Dear fellow aficionados ,
Let’s cut to the chase: we love H. Upmann !
H. Upmann is not exactly a hip and sexy brand, but does know how to charm a fan. The fans especially appreciate the typical pure and elegant palette of the brand. No powerhouse, but a sophisticated elegant style . We like!
Maybe it has to do with the fact that the brand once has been owned by a British importer and that it is therefore more in line with the European palette. Who knows?
This question relates to the origin of the brand and there are several versions of this we don’t want you not to be informed of.
It has been published that “H. Upmann” refers to Herman Upmann . On the boxes there is also a signature "H. Upmann" with the exact words "This is my Signature" (in case you might wonder whose signature other than his it could be). Other authors argue then that the brand was founded by brothers Herman and August Upmann and that “H.” refers to Hermanos or the Upmann "brothers" . Furthermore, there are versions that say that the family name was actually "Hupmann" and since the " H" is not pronounced in Spanish it was just omitted. However, this comes in conflict with the line "This is my Signature".
Some people also claim that the (H) Upmann brothers were bankers . That seems to be incorrect. Supposedly it were the cousins who owned a bank.
Anyway in 1922 the brand got into the hands of the British. Bigots claim that this might have to do with the sequels of the First World War. Who knows?
Nevertheless, the brand has in all respects an eventful history behind it, and we look forward to the lecture on the history of the brand at the Habanos Festival.
If you cannot wait that long, you can already read the excellent article by Claudia Puszkar published in Cigar Journal . An absolute must read! Please, follow the link: http://www.cigarjournal.co/index.php/us/archive/habanos-corner/1452-ausgabe-12013--wenn-die-herkunft-zum-verhaengnis-wird-ndie-h-upmann-manufaktur
Following the upcoming lecture and the latest H. Upmann release, we are also happy not only to reflect on the brand but also to highlight the Connoisseur series.
We are tempted to say: "Everyone knows the H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1", but that is not the case . For some this cigar still remains undiscovered (quite undeservingly). However, the cigar for the last five years (except for 2012) has been attributed the maximum score of five bands in the French magazine L' Amateur de Cigare cigars. That qualifies as a record.
Following the H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 there is now a sequel to this one and immediately a new line. Fully in line with Cuban logic, no connoisseur No. 2 , but… an "A ", the H. Upmann Connoisseur A.
It is a La Casa del Habano exclusive and is therefore only available in a La Casa del Habano .
The Connoisseur A can safely be called the big brother of the "Connie No. 1". The Connoisseur No. 1 is indeed a Hermosos No . 4 (45 x 127), while the "Connie A" is a larger Genios (52 x 140) .
On the other hand, Cubans are again very consistent in their description. We recently discovered a cabinet H. Upmann Connossieur No. 1. We had never imagined that a sequel would mention the same whopping typo. Indeed, the first batch of H. Upmann Connoisseur A mentions both on the cabinets, the bands ànd the ribbons in huge letters Connossieur A! It has been confirmed that this typo will be put right but so far all deliveries we get mention Connossieur A. A nice gadget and perhaps unique.
Finally, we would like to mention that - in general - H. Upmann cigars age very nicely. In the beginning they are rather mild and bland , but as they get older they gain strength (+/- 5 years) and then after a period of +/- 10 year they become again milder, a bit tea-like.
In addition to the Connoisseur No. 1 and Connoisseur A , we find the following vitolas of H. Upmann highly recommendable:
Majestic : 105 Euros per 25
Half Corona ( ! ): 105 Euros per 25
Lonsdale: 350 Euros per 25
Noella ( ! ): 325 Euros per 25
Magnum 46 ( ! ): 285 Euros per 25
Magnum 48 EL2009: 350 Euros per 25
Magnum 50: 350 Euros per 25
Magnum 50: 660 Euros per 50
Robustos EL2012: 375 Euros per 25
Royal Robusto ( ! ): 110 Euros per 10
No. 2 ( ! ): 285 Euros per 25
Sir Winston Churchill: 525 Euros per 25
We have them all still available.
If interested do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help you out.
With habanophile regards ,
La Casa del Habano Knokke - Gent