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.
When you smell a Cuban cigar, you’ll know it. A combination of dried hay and cedar with that uniquely Cuban rich tobacco scent.
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.
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.
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.
The final third is very similar in profile to the middle. Still a very balanced and smooth smoking experience.
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.
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.
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.