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Montecristo Epic Hits Store Shelves

David Savona
Posted: July 25, 2012

A bolder, artistically packaged Montecristo from the Dominican Republic is now in cigar shops. Montecristo Epic, a cigar made with tobacco dating back to 2007, began shipping to tobacconists earlier this month.

The brand extension comes in three sizes, with a third, limited-edition size following later in the year. Described as the fullest-bodied Montecristo in the entire Altadis U.S.A. Inc. portfolio, Montecristo Epic is made with a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos (some of it grown in 2007) a Nicaraguan binder and Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, one of the most popular wrapper varieties being used today.

Cigar Insider smoked a sample of the cigar, which had an earthy quality and a peppery flavor. It definitely tasted fuller bodied and fuller flavored than most Dominican Montecristos, and it held a beautiful, extremely solid ash. Altadis says the cigars—which are made at its Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd. factory in La Romana, Dominican Republic, are rolled by an elite group of cigarmakers it calls “Grupo de Maestros.”

The cigars will come in Robusto, Toro and Churchill vitolas, with suggested retail prices of $12 to $14. A limited-edition No. 2 will be added later in the year.

Product shot of Montecristo Epic cigar box.

The cigars are packed in beautiful and extremely colorful boxes. There’s a large, outer cardboard box of canary yellow, red and gold, with an oversized “MO” for Montecristo. The glossy inner box, ultra sleek and heavily varnished, features the same design. Inside are ten cigars cradled in slots custom made for the shape, with secondary gold, yellow and brown bands beneath a punched up version of the original Montecristo band. Each box comes with a signed certificate, showing the lot number, cigar rollers and group of inspectors behind the creation of the cigar.

This is the second bold looking redo of a major Altadis brand, following the spring release of Romeo by Romeo y Julieta, which was packed in very bright red and white boxes. Like the Montecristos, those Romeos were also made with Ecuadoran Habano wrappers.

The regular Altadis Montecristo, sometimes referred to as Montecristo Yellow, is quite mild, with a Connecticut-shade wrapper. There are several other varieties. Montecristo is the linchpin in the Altadis U.S.A. brand portfolio, although it makes more Romeo y Julietas.

Look for a tasting of the new line in an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.

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Comments   6 comment(s)

Eugene Borowski — Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.,  —  July 26, 2012 12:34pm ET

Call me skeptical.

When I first started smoking Hecho a Mano, MC was my go to cigar. However, over the years I've really become disenchanted with the brand. In my humblest of opinions Montecristo has become bland and flavorless to the point where they are just unsmokable. Of course YMMV.

$12-$14 for a Robusto? Pass.......


Frederick Amodeo — Bellport, New York, USA,  —  July 26, 2012 12:50pm ET

I'm hoping that these Montecristo's are as good as the new RO Me O cigars. Looking forward to trying them out.


Jose Seijas July 30, 2012 8:01am ET

Interesting comments:
in my years of working with Altadis, Montecristo yellow was always the same. We used the same tobaccos from the days it was introduced. Around Montecristo Yellow, the version first launched in the DR, many line extensions were created: White, introducing Nicaraguan fillers mixed with Dominican Pilotos, Olor filler taken out, The Platinum, with a new blend incorporating a proportion of Peruvian fillers together with the Nicaraguan and Dominican Piloto. The original blend, when the Garcia family moved to the Canary island was a combination of Dominican Piloto, Olor and Brazil fillers. The Canary Island version was very mild as well, if compared with the new vesions of today. This mild blend dominated the market for many years in a brand called Montecruz tha also had a Cameoon wrapper.
I think Frederick Amodeo will like the Montecristo Epico. I liked better the Romeo, but the opinions I have heard are divided.
I hope this is helpfull, that is my intention...
saludos
Jose Seijas


Brad Mark — Henderson, Nevada, USA,  —  July 31, 2012 4:27pm ET

Right now, Epic is my favorite cigar in 2012. It's the BEST (shall I say, "most epic") Montecristo that I have smoked in years! Well done.


Tony McCarthy January 20, 2013 9:57pm ET

In MExico, the Montecristo open series is my favorite affordable cigar, dos xx when Im feeling flush... but in the US, its hard to find a great cigar, I find the Ashton cabinet to be pretty good, or sometimes the Diamond crown, but thats variable...., just smoked my first epic and I love it.... aromatic and flavorful.... man I could eat it!


José Ovalles January 25, 2014 6:39am ET

The ÉPIC IS A GREAT CIGAR, WITH ALL MY RESPECT , I TRY TO RESPECT CIGARS, BECAUSE ALL CIGAR FACTORIES TRY, WANT TO MAKE THE BEST CIGAR FOR THE CONSUMER, ONE MAKE IT, OTHERS DON'T...BUT THAT IS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TASTE ,, NOT FOR EVERYBODY, I' D LIKE TO RESPECT EACH CIGAR USING DIFFERENT AND RESPECTABLE WORDS ..A SMOKE OF FRIENDSHIP FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, THE CIGAR COUNTRY..


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