Montecristo 80 Aniversario, Cuban Cigar Information
Unveiled at the Friday Night Gala of the 2015 Habanos Festival, the 80 Aniversario Montecristo is a special release to commemorate 80 years of the Montecristo brand. This commemorative release comes in special lacquered boxes of twenty, with each cigar being adorned with two new bands. The Montecristo logo on the band is fully finished in a gold, with the second band sporting the wording "80 Aniversario".
As of May 2016, there has been no word on when the 80 Aniversario will be released. It's almost as if Habanos S.A. have totally forgotten about this cigar!
Guests as the Friday night gala were each given a box of the Montecristo 80 Aniversario. Each box, in Habanos Festival tradition, contained three 80 Aniversario.
My view on the Montecristo 80 Aniversario
Back in June / July 2014, when news leaked that there would be some kind of Montecristo special release, specific information regarding the cigar was thin on the ground. Now that the cigar has been unveiled at the 2015 Habanos Festival, some interesting unique attributes regarding the 80 Aniversario may make this a sought after collectors item.
Firstly, the presentation of the cigar looks very professional with the golden band along with the packaging. Montecristo traditionalists will probably be bemoaning the fact that the again the band has been "tampered" with. Although it is very doubtful that this new golden band will be used in any future regular or limited edition Montecristos. This band will no doubt be compared with the bands that new-world cigars are usually adorned with.
Secondly, it seems like that Habanos are starting to release certain special releases outside the Edicion Limiteda and La Casa del Habanos lines. It’s currently unclear how the Montecristo 80 Aniversario and other announced releases such as the club kings and media corona fit in the Habanos S.A. portfolio. Are they going to be marketed in the same was as the H. Upmann Connie A, where they are available for specialist Habanos outlets, or are they going to be some special limited edition run that will be produced year on year in very low quantities? If so, then you can’t really produce the 80 Aniversario in 2016 as the cigar will be technically commemorating 81 years of the Montecristo brand...
From what I’ve seen of the 80 Aniversario from the recent Habanos Festival, I have no doubt that this will be the release of 2015 for normal aficionados like myself who can only afford regular and the odd limited production release.