H. Upmann Cigars


H. Upmann is the brand name of a premium cigar manufacturer. H. Upmann produce cigars in two regions, one being the island of Cuba where Habanos SA monopolise the tobacco industry (the Cuban state owned tobacco company) and the other region being La Romana in the Dominican Republic produced for the Franco-Spanish tobacco monopoly, Altadis SA, who are part of the Imperial Tobacco group.

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H. Upmann is one of the oldest cigar brands in existence, dating back to the 1840s. It was started when Herman Upmann quit his job as a banker in the early 1840’s and went about opening up a branch office in Havana. This offered him the opportunity to be able to send cigars back home to Europe. Upmann quickly realised that he could begin a commercial endeavour in the industry and in 1844 he made the bold investment of a cigar factory and the H. Upmann brand was officially launched. Established in the early 1840’s, H. Upmann is one of the oldest cigar brands in the tobacco industry.

Later on in 1922, both the Upmann bank and the cigar business went bankrupt and they had to sell up to J. Frankau & Co, a British firm who continued the production of the cigars up until 1935 at which point the brand was sold on again to the recently established Menendez y Garcia Co., the makers of the famous Montecristo cigar. The new owners continued the production of H. Upmann cigars up until the nationalisation of the tobacco industry after the Cuban revolution.

John F Kennedy’s favourite cigar was the H. Upmann Petit Upmann. The night before the US tobacco embargo was signed, Kennedy had his aide Pierre Salinger seize every single box of the Petit Coronas that he could for Kennedy. The total amount of H. Upmann Petit Corona cigars in Kennedy’s stash was a whopping 1,200.

Taste Profile

Upmann cigars are typically of a darker colour than other Cubans. The wrappers themselves provide a very satisfying aroma that really gets you wanting to fire the cigar up as soon as possible. Upmann wrappers give the cigar a some what spicy hint on the lips and a brief sweet taste. Cigars from H. Upmann are generally of a light to medium strength, but mainly medium. The brand in the present day make a wide range of cigars from totalmente a mano, tripa larga meaning totally handmade, long filler.

C.Gars Ltd have put together a sampler pack to help you find your favourites from the brand. H. Upmann Selection Sampler – 5 cigars

Buy your Guantanamera cigars from C.Gars Ltd and you can be assured you are receiving the finest grade of tobacco as your cigars will be personally checked and packed by one of our Hunters & Frankau trained sales team. We check top and bottom layers of cigars for wrapper colour, cigar condition and of course any signs of infestation. Rest assured when you buy Havana cigars from C.Gars Ltd... you are buying the finest quality cigars available anywhere in the world!