Cigar Aficionado

Montecristo's First Nicaraguan Puro

Altadis USA, owner of the non-Cuban Montecristo brand, has been releasing one creative iteration of Montecristo after the next. On July 1, tobacconists will receive the Montecristo Espada, a bold blend marking the first time that a Monte has been rolled with only Nicaraguan tobacco.

Montecristo Espada is described by Altadis as a spicy cigar that owes its strong, piquant character to a variety of growing regions in Nicaragua. Featuring a Cuban-seed Habano wrapper and binder from Jalapa, the cigar combines several different Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler from Jalapa, Ometepe and Condega.

The new smokes are made in Nicaragua at Nestor Plasencia's Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory and are a collaboration between Plasencia and the Altadis blending team, known as the Grupo de Maestros.

Espadas come packaged in striking suede boxes of ten, each adorned with three bands: a primary Montecristo band, a foot band that reads "Espada" and an ornate certificate wrapped around the middle of the smoke. Spanish for "sword," Espada is also a reference to the rapiers found on the iconic Montecristo logo, which was reinterpreted for this line to focus on a single sword rather than the traditional six.

 

Three sizes are available—Ricasso, 5 inches by 54 ring, Guard, 6 by 50 and Quillon, 7 by 56—and they're set to retail for $11.25 to $12.50 each.

Each tobacco used in the Espada is vintage dated and listed on the inner lid of the box.




"The Quillon: Wonderful construction, beautiful wrapper and Great Flavor. ! A consistent stick from start to finish. Notes of leather, spice and a hint of cinnamon . A must stick for your humidor. " —December 18, 2015 13:09 PM
"I work at Elliston Place Pipe and Tobacco in Nashville, TN and just smoked the "Guard" 50x6 Montecristo Espada. This is a fantastic cigar with a pre light hint of spice and sweet nougat. The draw is easy and the construction superb. To cut to the chase this cigar seems to me to be like and "Epic" with spice, white pepper and more body which is all a wonderful revelation in my opinion. The spice and white pepper notes seem to grow a bit stronger past the foot and first quarter putting the nougat note in the background but not compromising the great balance this cigar possesses overall. A bit of a leather note was added to the half way mark and I immediately wanted a cup of black coffee to complement these flavors. The second half remains consistent and finishes nicely. This is definitely a great showing from Montecristo." —July 16, 2014 19:05 PM
"Sounds like a wonderful addition to the line. I will certainly try these. James" —June 28, 2014 17:48 PM
"I'm game to try. Nice story." —June 23, 2014 16:18 PM
"I'm came to try. Nice story." —June 23, 2014 16:18 PM