In compliance with regulations, the new cigar was presented at a hybrid event attended by a small round of experts in the fireplace room of the Berlin restaurant Sage, which was streamed live on www.5thavenue.de. Under the entertaining moderation of Kim Fisher, the event, attended in person by the cigar lovers Dagmar Elmer, David Rollik and Gerhard Heimsath, also welcomed the virtual attendance of the Cuban ambassador, H.E. Ramon Ignacio Ripoll Díaz, the spirits expert Jürgen Deibel and the owners of Saarbrücken, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf (Benden).
The Berlin chocolatier Sabine Dubenkropp as well as Bárbara Leyva and Christoph Puszkar from 5THAvenue were also among the guests. The singer Lien de Cuba added zest to the event with Cuban rhythms.
A total of 350 customers of La Casas del Habano, Habanos Specialists and Habanos Point dealers, as well as trade journalists and influencers from Germany, Austria and Poland, had the opportunity to taste the new cigar through a pleasure package sent in advance, accompanied by a Williams pear brandy from the Ziegler fine fruit distillery and a specially selected chocolate from the 2015/2016 German chocolate master Sabine Dubenkropp.
The presented cigar format has been given the production name “Bohemio”. With a length of 134 mm and a ring gauge of 51, this slightly enlarged Robustos is unique in the Habanos range, as it heralds the first time ever that a Vitola with a ring gauge of 51 is featured in the Habanos range. With the name H.Upmann Connossieur No.2, it complements the Connossieur series of the traditional brand, which was launched in 1844.
Connoisseur No.1 was introduced in the 1960s, at that time with the correct spelling of the French word meaning “aficionado” or “gourmet”. Why the “i” now stands behind the double s is not known; the same spelling has been used for the two formats Connossieur A and B; Both are exclusively available only in the Casas del Habano and at Habanos Specialists.
The brand H.Upmann has a special relationship to Germany. Its founder Hermann Hupmann was a banker from Germany who appreciated Cuban cigars so much that he moved to Havana in 1844, where he worked as a banker and cigar maker. His bank had to close shortly after 1920, but his cigars live on to this day as an excellent example of a Habano of light to medium-bodied taste. This typical taste can also be found in the new H.Upmann Connossieur No.2.