When Altadis released the Montecristo Espada in 2014, it marked the first time a Montecristo was made with only Nicaraguan tobacco. The cigar was created in collaboration with the Plasencia family. The following year, Montecristo Espada Estoque hit the market. Now, Altadis has teamed up with the Plasencias once again for the Monecristo Espada Oscuro, a cigar covered in a dark Nicaraguan wrapper Altadis refers to as Habano Rosado Oscuro.
With the exception of the dark, oscuro wrapper, the new Montecristo Espada Oscuro is made with the same tobaccos as the original release. It’s expected to ship in May and was created by Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Altadis U.S.A.’s parent company Tabacalera USA—but he didn’t do it alone. He also worked with Pedro Ventura, head of Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros, a select group of industry experts within the company, as well as Nestor Andrés Plasencia, who makes the cigar in Nicaragua and provided the tobacco.
The Montecristo Espada Oscuro comes in three sizes: Ricasso, measuring 5 inches by 54 ring gauge ($13.27); Guarde, at 6 by 50 ($13.80) and Quillon, 7 by 56 ($14.61). All are packaged in 10-count boxes.
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