Originally Posted by srnadel
I think tonight I will have a an Upmann Magnum 50 and Appleton 21yr.
I'm not checking in as much as I used to, but I am still keeping an eye on you all!
The Mag 50 has become one of my new favorites. Here's a review I wrote for another website:
I had some hesitation sparking off the May 09 smoke I'll report on now, largely because it only arrived here two days ago, but curiosity got the best of me. I have no way to compare to the EL (the Magnum 50s initial EL release) so this report stands on it's own.
As a double robusto (roughly 50 by 6.5) that this is a big cigar, and as a corona gorda smoker (as a favored size), this unit qualifies on the big side for me. It didn't stand against this cigar though it is a hefty smoke.
I'm not one who cares about construction or "pretty" too much, but I am a stickler on draw, a place where a lot of disappointment is potentially possible in my experience. No worries, this first smoke drew with relative ease, just the way I like it. A huge plus in my book. Equally, this is a good looking cigar. My medium colorado cigars show good oil and a smoothm toothy wrapper. Perhaps just slightly underfilled, but that's much to be preferred (by me) to a cigar that is too tight.
The cigar started off a bit slowly but immediately showed good promise. Lots of smoke, an ash that hung in, but more importantly, what I'll call a defining meaty quality and rich tobacco flavor. Not sweet to start, not bitter either, a great burn line. No touch ups for the first third, just a good clean burn and old fashioned taste. What I call a "grown up" cigar.
The meaty, smooth medium bodied tobacco flavors continued right along with a small touch up required, but no smoking issues to speak of, and that great draw consistently working. Easy, adult, subtle smoke, no bite and maybe notes of coffee/chocolate though to be honest, I'm never really confident using these sort of descriptors. But I am perfectly confident saying this cigar became a rich, satisfying smoke early into the second third.
Picked up some of that wonderful Cuban nuttiness, but just a bit less even burn...maybe because the cigar was barely rested in my humidor. Still,not a big problem, this cigar smoked well beginning to end with a bit of unraveling at the nub.
Of course, the power ramped up a bit towards the nub, and the cigar also picked up a bit of spice/pepper as they tend to do when they get roach short. I nubbed the sucker.Long, pleasant finish to top it off.
The bottom line:
I haven't smoked too many Upmanns heretofore, but having enjoyed this so much, I'll be damned if I can say why. This cigar will alter that oversight. As young as these are, they can only get better...maybe in as short a time as a month or two, since these are just off the truck. I'm very glad I pulled the trigger on these and I'm wishing I hadn't split the box, but I did it with a good friend, and I'm sure he'll like them too. A very good cigar, highly recommended if your tastes echo mine the Magnum 50 is a savory, delicious and mature smoke for the Habano lover.