Altadis U.S.A. has enlisted the Plasencia family to produce its next all-Nicaraguan Montecristo. It’s a new addition to the Montecristo Epic portfolio called Craft Cured and, according to Altadis, it features a wrapper leaf grown in 2006. The cigars should begin shipping by mid-December.
In addition to the aged wrapper, Craft Cured is blended with a Nicaraguan binder grown on the island of Ometepe and filler from Estelí, Jalapa and Condega.
According to Altadis, the tobaccos used in the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured underwent a somewhat unconventional fermentation process. Typically, premium cigar tobacco is fermented in large pilónes, or dense piles of tobacco with boards, cardboard or old tobacco stems beneath. The pilónes are usually made up of a single tobacco varietal and can weigh 3,500 or even 4,000 pounds. For Craft Cured, the tobaccos were fermented together in smaller pilones, which Altadis says allows for a more flavorful cigar.
Craft Cured will be offered in three similar sizes, measuring 5 inches by 52 ring gauge, 6 by 52, and 6 1/8 by 52. They’ll be presented in boxes of 10 and cost between $14.65 and $16.50 per cigar.The Montecristo Epic line has been produced at the Altadis-owned Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana, Dominican Republic, since 2012. This new Nicaraguan version is the third Montecristo line made by the Plasencia family. The first was 2014's Montecristo Espada, followed by Montecristo Espada Estoque, which came out in 2015 and returned this year as a limited edition.