In addition to one of the many new rollouts from Altadis during the 2010 IPCPR show in NOLA, included a reboot to the languid H.Upmann face; in the form of an Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatran wrapped frontmark; and that frontmark is the H.Upmann Sun Grown series. The cigar which was reviewed for this release is the 6”x54rg Magnum (super-toro); boasting a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a joint Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

The Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatran wrapper smells of apricots, ash wood, chicory, cinnamon, espresso, leather, oak, peat, saffron, and thyme. The wrapper is smooth and oily; the wrapper tastes of butter, caramel, cedar, cream, hickory, mahogany, sea salt, and vanilla beans.

The toasted foot smells of anise, butter cream, caramel, coffee cubano, hazelnut, molasses, sea salt, toasted wheat bread, and white peppercorns.

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The Sun Grown starts off with mild hints of cedar, oregano, parsley, sea salt, and wheat; the smoke is chalk white and smells of black peppercorns, licorice, mocha, ouzo, and paprika.

The ash rings in two millimeter bands, and has a salt & pepper complexion. With a nine millimeter punch burns at a fair clip say thirty minutes an inch.

There’s a ligero cone at the foot of the recently tapped cigar.

An hour in at the four inch mark, the body heads towards medium with hints of butternut squash, cashews, coffee cubano, fennel, mesquite, molasses, paprika, peat, and thyme.

This incarnation of the H.Upmann frontmark boasts a medium-medium body and strength profile. With proper age the body will develop as the tobaccos marry, allowing for a more flavorful cigar.

Purchased as part of H.Upmann Sun Grown Magnum and personal ashtray set from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, 20854; on December 2nd, 2010.