The brand of Henri Wintermans cigarettes dates back to 1904 and is currently one of the best-selling tobacco brands in the world. The brand began as a family business, A. Wintermans & Sons, run by two Wintermans brothers, but soon became popular in the Netherlands. By 1934, brother Henry Wintermans left the family business and set up his own business specializing in cigar manufacturing and selling his products abroad.

The business was a success, and Henry Wintermans brand cigars quickly became a favorite in England and many European countries. After the end of World War II, Henry Wintermans’ son, Henry Wintermans, took over as head of the family business. Under his leadership, Henri Wintermans cigarettes were launched and remain popular today. Interesting fact: Although the Henri Wintermans cigarettes were initially created for the French market, five years later this cigar became the most popular cigarette in the world.

In 1966, Henri made a big deal when the company was sold to British American Tobacco for less than 2 million pounds, and Henri became head of British American Tobacco’s European division. By 1967, the brand had sold over 500 million cigarettes. By 1977, Henry Wintermans had become a major exporter of cigarillos, and by 1978 it was the most popular brand of cigarillos imported into the UK. Despite the success of the brand, BAT sold Henry Wintermans to Scandinavian Tobacco for 55 million pounds. Scandinavian Tobacco now produces all Henry Wintermans cigarettes, and the success of the brand has not been affected by the sale and is confidently ranked in the top five best-selling brands of Scandinavian Tobacco.

What are Henri Wintermans cigarettes?

Henri Wintermans cigarettes are one of the top five most popular cigar brands in the world. Henri Wintermans cigarettes are the truest cigarettes of all if you start with the idea of a “small cigar”. The format of the Panatella is exactly that of a slim cigar, similar in size to the Lonsdale. Despite being machine-made, Henri Wintermans cigarettes have quite the cigar structure. Natural tobacco leaves are used for the cover, chopped tobacco for the filler, and the only binding paper is a thin, unbleached paper of similar density to some papers used in spinning. Henri Wintermans cigarettes are currently composed of tobacco primarily from Indonesia, Brazil, and the Caribbean.