H. Upmann Magnum 56 (2020) Jar of 20

  • Cigar Reviewed: H. Upmann Magnum 56 (2020)
  • Country of Origin: Cuba
  • Factory: Undisclosed
  • Wrapper: Cuba
  • Binder: Cuba
  • Filler: Cuba
  • Length: 5 9/10 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Vitola: Double Robusto
  • Release Date: October 2020
  • Number of Cigars Released: Undisclosed
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Description

The H. Upmann Magnum 56 is a fairly beefy cigar, but what is most striking is the reddish-brown color of the wrapper. At some glances it looks like the shade of a brick, at other times it is the color of a very clay-heavy soil, which in turn reminds me of the warning tracks of some baseball diamonds. It’s a color that works very well with the red in the band and makes for a good overall visual. Beyond that, veins are small and there’s the occasional spot on the wrapper, making each sample pretty attractive. There’s a bit of give to two of the three samples, though they are not as spongey as some Cuban cigars, while the third is fairly firm. The aroma off of the foot is light, with two samples slightly meaty, a bit like jerky being ready to be dehydrated, and another going more towards the kind of cumulative bread smell you’d pick up in a sandwich shop. One sample also has the smell of red apple skin. The cold draws on the first and third sample are a bit firm but don’t seem like they will be problematic. The second is the best of the bunch, smooth and easy with nothing concerning. Flavors are mild and have me thinking of a cold cut platter, a bit meaty but nothing is terribly distinct. There is no pepper to speak of, nor any overt sweetness.

The H. Upmann Magnum 56 starts with a bit of light wood and a slightly creamy base, the kind of profile I generally associate with H. Upmann, if maybe a bit fuller and softer due to the ring gauge. Black pepper comes in not long after the start, appearing first via the retrohale before moving down to the tongue. From there it moves to a flavor that reminds me of salami: slightly meaty but also slightly oily and fatty. I’m a bit concerned about the combustion in the early goings of the first cigar as it seems like the cigar isn’t terribly thrilled about burning, especially if given a bit of a break between puffs. It was enough of a concern in the early goings that it led me to dry box the other two for a couple of hours in hopes of avoiding a repeat issue. Thankfully it did for one of the cigars—more on that in the final notes—and the flavors benefitted as well, not being as weighed down by the excess moisture. There are still points where the tobacco tastes young and a bit harsh, which is concerning for what the rest of the cigar holds. Flavor is medium or medium-plus but can get sharp and harsh, body is medium, and strength is full. Combustion is decent but struggles at times, smoke production is a bit light, and the draw ranges from very good to struggling a bit

 

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