H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez Finca La Lilia 2009 Shipping This Month

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The H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez is getting a limited edition this month, a 6 x 60 gordo that uses tobacco from the 2009 crop of Fernandez’s Finca La Lilia farm, the first crop to make it into a cigar.

According to a report by Cigar Aficionado, the cigar shares the majority of the regular line’s blend, meaning a Nicaraguan corojo 99 binder and a filler of Nicaraguan criollo 98 and Dominican piloto cubano. The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is a higher priming, which gives it added strength, however. While the farm is in Nicaragua, the company has not disclosed just what tobaccos are from that 2009 crop.

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The H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez Finca La Lilia 2009 is slated to begin shipping to retailers on Sept. 30 and will be priced at $12 per cigar. It is offered in 20-count boxes, with just 375 produced for a total of 7,500 cigars.

The regular H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez, which debuted in 2017, is available in five other sizes:

Fernandez produces the cigars at his Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory in Nicarauga, while Altadis U.S.A. handles distribution.

A representative of Tabacalera USA, the parent company of Altadis U.S.A. confirmed the accuracy of the report though declined to speak further on the new cigar, saying that a formal announcement was planned for Monday.

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