2020 marks the 85th anniversary of the Montecristo brand – and Altadis USA has announced a cigar to commemorate the occasion with the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua. It’s described as a collaboration between the famed Grupo de Maestros, Tabacalera USA Director of Product Capability Rafael Nodal, and master blender AJ Fernandez.
The first Montecristo was produced back in 1935 and with the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua, it is described by Altadis USA as using a blend of aged tobaccos meant to pay homage to the original tobaccos used in the first Montecristo cigar.
In the end, the blend consisted of 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos produced in four soft-pressed sizes: Toro (6 x 54), No. 2 (6 1/8 x 52), Churchill (7 x 52) and Demi (5 1/2 x 46). Each is presented in 10-count boxes except the Demi which is in 20-count boxes. According to Cigar Aficionado production for the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua is being handled out of AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano factory in Ocatel, Nicaragua.
“To honor the age-old tradition of soft-pressing cigars, the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua will be introduced as a soft-pressed series of four sizes,” commented Nodal in a press release, “The cigar offers a luxury showcase from seed to smoke that combines classic craftsmanship and extra-aged estate tobaccos from Nicaragua’s best growing regions.”
The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua is scheduled to arrive at retailers in November.
Blend and Origin
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: San Lotano
Demi: 5 1/2 x 46
Toro: 6 x 54
No. 2: 6 1/8 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 52
Photo Credits: Altadis USA