Altadis U.S.A.’s H. Upmann brand will be getting another new line this month, as today the company announced Herman’s Batch.
Designed to be a tribute to the founder of the original Cuban-made brand, Hermann Upmann, the line uses a habano wrapper leaf grown in Ecuador along with a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and the Condega and Estelí regions of Nicaragua. It was blended by Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Altadis U.S.A.’s parent company, Tabacalera USA, along with the company’s Grupo de Maestros and made at Tabacalera de Garcia in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
It is being released in four sizes, all of which feature a pigtail cap:
- H. Upmann Herman’s Batch Toro (6 x 52) — $10.50 (Boxes of 20, $210)
- H. Upmann Herman’s Batch Robusto (5 x 54) – $10.10 (Boxes of 20, $202)
- H. Upmann Herman’s Batch Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) — $9.30 (Boxes of 20, $186)
- H. Upmann Herman’s Batch Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 42) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)
Upmann, the spelling of whose first name has been changed from Hermann for this project, was a German banker who came to Cuba in 1843 on behalf of an importing and exporting firm. He soon entered the banking business on the island with a focus on the tobacco industry, and in 1844 created his eponymously named cigar line, which is still produced by Habanos S.A., the Cuban cigar conglomerate, as well as by Altadis U.S.A.
Earlier this summer, the H. Upmann brand added two new lines, the regular production H. Upmann Hispaniola by Jose Mendez and a limited edition, the H. Upmann 175th Anniversary.
An email sent to has not yet been returned. The company made the announcement via Cigar Aficionado.