March 20, 2011

H. Upmann Sun Grown Magnum

H. Upmann Sungrown Magnum (6x54)

Strength: Medium Full
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Origin: Honduras
Binder: Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras and Nicaraguan

The band is large and very intricate with the year 1844 stamped on it, and the artwork is magnificent.
Video review.

A dense feeling cigar; no soft spots. A reddish brown wrapper.
The Altadis site has this to say about the H. Upmann Sungrown.
 The cigar had a great draw. It started with notes of sweet orange citrus and raw almonds with nice pepper. The finish was one of raw almonds and was fairly long.

After about an inch or so the finish had changed to a sweet orange citrus. That was pretty cool; from a raw almond finish to a sweet orange citrus in only an inch or thereabouts. The pepper is good. The ash is very tight and has not fallen or been broken off yet.

Altadis described this cigar as full bodied but I would not put it more than medium at this point. We'll see if it changes.

At the midpoint the spice flavors had not changed; still one of sweet orange citrus with raw almonds.

Just past the midpoint the flavors have intensified. The orange citrus is more richer, as well as the raw almonds. This was nice. The pepper lingers on the long finish, which was nice. The cigar has moved a little more toward being full bodied.

In the final stages the richness of the orange citrus and raw almonds kept improving. The orange citrus leads the almonds notes by about a 60/40 split. The cigar is really nice at this point. The finish is very rich with orange notes and some light raw almond notes with lingering pepper.

Altadis has been using more Nicaraguan tobacco lately and it is a great move on their part. It really helps make their cigars better.

I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit from the midpoint on.

Score: 90

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