H. Upmann Connoisseur Series!
We love H. Upmann!
Dear fellow aficionados ,
Let’s cut to the chase: we love H. Upmann !
H. Upmann is not exactly a hip and sexy brand, but does know how to charm a fan. The fans especially appreciate the typical pure and elegant palette of the brand. No powerhouse, but a sophisticated elegant style . We like!
Maybe it has to do with the fact that the brand once has been owned by a British importer and that it is therefore more in line with the European palette. Who knows?
This question relates to the origin of the brand and there are several versions of this we don’t want you not to be informed of.
It has been published that “H. Upmann” refers to Herman Upmann . On the boxes there is also a signature "H. Upmann" with the exact words "This is my Signature" (in case you might wonder whose signature other than his it could be). Other authors argue then that the brand was founded by brothers Herman and August Upmann and that “H.” refers to Hermanos or the Upmann "brothers" . Furthermore, there are versions that say that the family name was actually "Hupmann" and since the " H" is not pronounced in Spanish it was just omitted. However, this comes in conflict with the line "This is my Signature".
Some people also claim that the (H) Upmann brothers were bankers . That seems to be incorrect. Supposedly it were the cousins who owned a bank.
Anyway in 1922 the brand got into the hands of the British. Bigots claim that this might have to do with the sequels of the First World War. Who knows?
Nevertheless, the brand has in all respects an eventful history behind it, and we look forward to the lecture on the history of the brand at the Habanos Festival.
If you cannot wait that long, you can already read the excellent article by Claudia Puszkar published in Cigar Journal . An absolute must read! Please, follow the link: http://www.cigarjournal.co/index.php/us/archive/habanos-corner/1452-ausgabe-12013--wenn-die-herkunft-zum-verhaengnis-wird-ndie-h-upmann-manufaktur
Following the upcoming lecture and the latest H. Upmann release, we are also happy not only to reflect on the brand but also to highlight the Connoisseur series.
We are tempted to say: "Everyone knows the H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1", but that is not the case . For some this cigar still remains undiscovered (quite undeservingly). However, the cigar for the last five years (except for 2012) has been attributed the maximum score of five bands in the French magazine L' Amateur de Cigare cigars. That qualifies as a record.
Following the H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 there is now a sequel to this one and immediately a new line. Fully in line with Cuban logic, no connoisseur No. 2 , but… an "A ", the H. Upmann Connoisseur A.
It is a La Casa del Habano exclusive and is therefore only available in a La Casa del Habano .
The Connoisseur A can safely be called the big brother of the "Connie No. 1". The Connoisseur No. 1 is indeed a Hermosos No . 4 (45 x 127), while the "Connie A" is a larger Genios (52 x 140) .
On the other hand, Cubans are again very consistent in their description. We recently discovered a cabinet H. Upmann Connossieur No. 1. We had never imagined that a sequel would mention the same whopping typo. Indeed, the first batch of H. Upmann Connoisseur A mentions both on the cabinets, the bands ànd the ribbons in huge letters Connossieur A! It has been confirmed that this typo will be put right but so far all deliveries we get mention Connossieur A. A nice gadget and perhaps unique.
Finally, we would like to mention that - in general - H. Upmann cigars age very nicely. In the beginning they are rather mild and bland , but as they get older they gain strength (+/- 5 years) and then after a period of +/- 10 year they become again milder, a bit tea-like.
In addition to the Connoisseur No. 1 and Connoisseur A , we find the following vitolas of H. Upmann highly recommendable:
Majestic : 105 Euros per 25
Half Corona ( ! ): 105 Euros per 25
Lonsdale: 350 Euros per 25
Noella ( ! ): 325 Euros per 25
Magnum 46 ( ! ): 285 Euros per 25
Magnum 48 EL2009: 350 Euros per 25
Magnum 50: 350 Euros per 25
Magnum 50: 660 Euros per 50
Robustos EL2012: 375 Euros per 25
Royal Robusto ( ! ): 110 Euros per 10
No. 2 ( ! ): 285 Euros per 25
Sir Winston Churchill: 525 Euros per 25
We have them all still available.
If interested do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help you out.
With habanophile regards ,
La Casa del Habano Knokke - Gent
Habanos 2014 releases!
While I'm starting to prepare my suitcases to leave for Havana and attend the XVI Habanos Festival I would like to share the latest update on the foreseen Habanos 2014 releases:
- Partagas Serie D N°6 - D NO. 6 (50 x 90)
- Hoyo de Monterey Le Hoyo de San Juan - Geniales (54x150)
- Trinidad Vigia - Torres (54 x 110)
- Romeo y Julieta Julieta - Julieta NO.6 (33 x 120)
- Quintero Petit Quinteros - Petit Cazadores (43 x 105)
- Selección Petit Robustos Mixed Brands - Petit Robustos (50 x 102)
La Casa Del Habano Exclusive:
- Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe - Gordito (50 x 141)
- Por Larranaga Picadores - Hemosos NO.4 (48 x 127)
- Cohiba Robustos Supremos - Magnificos (55 x 127)
- Partagas Selección Privada - Magnum 50 (50 x 160)
- Bolivar Super Coronas - Hermosos NO.3 (48 x 140)
- H. Upmann No.2 Reserva Cosecha 2010 - Piramides (52 x 156)
- H. Upmann Replica 2014 Humidor - Butifarra NO.2 (50 x 180)
There might stil be some changes but this info should be 90% correct.
New Bolivar Poderosos LCDH Knokke & Gent Jar!
4th exclusive jar - Limited production of 100 jars!
4th exclusive jar - Limited production of 100 jars!
LCDH Knokke & Gent are proud to announce the release of the 4th exclusive LCDH Knokke & Gent Jar limited to 100 pieces.
This time we selected the new Bolivar Poderosos Edicion Regionales Belux to honour Simon Bolivar and celebrate the opening of our new LCDH in Gent this year. Simon Bolivar is the 4th mythical person that was selected for our LCDH Knokke & Gent Jar series.
Simón Bolívar (1783 - 1830) was a military and political leader. Bolívar played a key role in Latin America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas. During his lifetime, he led Venezuela, Colombia (including Panama at the time), Ecuador, Peru (together with Don José de San Martín), and Bolivia to independence from the Spanish Empire.
In 1901, the Rocha Cuban Cigar Company began producing the outstanding brand 'Bolivar'. The range comprises full strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.. Named after this South America revolutionary General, the cigar is often compared to the character of the great General himself: strong, powerful and robust in every way. Today, Bolivar cigars are thought to be amongst the strongest, most full - bodied cigars produced in Cuba.
Special for the BeLux market, a special vitola, called the Rodolfo is launched and was selected for this unique limited production jar.
Length: 180 mm
Commercial name: Rodolfo
Factory name: Double Pyramid
Jar price: 750 Euro
Aficionado's that ordered the initial set have first right to select the identical nr to complete their series. Shipping is foreseen end of December. The jar can be found in the Collector Items part of the webshop.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more info.
Bolivar Libertador LCDH release!
We are proud to announce the release of the new Bolivar Libertador as an exclusive La Casa Del Habano product. Previously this beautiful cigar was released in boxes of 10 and 25 as the French Regional Edition in 2006 and 2007..
This Sublimes module with a ring of 54 and 164 mm length is now avaliable in limited quantities.
This "full flavoured" Bolivar Libertador comes in boxes of 10 and is available for the price of 153 Euro.
LCDH Gent opens May 16th
LCDH Gent opens May 16th in the "Limburgstraat 60, 9000 Gent"
On May 16,17,and 18 Ms. Ana Yansi , specially flown over from Havana will be rolling some "puros" for this special occasion.
On May 19 and 20 Ms. Ana Yansi will be present in LCDH Knokke.
We look forward welcoming you in Gent or Knokke during these days.
New @ LCDH Knokke & Gent: Petit Robustos
Habanos & LCDH Knokke - Gent introduce the Selección Petit Robustos presented in an elegant travel retail case: as only 5.000 boxes have been produced, these will surely become a valuable and special gift appreciated by Habanos enthusiasts, only available in the different points of sales for Duty Free and LCDH Knokke & Gent.
This beautiful case contains 10 Petit Robustos (50 ring gauge x 102mm in length), a vitola widely accepted by the Cuban cigar lovers in those late years.
This Selection includes five of the most prestigious Habanos brands: Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagás andH. Upmann.
The possibility of enjoying each brand's particular blend in a comparable format makes of this Petit Robustos Selection an attractive choice for those who want to enjoy a wide sample of the Habanos most prestigious brands flavours, in just 20 minutes. All these Habanos have made with the filler and binder leaves from Vuelta Abajo* (D.O.P) zone , in Pinar del Rio Region. Cuba
Brands: Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann
Commercial name: Seleccion Petit Robustos
Factory name: Petit Robustos
Price: 150 Euro
Measures: 50 Ring gauge (19,84mm x 102 mm in length)
Presentation: Special case of 10 units. 2 Petit Robustos of each
Production: Limited production of 5.000 boxes
Orders can be placed via our website in the LCDH Specialties corner.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more info.
New releases @ LCDH Knokke & Gent
LCDH Knokke & Gent are proud to present you 2 new releases in their offering.
1. Quintero Favoritos
Quintero is an interesting brand for those who like medium tast at a very interesting price. This brand doesn't originate from Havana but from Cienfuegos where Agustin Quintero was born.
The tobacco comes from the Vuelta Abajo and Semi Vuelta.
The Favoritos is a "vitola" that follows the trend of big and fat cigars.
Size: Cepo 50 with 115 mm length
Factory name: Concha No.2
Price: 75 euro for 25 cigars
2. Rafael Gonzalez Perlas
The history of the Rafael Gonzalez brand goes back till the thirties of the 20th century and the brand is renowned for changing the "vitola" called "Galera" Cervantes into Lonsdale, honouring Lord Lonsdale.
The tobacco is 100% Vuelta Abajo and has a mild taste following the trend of shorter smoking moments.
Size: Cepo 40 with 102 mm length
Factory name: Perlas
Price: 100 euro for 25 cigars
Please don't hesitate to contact us for additional info.
15th Habanos Festival
Dear fellow aficionado's,
The 15th Habanos Festival has reached an end.
Not only were these days exciting, but also very intense for us.
We got the confirmation of the new launches (see previous mailing) and could already taste them. The test specimens were freshly rolled, yet we have high expectations of the Montecristo Double Edmundo and especially of the Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva.
Apart from the classic auction at the gala dinner, we went through another auction. At the Hotel Nacional a giant humidor in the form of the hotel has been auctioned ... it is now being shipped to Belgium as you read these lines! The humidor will be the jewel of our new La Casa del Habano in Ghent.
The hotel has a Spanish-Moorish touch and is built with clear Art Deco influences. This has clearly influenced its famous hotel guests: celebrities like Johnny Weissmuller, Buster Keaton, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn, Marlon Brando and Ernest Hemingway. The guest list includes mobsters Santos Trafficante, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello. The reputation of the hotel was probably raised by guests like Winston Churchill and Alexander Fleming. Hotel Nacional is one of the few five star hotels in Havana.
The artist has, therefore, had a considerable task to complete which took him eight months.
The humidor itself included 150 cigars: 50 Cohiba Behike 52s, 50 Cohiba Behike 56s and 50 Romeo y Julieta Churchills.
So it will be soon be seen at our new Casa!
Following the festival, we had a real Harley-trip planned and we can proudly announce that Frederic and Hirochi Robaina received the wings of the Cuban Harlistas club from the hands of its President Luis Enrique!
An unforgettable Festival!
With habanophile greetings,
Dominique & Frédéric,
La Casa del Habano Knokke
What's up for 2013?
Dear fellow aficionado's,
As always, we keep our finger on the pulse.
Soon the 15th Habanos Festival will take place. During this festival, the new products for 2013 are being presented. Living up to your expectations as your trusted house of the best Habanos, we can lift the tip of the veil. Since some things have already leaked out, we happily share them with you.
The first thing that’s eagerly awaited for are the Limitadas for 2013. These Limitadas are actually not that limited anymore, but, on the other hand, are unique in that (since 2007) all leaves (wrapper, binder and filler) have been matured for two years. This gives the cigar in question a deeper flavor which makes classical milder marcas somewhat stronger.
- Hoyo de Monterrey after being out for a year is back in action and brings another Limitada: the Grand Epicure.It is not a tiny and new vitola: the Capuleto (52 x 162)
- Romeo y Julieta is already out of the running since 2009 and is back this year with a deluxe edition: the Romeo de Luxe. The corresponding format is a classic: the Campanas (52 x 140) This format, which we already know from the Bolivar Belicosos Finos, San Cristobal de la Habana La Punta, Sancho Panza Belicosos, actually already exists within Romeo y Julieta, meaning the Romeo y Julieta Belicosos. We are curious ...
- But what we are most curious about is the Punch Series d' Oro No. 2. It is the first time that Punch brings out a Limitada and that makes us, of course, curious. After the Series d' Oro No. 1 which came out in 2008 for the UK market, we may expect a sequel in 2013, the No. 2. The trend of short fatties is further shown in this new Limitada assigned format, a Montesco (55 x 130). This format is exactly the same one as the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. Hopefully, just as in the case of Ramon Allones, the old band used for the Punch Diademas Extra ER Italia will be used again. We'll see.
We are also looking very much forward to the new Gran Reserva. Le roi des havanes et le havane des rois, meaning the Partagas Lusitanias, receives this honor. An absolute classic in a 5-year-old jacket. More than promising!
Moreover, the regular segment of Montecristo could be further completed. After the Edmundo and the Petit Edmundo we may expect the Edmundo Superior. The line would also be further complemented by a Petit No. 2.
Furthermore, attention has been paid again to LCDH-exclusivos and there are even 2 exclusivos in the pipeline:
- The Bolivar Libertador, once a very successful regional edition for the French market, and the
- H. Upmann Connoisseur, which – judging from the reputation of the marca and the Connoisseur No. 1 - creates high expectations.
The Book Collection comes out with the Partagas Series E No.1., the sequel of the Series E No. 2- entirely reflecting Cuban “logic” -, about which rumors are circulating that it will be discontinued.
None of this is officially confirmed and we are very curious about what we’ll see and hear at the Festival.
We’ll keep you updated!
A tribute to world’s most popular cigar smokers of the 20th century!
Great people and Cuban cigars are in the past century irrevocably linked to each other. In honour of some unique personalities, La Casa del Habano Knokke developed in collaboration with portrait artist Jorg Schelfhout a set of jars. These show each a sketch of a well known smoker of the 20th century: Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro (ranking according to Cigar Afficionado). The cigars in the jar are in accordance with the preferred brand of the person depicted on the jar Artist Jorg Schelfhout feels an inexpressible impulsion that forces him to realize ideas in a concrete matter what stirs him inwardly. This is the source of the poetry that inspires most of his works. Each of his artworks is a compromise between sensory perception and extra - sensorial feelings. Together they build the indeterminate element in his work. In most of his works, Jorg reaches an extreme gravity, a borderline between dream and reality. .
Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchills (cepo 55 x 130 mm)
A 2010 release.
Price: € 495
JOHN F. KENNEDY
H. Upmann Robustos (cepo 50 x 124 mm)
A 2012 Edición Limitada release.
Cohiba 1966 (cepo 52 x 166 mm)
A 2011 Edición Limitada release (Linea Clásica), in honour of the 45th anniversary of Cohiba
Price: € 1.095
Price set: € 1.895
The jars are exclusive La Casa del Habano Knokke and are produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces each, available from mid - December 2012. Given the limited edition, we recommend making a reservation of your jar(s).
LCDH Exclusive new product: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe!
LCDH Knokke is proud to present you a new LCDH exclusive product: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe.
Factory name: Magicos
Measures: Ring Gauge 52: 2&,43mm x 115mm in length
Presentation: Slide lid box of 10 units for the price of 102 Euro
Limitadas 2012 and Cohiba Piramides Extra!
We finally received an update on presumed delivery dates and prices
were confirmed this week on the long expected Limitadas 2012 and Cohiba
- Cohiba Piramides Extra: Box of 10 - 280 Euro - Arrived
- H. Upmann Robusto EL 2012: Box of 25 - 312,5 Euro - Arrived!
- Partas C3 EL 2012: Box of 10 - 132 Euro - Arrived!
- Montecristo 520 EL 2012: Box of 10 - 190 Euro - Arrived!
Please don't hesitate to contact me for additional info.
July: Cigar of the month!
H. Upmann N°2!
As LCDH, we think it's important to highlight once in a while a module which is less known amongst the larger public.
The Piramides is one of them, a conic module with a pointy head which resembles a Pyramid. Very often, this module is being confused with a torpedo which is also a double figurado.
The most famous Piramides is without any doubt the Montecristo N°2, however Montecristo isn't the only brand which has a Piramides. H. Upmann also has a Piramides in its portofolio: the H. Upmann N°2.
The N°2 is the preferred number for Piramides. Diplomaticos has a N°2 (not available in BeNeLux) and the P2 from Partagas is also a Piramides. The only exception is Vegas Robaine which called its Piramides the Unicos.
Piramides are becoming "trendy" again, the module has been used for different Limitada's and we are expecting a new Piramides in September, the Cohiba Piramides Extra.
Although tastes differ most aficionado's agree that the H. Upmann N°2 is a more than worthy competitor of the Montecristo N°2 and even if the Montecristo N°2 is much more popular, "connaisseurs" from over the world prefer the H. Upmann N°2 over the Montecristo N°2!
Price/quality it's an excellent cigar, offering you 90 minutes of pleasure for 11 EURO per stick.
- H. Upmann N°2
- 52 x 156
- 11 EURO/stick or 275 EURO/box
May: Cigar of the month!
Hoyo de Monterrey Travel Humidor!
We have the Hoyo de Monterrey Travel Humidor available.This travel humidor in very nice white lacquer with the Hoyo de Monterey logo contains 15 Double Epicures.This vitola has been specially created for this travel humidor edition.
The Double Epicure has a ring gauge (cepo) of 50 and a length of 155 and is categorised as a Robusto Extra. The vitola de galera is the Dobles.
We are talking about a special edition which is limited in production. Only 4.000 were made of these beautiful lacquered travel humidors. Originally these were announced in 2010 for the Travel Retail, but they were released only last year.
Last month it was decided by Habanos Benelux to make those available for La Casa Del Habano Knokke. As this is a unique situation we are delighted to be able to offer you these humidors and unique cigars!
Price: € 270,00.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for additional info.
Review of the 14th Habanos Festival!
New vitolas for 2012!
End of last month we visited the 14th Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba! This Festival is being organised every year by Habanos and it gives the opportunity to visit the tobacco fields and cigar factories which are normally not open to the public. Next to those extraordinary visits most new products launched in 2012 were presented during this beautiful event!
First of all the Cohiba Linéa Classica is being extended with a Piramides. In the previous years Cohiba presented a Piramides in the Millenium release and two times in the Limited Edition series. This year we can expect the Cohiba Piramides Extra with a new cigar band which is a combination of the classic Cohiba cigar band and the Behike cigar band. I've tasted one on the release night and I must say, it's a winner!
The Romeo y Julieta family also presented a new vitola in the Churchill - line. Next to the Churchill, the Short Churchill and the Wide Churchill we are happy to welcome the Petit Churchill. I also had the opportunity to tase this one and I must say this is a full bodied petit robusto!
Jar collectors among us will be happy to know that San Cristobal de La Habana is launching the Torréon.
Next to all these new releases we were also presented the 1st Limitada 2012: the Montecristo 520. This impressive cigar with a ring of 55 is released to celebrate the discovery of the new world 520 years ago.
The two other Limitadas 2012 which will be presented later this year are:
- Upmann Robusto
(1.000 boxes were for sale during the festival but without the Limitada bands)
- Partagas C No.3
La Gloria Cubana Belux N.1!
Available as of Monday 13/2!
Since a couple of yearsHabanos offers the possibility to selected importers around the world to develop exclusive "regional" editions. After 5 Benelux Exclusivos:
- Ramon Allones Specially Selected Gran Robusto (2007/2008)
- Punch Royal (2009)
- Bolivar Fabulosos (2009)
- Fonseca N.4 (2010
- Juan Lopez N.3 (2010)
There is now for the first timea Habano exclusive for Belgium and Luxemburg, the La Gloria Cubana Belux N.1!
LGC is a jewel within the Habanos brands but relatively unknown to thelarger public. The brand was introduced in 1885 and has a rich history which was recently completed by the LGC Inmensos exclusivo LCDH and now with the Belux N.1.
For the LGC Belux N.1a Genios module as vitola was selected with a Cepo 52 and a length of 140mm. This vitola was year to date only used for the Cohiba Maduro Genios.
This one off andlimited production is being offered in 3.500 boxes of 10 cigars. This unique release is of course the Cigar of the month February.
Orders canbe placed via our website our via email@example.com.