Altadis U.S.A. Updating H. Upmann 1844 Reserve and Vintage Cameroon Packaging

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Altadis U.S.A is giving its H. Upmann 1844 Reserve and 1844 Vintage Cameroon an updated look

“The H. Upmann Traditional Line, which includes the 1844 Reserve, the 1844 Vintage Cameroon and the soon-to-be-released Añejo, now has a look and feel that reflects both the rich tradition and the heritage of this iconic brand,” said Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Tabacalera USA, via a press release.

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While the packaging is changing, the blends of the two cigars are not.

The 1844 Reserve uses a Ecuadorian Cubano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Dominican filler, which the company bills as a medium-bodied cigar. It is available in seven sizes:

  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) — $8.39
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Churchill (7 x 50) — $8.39
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — $6.84
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Corona Major (5 1/2 x 44)  – $7.51
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Robusto: (5 x 50) – $7.21
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Toro: (6 x 54) – $8.11
  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Demitasse (5 1/2 x 33) —$2.76

As its name would imply, the 1844 Vintage Cameroon uses a Cameroon wrapper, while the binder comes from Nicaragua and the filler is a mix of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian leaves. It is also available in seven vitolas:

  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) – $7.54
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Churchill (7 x 50) – $7.54
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Lonsdale (6 5/8 x 44) — $6.70
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Petite Corona (5 x 40) — $5.61
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Robusto (5 x 52) — $6.70
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Toro (6 x 54) — $7.29
  • H. Upmann 1844 Vintage Cameroon Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — $6.16

The update to these two lines joins the H. Upmann comes as the company is adding the H. Upmann 1844 Añejo, which will also share the same packaging aesthetic.

The company said that the newly packaged cigars are shipping now so should be on store shelves within the next month, though acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic could delay their arrival.

Shortly after this story was published, a representative from Altadis U.S.A. clarified the shipping plans for the new packaging.

Images courtesy of Altadis U.S.A.

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