Cigar Aficionado

Espada by Montecristo Quillon
56 56
Tasting Note
Unlike most non-Cuban Montecristos, the Espada by Montecristo brand is made in Nicaragua at Plasencia Cigars and is a collaboration between Plasencia and the Altadis blending team, known as the Grupo de Maestros. They're made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco and come packaged in striking suede boxes of 10. Each cigar is adorned with three bands: a primary Montecristo band, a foot band that reads "Espada" and a certificate wrapped around the middle. Spanish for "sword," Espada is also a reference to the rapiers found on the iconic Montecristo logo, which was reinterpreted for this line. The large Quillon is an exceptional smoke offering the spice of a gingersnap with touches of cinnamon that build to a sweet, spicy finish.
Body Medium-Full
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 56
Length 7"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2016
Price $12.70
Designation Top 25 of 2015 | Rank: 20
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2018 | Score: 88

Large and imposing, this hefty Churchill is covered in a reddish-brown, colorado wrapper. It's a predominantly nutty cigar with notes of leather and earth.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2017 | Score: 88

A simple, leathery, woody smoke with notes of roasted peanut and earth. The woodiness is persistent, continuing onto the finish along with a bit of sharpness.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2015 | Score: 91

A golden-brown Churchill with a decent draw and flaky, but solid ash. It's toasty and sweet with a strong undercurrent of coffee bean. Cinnamon and leather notes also emerge.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2014 | Score: 90

Large and imposing, though very evenly rolled. The draw and burn are fine, imparting a creamy smoke buttressed by notes of cedar, graham cracker and hints of citrus.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale