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H. UPMANN CUBAN CIGARS

Such a famous brand with an intriguing history! The H. Upmann began in 1844 when a German banker, Herman Upmann began using specially imprinted boxes of cigars as promotional items. Thus the brand was born. Awarded seven gold medals in seven international exhibitions from 1862 to 1893, images of these appear on the interior of the box today. The brand was sold to the British firm of J. Frankau in 1922 and in 1935 to Mendez, Garcia y Cia, just prior to nationalisation. They are still made in the H. Upmann factory today, now known as Jose Marti. A famous request by John F. Kennedy of his press secretary, Pierre Salinger,to obtain cigars on the evening prior to the declaration of the American trade embargo in 1961, was for Petit Upmanns.

The quality of these cigars vary as to whether they are machine or hand made. Machine made being well accepted as the superior of the two. These fine cigars are smooth and mellow, enveloping the palate like a good Irish whisky.

No.2: CA 88, Magnum 46: CA 90, Connoisseur No.1: CA 89, Monarch: CA 89, Sir Winston: CA 89, Corona: CA 86, Lonsdale: CA 86, No.1: CA 84.

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