Note: The IPCPR Series is not over yet, but we are approaching the end of the cigar previews.  While I expect most of the content going forward with initial assessments (Pre-Reviews, Reviews) of the new cigars, there are still a few previews I want to highlight. 

One notable item that came from Altadis USA at IPCPR 2011 was the launch of a reblended H.Upmann 1844 Reserve.  In particular there have been major changes to the blend.   The price point is still expected to be in the $5.00 range.  I apologize in advance for not having a photo.

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican

This is basically an entirely new cigar with the same name with very different tobaccos. The old blend was as follows:

Discontinued Blend
Wrapper: Indonesian
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican and Brazilian

Vitolas Available

I have only been able to confirm five sizes for the new H.Upmann 1844 Reserve.  I’ve heard there may be more, so I will keep an eye on this.  These cigars will be sold in boxes of 20.

Toro: 6 x 54
Belicoso: 6 1/8 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 50
Robusto: 5 x 50
Corona: 5 1/2 x 44

The cigar is being advertised as a medium strength offering. Stay tuned as I will have try to provide more information (as well as sample this cigar) in the future.