H Upmann 175 Anniversary blended by AJ Fernandez in collaboration with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros. Nicaraguan puro which uses a 3 year aged medio tiempo wrapper. Limited Edition 7 x 50 churchill. MSRP $18. #leemack912 reviews

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It’s been a pretty significant year for the H. Upmann brand, as in 2019 the brand celebrated its 175th anniversary, and as such got a number of celebratory cigars.

As a refresher, Hermann Upmann was a German banker who arrived in Cuba in 1843 on behalf of a German importer and exporter. He soon opened his own bank that focused on providing services to those in the tobacco industry, and then 1844 he bought a cigar factory and began producing cigars under his name. Beyond that, he is often credited with being the first to use labeled cigar boxes, both for his own brands and for those made by other cigar makers that he also sold.

This summer, Altadis U.S.A. released two cigars at the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, the H. Upmann Hispaniola by Jose Mendez and this cigar, the H. Upmann 175 Anniversary, which was blended by Abdel “A.J.” Fernández in collaboration with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros and rolled at his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Fernández crafted a Nicaraguan puro featuring a wrapper that comes from three-year-aged medio tiempo leaves—some of the highest on a tobacco plant—and which underwent a unique fermentation process where they were sandwiched between broadleaf tobaccos. This process slowed down the process and gave the tobacco a unique taste and elasticity, according to the company.

It’s available in a single 7 x 50 Churchill vitola that is priced at $18 but comes offered in two packaging formats. The first is a more traditional 10-count box with 14,750 boxes made, the second is a limited edition 50-count humidor, of which 50 humidors were produced.

Additionally, Altadis U.S.A. released a new line called H. Upmann Herman’s Batch in November that was designed to be a nod to the cigars of Upmann’s day.

As for the Cuban-made H. Upmann, the releases have been a bit more subdued, as the company began shipping the H.Upmann Propios Edición Limitada, which was part of the 2018 series, a few months ago.

Cigar Reviewed: H. Upmann 175 Anniversary
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
Wrapper: Nicaragaua
Binder: Nicaragaua
Filler: Nicaragaua
Length: 7 Inches
Ring Gauge: 50
Vitola: Churchill
MSRP: $18 (Boxes of 10, $180; Humidors of 50, $1,250)
Release Date: August 2019
Number of Cigars Released: 14,750 Boxes of 10 Cigars & 50 Humidors of 50 Cigars(150,000 Total Cigars)

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