H. Upmann Cigars

It is one of the most prestigious cigar's brands of all times. Its fame surpassed the expectations and dreams of its creators, the German brothers Hermann and August Hupmann, who established in Havana in 1843.

The first news of this brand, popular among strong cigars' smokers, appeared in October, 15th, 1844. The origin of the name H. Upmann is in the letter H, first one of the word hermanos, (brothers in English), and the last name Hupmann, in which was eliminated the H to avoid the repetition.

The brand was registered in 1945. The factory was placed in 75 San Miguel Street, in Havana; afterwards, it was transferred to Carlos III Avenue, in 1891, in the Cuban capital.

The brand became a property of the British company Frankau, S. A. Fortunately, this enterprise sold the factory to the Association Menéndez García & Co., which returned the splendour it had lost, and placed it in one of the top positions at international level.

In 1944 the factory moved into 407 Amistad Street, its present location. At that time Menéndez García already owned Montecristo and Por Larrañaga.

The H. Upmann is producing the brand Cohiba since 1959. H. Upmann was an innovative brand. It was one of the first to use cedar boxes to store and transport cigars. This system permits the conservation of the cigars' freshness and humidity.

H. Upmann Cigars Another of the new actions was the introduction of the aluminium tubes to preserve the cigars. The H. Upmann cigars were very famous in Germany, were they were served in silver plates.

Nowadays, they are commercialized in Spain, Canada, Great Britain, the Far East, Swiss, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. These cigars are made with tobacco from Vuelta Abajo, (Pinar del Rio). This brand is very ingrained in the smokers who prefer strong cigars. Its mature wrapper reinforces its flavour and aroma; and provides them of a sweet- spicy touch.

H. Upmann presents around 40 models, many of them made by a machine. The larger vitolas are outstanding, specially two churchills:

Sir Wiston and Monarcas (undressed or in aluminium tubes); they also offer the light models as the Connaisseur nº 1 (robusto) and Cristales (corona), the last cigars presented in crystal tubes.

Many of the vitolas coincide with the brands of Montecristo.