Altadis U.S.A.’s H. Upmann line is getting a new barber pole design, as the company has announced that it will be releasing the H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier at this week’s 2023 Total Product Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas.

The cigar uses Ecuadorian Connecticut and Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper leaves to create the barber pole design, which gives the cigar its name, as barbier is the German word for barber. Under those wrapper leaves is a binder from the island of Java in Indonesia, along with a mix of Nicaraguan, Dominican and broadleaf tobaccos of undisclosed origin in the filler. The cigars are produced at Tabacalera de García in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and will be offered in five sizes, all of which come in 25-count boxes:

  • H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier Corona (5 x 44) — $7.25 (Box of 25, $181.25)
  • H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.47 (Box of 25, $211,75)
  • H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) — $9.50 (Box of 25, $237.50)
  • H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier Toro (6 x 54) — $9.62 (Box of 25, $240.50)
  • H. Upmann 1844 Special Edition Barbier Churchill (7 x 50) — $9.75 (Box of 25, $243.75)

“The use of these contrasting shades of wrappers makes for an eye-catching, barber-pole-like presentation,” said Pedro Ventura, hand made operation and product development manager of Tabacalera de García, via a press release. “The wrappers work together to add an entirely new flavor profile to the cigar, making one’s smoking session a lot more interesting as well.”

The cigars are scheduled to begin shipping to stores during the week of March 20.

Update — Shortly after this story was published, the company confirmed box counts and a shipping date, which were not in the original version of this story.

Images courtesy of Altadis U.S.A.

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