After the success of the H. Upmann by A.J. Fernandez, Abdel Fernández is once again being tasked with making an H. Upmann, this time for the 175th anniversary of the brand.
The H. Upmann 175th Anniversary Limited Edition is offered in a single 7 x 50 Churchill vitola. It’s a Nicaraguan puro that uses medio tiempo tobacco, leaves found on the highest parts of only some tobacco plants. For many years, most growers just classified medio tiempo as a ligero, though in recent years the name has become more prominent largely due to Habanos S.A.’s Cohiba Behike BHK.
“H. Upmann is one of the most storied cigar brands,” said Candela Diaz, brand manager for H. Upmann, in a press release. “It was impossible to pass up an opportunity to commemorate this brand that embodies brotherhood and love of tobacco. We look forward to unveiling the H. Upmann 175 at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas.”
The cigar is priced at $18 and will be sold in boxes of 10. There are also humidors of 50 cigars being created, priced at $1,250.
H. Upmann was founded in 1844 by Hermann Dietrich Upmann, a German banker who had gone to Cuba the year before. Upmann established a bank and bought a cigar factory. His brand is credited with being the first to use labeled cigar boxes.
Today there are two H. Upmann brands: one owned and operated by Cuba’s Habanos S.A. and the other by Altadis U.S.A., which is only sold in the U.S. This release is part of the Altadis U.S.A. family, Habanos S.A. has not announced a 175th anniversary release for the brand.
Update (June 13, 2019) — Added details and images. This story was originally published on June 10.