Montecristo 80th Anniversary Cigar Features Rare Dominican Tobaccos

Montecristo 80th Anniversary Cigar Features Rare Dominican Tobaccos

The iconic Montecristo brand turns 80 this year and Altadis U.S.A is celebrating the occasion with the Montecristo 80th Anniversary cigar. It's a 6 inch by 54 ring gauge, square-pressed cigar composed of rare Dominican tobaccos.

Made in the Dominican Republic at the large Tabacalera de Garcia factory, the cigar is rolled with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper and a Dominican Olor binder that Altadis said is from a 2010 crop harvested from the Villa Gonzalez farm. It was chosen for its sweet, floral qualities.

The most unusual tobacco, however, is a varietal that Altadis calls Pilotico. The seeds were planted in the Domincan Republic's Navarette region and although Pilotico grows with small leaves and a low agricultural yield, Altadis found the tobacco unique enough to merit a planting. This filler tobacco was cultivated specifically for the 80th Anniversary cigar. The blend is bolstered by stronger Nicaraguan Criollo '98 and Corojo '99 tobacco.

Montecristo 80th Anniversary cigars retail for $22 each and come in black, stained-oak boxes of 12 emblazoned with a fleur-de-lis. Only 3,000 of these 12-count boxes have been produced. Altadis has also produced 50 limited-edition humidors that contain 80 Montecristo 80th cigars. The humidors are constructed with the same black-and-silver motif. They launched in July at the IPCPR trade show.