One of the oldest cigar brands in production in Cuba, H. Upmann was founded by Hermann Dietrich Upmann, a German banker who, in 1843, came to the island on business. However, Upmann saw more potential for further importing opportunities. So he bought a cigar factory in Havana under the brand name ‘H.Upmann’ in 1844. Since then, H. Upmann has been enjoyed by many cigar aficionados, including JFK.
Due to early establishment as a cigar house, many people suggest that Upmann was the first to begin using cedar boxes to pack cigars, giving them their spicy woody flavors.
One of their most popular cigars is the H.Upmann Magnum 50. This classic Double Robusto is made with tobacco sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba, giving it strong flavors of espresso, chocolate, and cedar with plenty of nutty notes.
In its long, illustrious history, H. Upmann has been through many highs and lows, such as being placed on the ‘US enemy trade list’ in World War I for hosting undercover German agents in H. Upmann banks across Latin America and Europe. Due to H. Upmann's arrest and charges, the company went bankrupt. But the brand has had several different owners since then, and today H. Upmann remains one of the world’s most famous and respected cigar brands.