Saturday, November 12, 2011

Enjoying Cigars - A Classic Line of Puros

H. Upmann is among the oldest cigar brands in existence, dating back to the 1840s. Around 1840, banker Herman Upmann opened a branch office in Havana, which provided ample opportunity to send cigars home to Europe.

The possibilities of a commercial endeavor became clear to Upmann and in 1844 he invested in a cigar factory and the H. Upmann brand was launched. This made Upmann one of the first non- Cubans who made a name for himself in the cigar industry.

Upmann is sometimes even credited with the invention of packaging cigars in cedar boxes to give to their customers.

Through the late 1800s, the H. Upmann brand gained international recognition at various exhibitions and won seven gold medals which still adorn the lithographed art on today's H. Upmann boxes, along with Hermann Upmann's original signature.

The favorite cigar of US President John F. Kennedy was the H. Upmann Petit Coronas. The night before the Kennedy embargo on Cuba was signed, he had aide Pierre Salinger procure every box he could gather from Washington, DC tobacconists, for a total of 1,200 of his favorite cigars.

Et tu, Democrat? Democrat laws for the low masses only - existed even then.

H. Upmann cigars are classified as mild to medium strength, but Faldo finds them to be medium-strong. After all, they are of a pure Cuban blend heritage. H. Upmann is a great cigar, but a little pricey.

H. Upmann maintains it’s #3 favorite USA cigar status. With 30 different styles, Faldo is not done trying this brand.

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