The H.Upmann brand of cigars has filler blended from a premium brand of tobacco from Brazil and the Dominican Republic with the binder made from tobacco leaves grown also in The Dominican Republic. The cigar is wrapped by hand with a premium wrappers brought from Indonesia. The H.Upmann brand of cigars is famous for the smooth taste and mild flavor which a smoker demands. The cigar is very easy to hold between your lips or your fingers.
The H.Upmann brand of cigars has a rich past and is one of the survivors in the cigar industry. The brand has won many rewards which are depicted on the band of the cigars. This brand is perfect for those of you who are trying to find a cigar with an affordable price and which is classy with a medium flavor. The Classic variety of the H.Upmann brand of cigars can always be found stored in the humidors of the connoisseurs.
The Reserve variety of the H.Upmann brand of cigars is a full sized cigar which is perfect for a smoker who likes cigars with thick smoke. It has a flavor which is stronger than that of a classic variety of cigar. The cigar is made by molding it under pressure and wrapped with broadleaf brought from Connecticut with a filler composed of a blend of the topmost varieties of tobacco leaves grown in Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic. This variety of cigars gives the best value for money and is worth every farthing of the money spent on it. It is for these reasons that the American company called Altadis has given the brand the name of Upmost Upmann.
During the rituals held by the Mayans especially during religious and social functions, they used to smoke tobacco leaves wrapped with the leaves from plants and called these smoking exercises as “sikar”. The word “sikar” was changed to “cigarro” after being adopted by the Spanish which ultimately became “cigar” with the passage of time.
Columbus found that the local tribes in Cuba were in the habit of smoking tobacco rolled in leaves when he landed there in1492. As he spent more time on the islands was surprised to see a large of tribes from both North America and Mexico were having the same habit. This habit was adopted by the Spanish soldiers and imported to the old world where smoking soon became a part of these cultures. The Portuguese and the British people soon followed suit but the Spaniards were the first to smoke tobacco in the form of cigars as we call it now.
Vast areas of the Caribbean and Virginia country sides were allotted to growing tobacco when the demand for tobacco went up and the farmers got interested to grow crops of tobacco plants lured by the large margins of profit it offered.
Britain failed in its attempt to conquer Cuba from the Spanish in 1762, but a soldier with name of Israel Putnam carried back home some tobacco seeds from Cuba to England and planted them there. This was the start of growing tobacco in Connecticut in Britain which soon became a tradition there and the Connecticut broadleaf tobacco was born.
After the end of the American Revolution a large number of factories for making cigars sprung up in the United States with the growing popularity of smoking cigars. This popularity get a boost when famous people like Ulysses Grant started patronizing the smoking of cigars. The media at that time covered the advent of the cigar into modern culture widely and were all praise for the cigar in their reviews.
The people of Cuba have been with smoking tobacco much before Columbus landed on its shores. Since those early days Cuba has been regarded as a producer of the best cigars in the world and it has been able to retain its top position for growing the best tobacco leaves and use them to make the best cigars which are loved by cigar smokers all over the world.
The H.Upmann brand of cigars was named after the Hermann and August Upmann who founded the company known as H.Upmann Cigars during 1844. The factory was situated in Havana and was called Jose Marti. The H.Upmann brand of cigars became a favorite to the smokers and gained a lot of popularity before the 19th century was over. The level of popularity is shown by the number of medals which it had won.
The brand was sold to a company named J Frankau by the Upmann family in 1920. The brand was with this company for some years when it was again sold to another company in 1935 called Garcia, Menendez y Cia. While the revolution in Cuba was going on, the production of the H.Upmann brand of cigars was carried on by this company. The company came out with the Montecristo variety of the H.Upmann brand of cigars which gave birth to another famous brand called Montecristo.
The popularity of the H.Upmann brand of cigars was so huge that it was produced continuously under its own brand name.
The introduction of machines into the production of cigars also made its mark on the cigar industry. The cigars were normally rolled by hand till 1920 and the volume of production was low. With the machines taking over the production process the volume of cigar production increased by almost 98% by the end of 1950 leaving the production of cigars rolled by hand far behind. Presently cigars rolled by hand have become luxury items.
The popularity of the cigar smoking peaked in the United States after pictures of JF Kennedy showed him smoking cigars in a large number of shots. As a matter of irony, Kennedy was the person behind the imposition of the trade embargo on Cuba when Fidel Castro befriended Russia over the United States after becoming the president of Cuba and after taking actions which were adverse to American interests in Cuba.
With the imposition of the trade embargo by the United States on Cuba, the import of all products made in Cuba to the United States was banned. Garcia and Menendez decided to shift the factory out of Cuba as the brand was in great demand in the American market. At first they shifted the factory to the Canary Islands and then to the Dominican Republic.
This step helped the H.Upmann brand of cigars to maintain its proximity to the American market and keep on catering to the American smokers. Today the H.Upmann brand of cigars is manufactured by a company named Altadis located in the United States. Even though the smokers in America are deprived of the Cuban version of the H.Upmann brand of cigars due to the ban, Altadis has filled the gap and has been the main source of the H.Upmann brand of cigars for the American smokers. Presently the factory in the Dominican Republic makes these cigars with the best tobacco leaves grown in the Dominican Republic to maintain the high standards demanded by the smokers of H.Upmann cigars.