If you were at last month's Inter-tabac Fair in Dortmund, Germany, you may have had the opportunity to smoke the Cuban H. Upmann Connossieur A. It's a new cigar within H. Upmann's Connossieur Linea brand that will be shipping to cigar shops across the world in the next few weeks.
Measuring 5 1/2 inches by 52 ring, the Connossieur A is the same size as the Cohiba Maduro Genios (also classified as Genios in Cuban cigar factories) and is only the second cigar to occupy a place in H. Upmann's Connossieur Linea line—the Connossieur No. 1 being the only other vitola.
To better distinguish the Connossieur A from the core H. Upmann line, Habanos S.A., the brand's owner and distributor, has furnished the cigar with a new, eye-catching band. Although the band still incorporates H. Upmann's classic red-and-gold laurel design, it's been extended to include the words "Connossieur A" on a broad, gold background below the main logo.
Habanos S.A. told Cigar Aficionado that the H. Upmann Connossieur A is not replacing the H. Upmann Connossieur No. 1 (5 inches by 48 ring), but simply joining it, and they confirmed that the No. 1 remains in full production. When asked about the possibility of more Connossieur Linea line extensions in the future, Habanos responded that it’s too early to tell and nothing has been decided.
The company did, however, say that the new cigar is "aimed exclusively at Habanos specialists and La Casa del Habano franchise stores."
The H. Upmann Connossieur A cigars come packaged in slide-lid boxes of 25.