H Upmann Legacy – Cigar Review

The H Upmann Legacy is the newest addition to the H Upmann lineup. It features vintage 2008 tobaccos and comes in 3 sizes, a 5 1/2 x 44 corona, a 6 x 52 Toro, and a 5 x 54 Robusto. This is the second recent introduction from Altadis USA using all vintage tobaccos, the other being the Montecristo Epic which used all 2007 tobaccos (reviewed here).

The description from Altadis’ H Upmann website explains the new blend best:

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.

This exquisite blend results in a vibrant, fuller-bodied smoke complemented by a myriad of subtle and complex flavors unlike any H. Upmann before it. Experience a modern legacy.

Size: 5 x 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The H Upmann Legacy features two bands. Both have a nice updated almost festive feel to them, with gold, orange, and green trimming, and a nice maroon background. The top one says H Upmann in the center and Legacy on both sides. The second one is a foot band which says Legacy with H Upmann written on both sides. The wrapper of the H Upmann Legacy is a medium brown with a very light reddish hue. It has very light veins, with a rich oil, and nearly seamless construction.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the H Upmann Legacy has notes of cedar, sweet grass, and a light spice. The foot has a scent made up of earth, cedar, spice, and nuts. To prepare smoking the H Upmann Legacy I use a straight cut, and on the cold draw there are flavors of spice, nuts, grass, and cedar.

Smoking Characteristics: The H Upmann Legacy kicks off with a blend of Asian spices, cedar, leather, wood spice, and a light sweet buttery feel which lingers on the palate between draws. The flavor immediately is very rich, robust, and full. Each draw easily provides a full body of the cool, rich, sweet, creamy smoke. After the first quarter inch or so, a light coffee note joins the flavor profile along with a bit of leather. The strength in the first third is in the medium to full range with a nice buzz setting in early on.

Into the second third of the H Upmann Legacy, I am seeing quite the defined shift in the flavor profile. There are now notes of sweet creamy coffee, nuts, leather, cedar, and Asian spices. Each draw still leaving a light sweet buttery finish on the palate, now with a bit of a nutty feel as well. The construction on the H Upmann Legacy is standing up well, the draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, sweet, creamy smoke. The burn is a bit wavy, but has not required any corrections, and the ash holds firmly with only a small amount of flaking.

During the final third of the H Upmann Legacy, the Asian spice has started to fade out of the profile but remains a slight undertone. The dominate flavors are a creamy coffee, nuts, leather, and cedar. The sweetness in this third is slightly grassy and fruity with an oily consistency and finishes well on the palate between draws. The strength in this third remains in the medium to full range, just as the blend started out in the beginning. The H Upmann Legacy performs well to the nub. The burn continues to be a bit wavy, but no corrections are needed, and no heat is being pulled whatsoever.

Conclusion: I have to say I’ve really become a fan of the Sumatra wrapper over these past few months. I keep finding more and more new cigars which really showcase the wrapper, and I’ve found the flavor to be quite versatile depending on the blend of tobaccos. I found the new H Upmann Legacy to showcase the Sumatra wrapper perfectly. The flavors were wonderful, a nice balance of depth, complexity, and strength. I really cannot wait to get my hand on some more of these, I think they are certainly box worthy.

Rating: 91

MSRP: $6.50