At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, Altadis USA launched new line called the Montecristo Artisan Series. The Montecristo Artisian Series is described as a limited edition series of cigars incorporating tobaccos from a private batch of some of Altadis’ best tobacco. The first cigar of this line made its debut, the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1.

The Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 was blended by three members of Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros team: Pedro Ventura, a Product Development Manager at Tabacalera de Garcia who has 18 years experience in premium cigars; Nestor Rodriguez, the Tobacco Operations Manager at Tabacalera de Garcia who has 36 years experience in the cigar industry; and Joel Alvarenga, the Operations Manager at the company’s Honduran Flor de Copan factory who has two decades experience. To make the cigar, the Grup de Maestros brought an experienced pair in Javier Martin (Bonchero) and Luis Garcia (Master Roller).


As for the cigar, the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and a combination of Dominican and Honduran filler. All of the tobaccos were selected by Ventura, Rodriguez, and Alvarenga. The Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 is available in one size – a 6 x 54 Toro. It is packaged in 15 count boxes and a total of 40,000 cigars have been produced.

“With only 40,000 cigars in production, we anticipate this batch will be among our most coveted, collected cigars,” commented Altadis in a press release.

At a glance, here is a look at the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1:

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Honduran
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Vitolas Available

As mentioned, the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1, the cigar will be available in one size – a 6 x 54 Toro.