Along with my usual Thursday nights of Question Time and This Week, I’m pairing some The Balvenie Whiskey and a H. Upmann Magnum 50.
One of the ‘in’ Cigars at the moment amongst aficionados, the H. Upmann Magnum 50’s is big and loud. With two bands, this towering Double Robusto measures in at 6.3 inches and 50 ring gauge.
Originally released in 2005 as a limited edition, the Magnum 50 was re-introduced in 2008 as a regular production Cigar. A light to medium bodied smoke, this looks to be a great mid-afternoon herf smoke.
On the first puffs, there’s leathery, tobacco flavours. I was expecting a little more creaminess. I can detect some summery, butter and honey notes but only a little.
This Cigar gave me an hour and a half worth of smoking time.
I think this Cigar needs more time in the humidor. Mid-way through the Magnum 50, the flavours are still opening up. The leathery flavours are now opening up to include a peppery spice sensation. Only a little mind, I think this Cigar is meant to tease - seduce you it’s flavours only so slightly. There’s a tangy-ness here. Very interesting how the Cigars from the rest of the box will develop in the forthcoming years.
I would suggest trying to find boxes from the original 2008 release. I have found the ones I have smoked to be a little too young, the flavours have not ripen in maturity. I have tried one from 2009 and two or three from 2010 and their not quite ready yet. I would hasten to guess that there is still plenty of ageing potential with the 2008’s also.
If I were to score this, I would rate this around 88 or 89 points. The first third of the Cigar let itself down with it’s flat flavours. However, into the second third and onwards, the bouquet of flavours saved the day
Keep these in the back of the humidor for a few years. You won’t regret it.