Maria Guerrero is a Cuban brand created in 1930* by José Rodriguez Fernández « Don Pepin » (owner of the Roméo Y Julieta factory). Its name is a tribute to a famous Spanish actress.
Maria Guerrero has become a sister brand to Roméo Y Julieta. At the time of the revolution, the brand had 25 vitolas**.
According to a 1969 catalog there were at least 9 references, 8 in 1971, and only 2 (machine made) in 1976, including the Favoritas in Cedro. The brand still appears in a price list from 1981 but no longer in the Cubataco catalog from 1983.
These Maria Guerrero were made shortly before the 60s and discontinued in the early 80s.
The Favoritas en Cedro is a machine-made Petit Corona 40 x 125 (4.9″) individually wrapped in a cedar leaf and presented in a « dress box » of 25 cigars. Packaging similar to that seen on Coronitas en Cedro or Cedros de Luxe at Roméo Y Julieta.
Box from 1968
A few rings illustrating the rich past of the brand.
You can find here a video of tasting of this cigar published on 05/01/2018 by Dave DUDE.
Partial old cuban box of 25 cellophaned H.UPMANN Aromaticos, machine made version.
2 versions of Aromaticos existed, here it’s the Petit Coronas one (40 × 117 mm).
Note bands of cigars from this boxe are marked with the name of the vitola.
Probably late 70’s.
Herman UPMANN was a German banker whose love for cuban cigars led him to settle in Havana in 1844 and found a bank and a Habanos factory in this city.
Over time, the bank closed, but his brand of cigars persists today as an example of the most refined Habanos medium strength flavour. All its vitolas are made “Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga “– Totally handmade with Long Filler.
The gold medals adorning the H. UPMANN box were obtained in no less than eleven international fairs throughout the nineteenth century, as a reward for the brand’s quality and inimitable aroma. Source : Hananos.com