The Montecristo brand turns 85 this year and Altadis U.S.A. is celebrating the milestone with the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua, a softly-pressed line of cigars made entirely from Nicaraguan tobaccos.
“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,” said Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Tabacalera USA, Altadis’ parent company.
These soft-pressed cigars do not have the sharp angles and defined corners of trunk-pressed cigars (which are formed in slotted wooden trays), but are not completely round, either. Rather, the cigars look as though they were traditionally box-pressed—a method where round cigars are packed tightly into their own dress boxes and then compacted by a hand press. The result is a squarish appearance.
Made by A.J. Fernandez at his San Lotano factory in Ocotál, Nicaragua, Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua is composed of tobacco grown by Fernandez and comes in four sizes: Churchill, measuring 7 inches by 52 ring gauge ($17.50); No. 2, at 6 1/8 by 52 ($16.43); Toro, 6 by 54 ($15.95); and Demi, 5 1/2 by 46 ($10.40). All come in 10-count wooden boxes save for the Demi, which comes in boxes of 20.
Nodal said the tobaccos in the blend are aged longer than usual, but didn’t specify any further.
The cigars are scheduled to hit the market in the latter part of next month.