Year of foundation: 1844
Tobacco Country: Cuba
Tobacco Procedence: Vuelta Abajo
Factory: H. Upmann
As famous a brand as there is in the world of cigars, the H. Upmann brand dates back to 1844, when Herman Upmann, a German banker, began using specially imprinted boxes of cigars as promotional items for his banking firm.
The combination proved successful, so the H. Upmann brand was born and continues to this day.
The success of this brand was buoyed by the award of seven gold medals in seven international exhibitions between 1862 and 1893; these awards still adorn the lithographed interior of the box today.
The brand was sold to the British firm of J. Frankau in 1922 and finally in 1935 to Menendez, Garcia & Cia. prior to the nationalization.
Production continues today in the H. Upmann factory, now known as Jose Marti.
The famous request of President John F. Kennedy to his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to obtain cigars on the evening prior to the declaration of the American trade embargo in 1961, was for Petit Upmanns.
Available in a stunning range of handmade sizes, the brand offers a mild to medium strength.
H. Upmann is a current pre-Revolution brand, established in 1844.
It is now classified by Habanos SA as a Global brand, but prior to c2007 it was only classified as a Multi-local. It has a significant market share
The range comprises light to medium strength cigars, using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.
Until 2008, all the current production cigars were pre-1960s releases. Since then there has been subsequent releases.
There was special pre-1960 packaging that was discontinued in the 1980s.
Special Releases commenced in 1999 with the inclusion of H. Upmann cigars in the Siglo XXI Humidor.
Since 2004 there have been further Special Releases.