H Upmann Legacy CigarsFollowing the recent pattern of Altadis USA’s extra that focuses on improving blends and appearance, H Upmann Legacy cigars were released in early January of 2013. As a result, this is one of the best smokes produced by the company and is more than worthy of carrying the name. It is a multinational stogie, produced in Honduras, featuring tobaccos from three different countries. Like other Altadis blends, this stick contains tobaccos aged for several years.

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sumatran, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan plants. As of now, H Upmann Legacy cigars are available in three vitolas, including Corona (5 1/2 x 44), Toro (6 x 52) and Robusto (5 x 54).  Most are available in boxes of 20, although a few retailers have singles. The wrapper is medium brown, but some reviewers have found some that are darker. The surface is smooth to the touch, but is not oily, and has only slight veining. The stick comes with a double band, and both are unique among other banding designs on Altadis products. The first has a brown background with orange designs and lettering spelling out ”H. Upmann” in all caps. The word “Legacy” is written in cursive, and this is gold and green trim framing the type. The second band is wrapped around the foot and has the same lettering and color scheme.

The pre-light aroma has baker spices and some faint sweetness accompanied with some strong pepper. Upon lighting, the pepper is very noticeable.  During the first third of the H Upmann Legacy cigars, the pepper remains present, but it slips back into a secondary role shortly after firing up the stick. Cocoa and floral notes are also present, with the former settling in as the dominant flavor and the latter sticking out more while retrohaling. A tobacco taste joins the cocoa near the end of the first third.

The second third of the H Upmann Legacy cigars is all about fusion. The cocoa, floral and tobacco tastes are all strong in this part of the stogie, and reviewers often had a tough time picking them out, as they are balanced well. Near the end of the second third, the pepper resurges, though it is most noticeable on the retrohale. In the final third, the floral and tobacco layers fade out, while the cocoa continues to be strong. It is joined by the pepper, and the two duel back and forth for center stage down to the nub. Reviewers didn’t have any complaints about the burn or draw either, as this stick keeps a sharp burn line and is neither too loose nor too tight. The ash is salt and pepper, and the burn temperature is ideal.

H Upmann Legacy cigars are full bodied and medium in strength for the most part, though some aficionados found that the stick kicked up the strength a little near the end. It is geared toward flavor instead of power, though, which makes it a good choice for a novice enthusiast or an experienced smoker who enjoys something a little more relaxed every now and then.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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