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Upmann Depositing Banker in Humidors This Month

G. Clay Whittaker
Posted: April 7, 2014

The newest H. Upmann line from Altadis U.S.A. Inc. is heading to humidors, and it pays a unique tribute to the man behind the brand, a banker named Herman Upmann.

Upmann created for his best friends and customers a unique Cuban tobacco blend more than 170 years ago. The Banker by H. Upmann tips its visor to the original blend with Cuban-seed tobaccos that are meant to replicate the style of the cigars of old.

Altadis wove a yarn for the blend centering on the Upmann family's banker origins: how in 1844 Herman Upmann traveled to Cuba to found a new branch for the family bank, where he incidentally "created an exceptionally unique cigar, and securely locked it away in their vaults to be gifted only to their most important clients." The bank may have burnt out in 1922, but the cigar brand has become known the world over, with versions produced inside and outside of Cuba.

H. Upmann Banker cigar.

Now Altadis has created a blend hearkening to the original with all Cuban-seed tobaccos. Wrapped with an Ecuador Habano wrapper, each size of the Banker is blended with Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers and a Nicaraguan binder.

Banker comes in three sizes: Annuity at 8 inches by 52 ring gauge, Arbitage at 7 by 56, and Currency at 5 1/2 by 48. Each cigar comes wrapped in an oversized band meant to resemble the American dollar, with regal, green and gold bands at either end.

Prices will range between $7 and $8.40 per cigar. The line is expected to ship this month. Look for more information and a rating in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.

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Comments   8 comment(s)

Chris Borkowski — Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  —  April 7, 2014 6:45pm ET

These Cuban rip-offs by Altadis always have to have some gimmick don't they? Either some stupid packaging or some dumb story. What does the history of a fine Cuban brand like H.Upmann have anything to do with these scam artists who simply stole the brand?

Peter Loman — Calgary, Alberta, Canada,  —  April 7, 2014 10:54pm ET

Did Altadis steal the brand or buy it from a Cuban expat who was dispossessed of his business during the revolution and re-established in the USA? All three countries from which this blend are sourced produce some fine tobacco. Does the packaging matter?

Kevin Shah — Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia,  —  April 8, 2014 4:29pm ET

Correct me if I'm wrong but Altadis is owned by Imperial Tobacco which owns 50% of Habanos S.A. so technically they didn't steal anything.

Marc Lewis — Macon, Georgia, United States,  —  April 8, 2014 5:51pm ET

Forget the mud-slinging. If the tobacco wasn't grown in Cuba the cigar won't taste like a Cuban cigar.

Shawn Watson — Brookville, PA, USA,  —  April 8, 2014 9:11pm ET

Try some Cuban Upmans and you will never buy the gimmick cigars again. Just my honest opinion.

Marc Lewis — Macon, Georgia, United States,  —  April 8, 2014 11:52pm ET

For clarification, (just because it drives me crazy every time I see it),"Cubanesque" translates as; "Has a name or band similar to, but tastes nothing like, an actual Cuban cigar". Though the Dominican Upman's do make an serious effort to recreate the originals they still fail. Wrong soil.

Alejandro Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA,  —  April 10, 2014 3:16pm ET

"Exceptionally unique?" Who writes their copy?

Guy Buscema — Calvisson, Gard, France,  —  April 24, 2014 4:18pm ET

Dear everyone,
Cuba may be Communist,or It can be anything else, It will ALWAY have the best Tobacco in the world and there's nothing anyone can do about THAT, Not even an N.C. saying what they want.

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