March 23, 2013

H. Upmann Legacy Toro (6x52)

Video review HERE.

(from the H. Upmann/Altadis site)
Building on the heritage of this revered brand, H. Upmann Legacy brings new excitement to the contemporary aficionado with this line of modern, fuller-bodied smokes. Each cigar is meticulously hand-crafted with vintage 2008 tobaccos grown from heirloom seeds treasured for generations.

A dark, mountain grown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper surrounds a savory binder from the cloud-cooled rainforests of Nicaragua and an intense mix of prized Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

The cigar has a few bumps and ridges but overall it's well made. It feels dense and tight. I'm hopeful that it has a good draw.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. That pretty much puts to rest any concerns of a tight draw because of a dense and tightly rolled feeling cigar.

The initial flavors at light up were a 50/50 split between earth and sweet cedar, leather, and the pepper had a 7 rating. As I puffed away the earth seemed to overtake the cedar somewhat. Tipping the scale to a 55/45 split of earth to cedar. I decided to let it sit for a minute to allow the cigar to settle down.

About 1/2 inch in the cigar settled down into earth, undertones of leather, sweet cedar, along with nutmeg and cherry. The cherry notes are light and the first thing you taste, followed by the nutmeg and then the cedar explodes with it's sweetness. The finish is a basic sweet cream with some lingering pepper. The pepper remains at a 7 rating. This cigar is unlike any other H. Upmann I've had. The cigar is medium bodied at this point and shows signs of intensifying.

Just a bit further, about 3/4 inch in there is some richness developing. The heavy earth tones have subsided to a more reasonable amount. There is still a touch of leather. Together the earth and leather give the cigar a nice bottom.  The cedar/cherry/nutmeg outweigh the bottom flavors, which is more in line. The finish remains one of a sweet cream with lingering pepper. The cigar is very nice at this point.

At the midpoint the cigar is burning fairly evenly. The wrapper is very dense and coarse. The flavors are now a sweet cedar and cherry combination. The nutmeg has fallen off. The earth notes are still decreased and the leather continues to bottom out the cigar. There are also some oak notes now. The finish is still the same. The cigar is now medium to full bodied and very well could go full bodied. I can feel the ligero easily.

The cigar ended up with the sweet cedar and cherry combination with very little richness. The oak notes are very prominent from the final 1/3 to the end. The earth notes are all but gone away but you still have the light leather as a bottom flavor. The pepper remained about the same throughout, as well as the finish. The cigar took 1 hour 45 minutes to smoke. I found this to be a very enjoyable cigar. For  H. Upmann this is a very full bodied cigar. I commend Altadis and H. Upmann for making a full bodied, or almost full bodied, cigar. Very good cigar.

Score: 91


Phil Kohn said...

Very Nice Review.

Charles Watson said...

Nice Review, Tim. The cherry and nutmeg notes have me wanting to try this cigar!