Montecristo Cuban Cigars - Models, Tasting Notes & Ratings
The Montecristo brand was created in 1935 by Menendez, Garcia y Cia. The brand was named after the novel, The Count of Monte Cristo by French author Alexandre Dumas.
In recent years, the Montecristo roster has been expanded with the introduction of the Edmundo, Petit Edmundo, Petit No. 2 & Double Edmundo.
Montecristo Flavour Profile
The Montecristo brand is well known for it's distinctive 'twang' of nutty and bean flavours. However, additions to the brand in recent years, for example, the Petit Edmundo and Open Master have strayed away from the classic Montecristo flavour profile.
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.
The Montecristo A is the longest Cuban Cigar in current production, measuring in at 235mm. Each Cigar comes housed in a wood coffin, adorned with the Montecristo logo.
Due to the size and price point of the Montecristo A, finding one with at least ten years of age is relatively common.
Officially announced at the 2013 Habanos Festival, the Double Edmundo is one of two new releases under the Montecristo brand for 2013. The Double Edmundo is a Dobles, the factory name for a Cigar that is of fifty ring gauge and 155mm in length.
In early September, the La Casa Del Habanos in Montreal, Canada received a batch of the Montecristo Double Edmundos.
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Launched in 2004, the Edmundo is the newest Montecristo release in twenty or so years. Opinions were negative when the Edmundo was first released, however over time the quality of the Cigar improved and is now widely acclaimed amongst aficionados.
The smallest Montecristo in general production, the Joyitas has for a long time been a firm favourite amongst Cigar aficionados who are looking for a small twenty minute smoke.
Launched at the Hunters & Frankau Summer Party in June 2015, the Media Corona translates as "Half Corona", measuring in at 90mm in length and a 44 ring gauge.
The Media Corona follows the recent trend of short cigars, namely the H. Upmann Half Corona, which it shares it's vitola with.
One of the iconic Cuban Cigars, the Montecristo No. 2 is well known for it's size and torpedo shape.
Montecristo No. 2 box of ten
Introduced in mid-2000's, the Montecristo No. 2 packaged in boxes of ten gives the aficionado the option of purchasing this iconic cigar without breaking the bank by buying a full box of the more common twenty five count.
New Montecristo bands
In February 2015, shipments of the Montecristo No. 2 began to arrive in the Asia Pacific markets with the new Montecristo band, that was first introduced in 2013 with the Montecristo Double Edmundo and Petit No. 2.
Released for the Spanish market in May 2016, the jar will hold twenty seven Montecristo No. 3, each aged for five years. This release is limited to 2000 individually numbered jars. The earthenware jug is made by La Cartuja de Sevilla.
The inspiration for the artwork on the jar is from the design of both Partagas and Ramon Allones logos from the middle of the last century.
The world's biggest selling Cuban Cigar, the Montecristo No. 4 has suffered in recent years due to over production. Most criticism has been directed towards the fact that production is inconsistent, leading to issues towards the draw and flavour profile.
The Montecristo No. 5 has always been a somewhat forgotten member of the brand, however improvements in production in the last three years has meant that aficionado's have begun to fall in love with this small Cigar.
Released in 2006, the Petit Edmundo is the smaller brother of the Edmundo. What the Petit Edmundo makes up for in size is the explosive flavour characteristics. Medium in body, but full of flavour, the Petit Edmundo makes an excellent coffee Cigar.
The Petit No. 2 along with the Double Edmundo, are the two additions to the Montecristo range in 2013. Seen as the smaller version of the iconic No. 2, the Petit No. 2 was released around the second week of November 2013.
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A re-release of the 2000 Montecristo Robusto Limited Edition, this time in a 25 count wooden box as opposed to a 25 count dress box.
The Montecristo 520 has been to produced to celebrate 520 years since the discovery of tobacco.
The Montecristo 520 follows the trend of recent large ring gauged Montecristo limited editions after the Sublime and Grand Edmundo.
Edición Limitada 2016
As of January 2017 we are still awaiting release of the Montecristo Dantes. It has been reported that the Dantes will begin shipping mid to late February. The Dantes is the last of the three 2016 Limited Editions to be released, after the Romeo Y Julieta Capuletos and Trinidad Topes.
The second release of the Añejados project. Was announced in 2014 however as of March 2015 has not been released.