine

    Jan 31, 2005
    Vancouver, WA
    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.
  5. Backslide

    Backslide RASCClicious

    Dec 15, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    I enjoy them, but still will reach for a Sir Winston 1st when looking at smoking an Upmann.
  6. JHolmes763

    JHolmes763 Drinkin' the koolaid

    Oct 12, 2006
    Michigan (Thumb)
    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.
  7. Light this!

    Light this! Licensed to Kill

    Nov 27, 2011
    Live Free or Die
    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.
  8. jkoj

    jkoj Member

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

    BobbyRitz You're Fired, Daddy.

    Nov 3, 2006
    A good cigar, indeed. :)
  10. AndrewB

    AndrewB New Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    Seattle, Wa
    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.
  11. Brickhouse

    Brickhouse J.C. Newman owes me royalties.

    Apr 12, 2006
    Chatham, IL
    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.
  12. CBoukal

    CBoukal Long time Newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    edited, nevermind I googled it
  13. Pipe Smoker

    Pipe Smoker Member

    Apr 16, 2011
    I finally smoked one and it was beautiful, I can see this becoming one of my favorite smokes.
  14. Petthefish

    Petthefish New Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Portland, Or
    Looks and sounds like a great smoke rp
  15. investandprosper

    investandprosper Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Cracked open a 50 cab from '08 this morning, and I have to agree. This is a special cigar.
  16. nikesupremedunk

    nikesupremedunk New Member

    May 26, 2012
    These are on my to-buy-list. They'll be my first corona gordas.
  17. James4226c

    James4226c Tuba Player

    Jun 11, 2010
    Honolulu, HI
    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.

    (STA NOV 09)

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