Review: H. Upmann Edición 2009 Limitada Magnum 48

I don’t have a lot of aged Cuban cigars in my humidor, so when the H. Upmann Edición 2009 Limitada Magnum 48 became available I jumped at the change to pick up a box.   For those of you who like to track box codes, the code on this is MOA SEP 09.

 

 

Nose:

When you smell a Cuban cigar, you’ll know it.  A combination of dried hay and cedar with that uniquely Cuban rich tobacco scent.

 

Construction:

The H. Upmann Edición 2009 Limitada Magnum 48 is a short robusto vitola, measuring 4 1/3” by 48 ring gauge.   With 4 years of age on it, this cigar is showing no signs of construction issues.   Habanos SA has limited edition releases every year, and this was a part of their 2009 release. 

 

 

Flavor:

First

Some light pepper with a sweet after taste.  A few minutes of smoking and I start to pick up hints of dry cedar.  Once the cigar settles in at the 10 minute mark, the sweetness picks up in intensity. 

A very enjoyable first third.

Middle

The second third is quite a bit different than the first third.  Pepper, spices and some nutty flavors mixed in.  Not a lot of flavor changes for the rest of this third.  I found it to be quite balanced throughout.

Last

The final third is very similar in profile to the middle.  Still a very balanced and smooth smoking experience.

Burn/Draw:

Burn and draw on Cuban cigars is always a mixed bag.  You can get a great batch and you can also get a batch that gives you nothing but trouble.  I’m happy to report that with a punch the draw was good, leaning towards the open end.  I had no burn issues, as you can see by the pictures, the burn line was straight and the ash held well.  I didn’t have to touch the cigar up through the review.  Total smoking time was a leisurely 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Value:

The value here is going to be subjective as the H. Upmann Edición 2009 Limitada Magnum 48s don’t come cheap.  Singles will be around the $14 mark, if you can still find them.   Buying a box of 25 is your best value, as the boxes can be had for around $245.

Final Word:

I’m impressed by the flavor complexity here.  It’s a fantastically balanced cigar from start to finish.  I think next time I’ll pair this with a sherry finish scotch or a strong, black coffee.   If you’re in the market for a quicker smoking experience that doesn’t short change you on flavor complexity, the H. Upmann 2009 Magnum 48s are the way to go.

 


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Comment by Catfishbluezz on October 22, 2013 at 7:47am

I need to grab a box of these.  I love Upmann, and have heard nothing but good things about this one.

Comment by Emmett Malone on October 22, 2013 at 3:39pm

I haven't tried one of the Magnum's yet, I had a friends tell me they weren't as good as the regular line. I may have to check these out. Nice review.

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