Almost all cigar makers have a healthy stock of aged tobacco. In fact, at least one master blender has said that the genius of blending isn’t really in having...
Almost all cigar makers have a healthy stock of aged tobacco. In fact, at least one master blender has said that the genius of blending isn’t really in having an evolved palate or sophisticated instincts, but in simply having an extensive tobacco library. That is, with enough leaf variety, all things are possible, even producing a Cigar of the Year winner.
Perhaps there’s something to it. The H. Upmann Legacy cigar started with a 2008 harvest, and here we are more than a decade later still smoking it. Clearly, someone chose the right leaf for this blend from a very healthy inventory of tobacco.
On the outside, the Legacy is carrying an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, which is a first for the brand. It’s almost unthinkable that a company with roots that go back to 1844 would still have major wrapper types to try out, but it’s the truth. After all, constant experimentation is a more modern trend. That’s not to say that there weren’t cigar makers who weren’t always trying to improve, but nowadays things are taken to sometimes ridiculous lengths in an effort to strike gold and launch the next hot boutique fad.
So the Sumatra was a new direction for H. Upmann.
Inside, the Legacy cigar features a Nicaraguan binder, and a filler blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. Light it up and you’ll get a fine pull of medium-bodied smoke with an initial blast of pepper. This then develops into familiar notes of coffee bean and toast, and then sparks up with light notes of zesty orange peel and an apple finish. Some have even said this one has floral notes, and we think that’s probably accurate, depending on the particular stick you happen to get. Outstanding aged tobacco and a high quality wrapper leaf? We’re definitely in to smoke this one and celebrate the legacy of one of the cigar world’s oldest brands.
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