At the end of this month, Altadis USA will release a special limited edition offshoot under its H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez. The cigar is called H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez Finca La Lilia 2009. While it features the same components as the regular production H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez line, Finca La Lilia 2009 is different because it incorporates ten-year-old vintage tobaccos.
The blend features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Dominican Piloto Cubano fillers. In addition, the cigar incorporates the ten-year-old tobaccos from Fernandez’s La Lilia farm in Esteli Nicaragua. This is a farm named after Fernandez’s grandmother, who had raised him in Cuba after his parents emigrated to Nicaragua. The crop was planted in 2009 and Finca La Lilia 2009 represents tobaccos from the first crop out of that farm.
The cigar comes in one size – a 60 x 6 Magnum. It is presented in 20-count boxes. A total of 75,000 cigars (3,750 boxes) have been produced. Pricing is set at $12.00 per cigar or $240.00 per box. Shipping to retailers is slated for late September.
At a glance, here is a look at the H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez Finca la Lilia 2009:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98, including 10-year-old aged tobaccos from Fernandez’s La Lilia farm
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
Magnum: 60 x 6
Photo Credits: Altadis USA