|H. Upmann Legacy|
The new line is called the H. Upmann Legacy, and is available in three sizes. The line is meant to be a stronger, richer and bolder version of past lines, and feature some vintage 2008 tobacco. The cigar has an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and underneath that is a Nicaraguan binder. The filler is a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, and it is pretty obvious that they were going for a more complex and richer blend. For this review I chose the corona vitola, and the cigar measures 5.5" with a 44 ring gauge. It is a dark Colorado coloring wrapper, and very simple/rustic. It is smooth to touch with no oils present, and is slightly firm. I am getting very little tooth to the cigar, and it has an aroma of spices, tobacco, cocoa, coffee and cedar.
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find that the Asian spice flavor profile has increased dramatically. I am picking up tons of cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and it is accompanied by some lovely red pepper characteristics. There are still some nice wood and leather flavors showing up with the cigar, and it is richer than any other H. Upmann Altadis has released. The coffee and earthy finish adds a nice complexity to the finish, and it is still producing tons of smoke. The strength level is still right above that medium full level as before, and the construction is also superb. With a perfect burn line and that solid light charcoal ash this cigar is smoking wonderfully.
|Great burn line|
I was thoroughly surprised by this smoke, and I can say with confidence that this is the best non-Cuban H. Upmann I have ever had. It had a great strength level, excellent flavors, terrific construction, and was above all an enjoyable smoke. I loved that the cigar came in a corona format because that is a size I would smoke quite a bit. The pricing on these cigars is terrific as well, which is not a factor in my rating, but a great factor that individuals would appreciate. You will not be disappointed with this smoke, and it is a cigar that proves that Altadis is chaning things around. I myself loved the presentation of the cigar and it was a nice way to add a cool new look while keeping things classic. I am giving this cigar a solid 92 and will be smoking more and more.