Get 1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for Just $14.95 + A Free Gift!

Cigars

Montecristo 80th Anniversary Cigar Features Rare Dominican Tobaccos

Aug 20, 2015 | By Gregory Mottola
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.

 

Dominican Republic Montecristo (Non-Cuban)

More in Cigars

See all
Arturo Fuente Creates Distribution Partnership in Spain

Arturo Fuente Creates Distribution Partnership in Spain

Arturo Fuente cigars has expanded its international footprint.

Apr 16, 2021
Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade Coming in May

Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade Coming in May

The new line features a shade-grown wrapper from Brazil.

Apr 13, 2021
Malaysia Gets Its First Regional Cuban

Malaysia Gets Its First Regional Cuban

The San Cristobal de La Habana Harimau Malaya is a Regional Edition cigar made exclusively for the …

Apr 9, 2021
Caldwell’s Lost & Found to Release Aged Cigars for Charity

Caldwell’s Lost & Found to Release Aged Cigars for Charity

A trio of Dominican limited-editions are expected to start reaching retailers at the end of the month.

Apr 6, 2021
General Cigar Launching Miami-Made Cohiba

General Cigar Launching Miami-Made Cohiba

General Cigar Co. is coming out with a new Miami-made cigar called Cohiba Serie M.

Apr 5, 2021
Arturo Fuente Rare Pinks Rated by Cigar Insider

Arturo Fuente Rare Pinks Rated by Cigar Insider

Now we know what these cigars taste like, as Cigar Insider has rated the entire line.

Apr 5, 2021