In the first decades of the 19th century, the city of Havana experienced a boom in the production of cigars, which were exported in large quantities to the important markets of England, Germany, France, Denmark, North America and Spain.
Hermann Dietrich Upmann had arrived in that city at the end of 1839, together with his brother August, from Bremen, Germany. Once installed, they decided to produce their own cigars and in 1844 the name H. Upmann appeared for the first time, which, over the years and with the preference of consumers, became one of the most famous and appreciated brands in the world.
The Upmann brothers were pioneers in the cigar industry, recognized as innovative manufacturers. They were credited with having been pioneers in the use of rings to identify cigars, and of the lithographed images that decorated the drawers where the cigars were stored. In addition, they revolutionized transport and distribution because they were one of the first to use cedar boxes to store and transport their cigars, a system that allowed them to preserve their quality, freshness and adequate humidity on the long journeys they traveled to Europe.
Since its appearance on the market and until the beginning of the 20th century, H. Upmann obtained important recognitions that boosted its prestige worldwide: between 1862 and 1907, it received a dozen gold medals in different international exhibitions, which they began to be use in the boxes where the cigars were sold and, over time, became the identity of the brand.
Like almost all cigars of Cuban origin, H. Upmann continued to be manufactured outside of Cuba, despite the fact that the Fidel Castro regime confiscated the company and the brand since he took power in the middle of the last century. Since then there have been two versions. The Cuban version is manufactured today in the Jose Marti factory, formerly known as La Madama, one of the largest cigar factories of the late 19th century, which was renamed in 1960.
The non-Cuban version, which is the one that is sold in the US market, is made under the leadership of Altadis USA, both in the production plants operated by this large company in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, and in Nicaragua, where production is made in partner factories.
Almost two centuries have passed since the H. Upman brand was born, a name that has made history in the world of tobacco. Today, it is one of the oldest and most trusted premium cigar brands produced, keeping its excellence and quality intact. Once known exclusively for their smooth, flavorful smokes, these cigars have added many extensions to their growing portfolio, offering the smoker many flavors and strong options.