Top 25 Cigar Sweepstakes - Enter To Win A Box of the #1 Cigar!

Cigars

Cuban Montecristo 80 Aniversario Appears In Portugal, Still Missing In Market

Jan 11, 2016 | By Gordon Mott
Cuban Montecristo 80 Aniversario Appears In Portugal, Still Missing In Market

Don't get too excited if you've heard that the Montecristo 80 Aniversario cigar has launched into global markets. Although the new Montecristo made an appearance at Portugal's Habanos Day—a party thrown on November 28, 2015 by the Casa del Habano in Lisbon in conjunction with Habanos S.A., Cuba's cigar company—it's still nowhere to be found on the worldwide retail market.

No other retailers in the world have reported receiving any of these cigars. Ajay Patel, who owns a Casa del Habano in London, says not only has he not received any, but has been told that he may not receive any until "sometime in the first quarter of 2016."

Christoph Wolters, a Casa del Habano operator in Hamburg, Germany, says he hasn't seen any of the Montecristo 80th cigars either. And, Max Gutmann, who owns the distributorship for Cuban cigars in Mexico, says he wishes he had seen them, but nothing has reached his warehouses.

The Montecristo 80 Aniversario was a special release in 2015 as part of the Festival del Habano celebration for the brand's 80th anniversary. The cigar is a unique size to the Montecristo line, measuring 6 1/2 inches long by 55 ring (generically referred to as an Aniversario in Cuban cigar factories). It is adorned with a special, heavily gilded band created exclusively for this release. Cigar Aficionado smoked one that had been passed out at the festival's gala dinner, and it was a beautifully made, full-bodied smoke, even though it was still quite young. Our initial impression was that it would age very well.

According to Habanos S.A., production for the Montecristo 80 was limited to 30,000 boxes of 20, or 600,000 cigars.

This article first appeared in the January 5, 2016 issue of Cigar Insider.

Cuban Montecristo

More in Cigars

See all
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Gets Fat New Size

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Gets Fat New Size

The new addition is going to be big.

Jan 19, 2022
Ferio Tego Metropolitan Selection Shipping Now

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Selection Shipping Now

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Selection is shipping this week.

Jan 19, 2022
Espinosa and Guy Fieri to Release New Cigar

Espinosa and Guy Fieri to Release New Cigar

Guy Fieri has turned to cigarmaker Erik Espinosa to create his upcoming cigar brand.

Jan 18, 2022
Win a Free Box of the 2021 Cigar of the Year

Win a Free Box of the 2021 Cigar of the Year

Enter the 2021 Top 25 Cigar Giveaway Sweepstakes here.

Jan 6, 2022
Warped Goes Full-Bodied With Nicotina

Warped Goes Full-Bodied With Nicotina

Warped is adding a strong, new cigar to its typically balanced arsenal.

Jan 4, 2022
10 Must-Smoke Cigars For The Holiday Season

10 Must-Smoke Cigars For The Holiday Season

Make merry with 10 cigars that all impressed with 93 points or higher.

Dec 22, 2021
z