The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2004
H. Upmann Magnum 46
The H. Upmann Magnum 46 is a sleeper size from Cuba. Not as famous as any of Cuba's iconic Hoyo or Punch Double Coronas, the benchmark Romeo y Julieta Churchill or the better known Punch Punch corona gorda, the Upmann has come into its own over the past two years. Once scoring in the high 80s, since 2003 the cigar has been rated twice, each time scoring 92 points. Surprisingly strong and wonderfully decadent, the 5 5/8 inch by 46 ring corona gorda was, until recently, one of the Cuban cigars packed naked, without cigar bands, which only added to its low-key mystique. Intense and full-bodied in youth, the cabinet-packed cigars can take on a creamy, espresso character when aged. Another plus: they are relatively inexpensive for Havanas.