The H. Upmann Magnum 46 is the only vitola from the Magnum series that was first released in the previous century. The other Magnum sizes (48, 50, 56 and Especial) were are released in or after the year 2007. In matter a fact, the first Magums 46 were released well before the US embargo. Back then a cigar with a 46 ring gauge was considered rather large. Hence the name ‘Magnum’.
This particular one came from a carboard pack holding 3 aluminium tubos. The cigar had a oily wrapper with one minor inperfection: a tiny water spot (see picture below). Apart from that the construction was good. No relighting or touch ups were required. There was a slight resistance in the draw, many prefer it that way. Personally I like it when there is no resistance whatsoever.
It took a little while to get the flavours going. While the white pepper slowly faded away I got flavours that reminded me of toasted bread with some salty and savoury hints. Once in a while I would get some cedar too. Passed the midway point the toasted bread remained and the salty and savoury hints were replaced with some sweet vanilla notes. Near the end, just for a brief moment the sweetness picked up. That’s where I should have left it but I got greedy. In return the cigar presented me with a slightly harsh peppery and lingering after taste.
Because of the neutral flavour profile (toasted bread) this cigar would pair with almost anything. I paired the cigar with some sweetened black tea (Broken Orange Pekoe 1) from Ceylon, grape juice and some fruit (pineapple and coconut). The cigar lasted about 80 minutes but I probabably should have put it down about 5 to 10 minutes earlier.
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H. Upmann – Magnum 46
|Size||46 x 143|