Cigar Aficionado

San Cristobal Monumento
49 49
Tasting Note
No cigarmaker in the world today has more buzz than Jose “Pepin” Garcia. Mainly on the strength of the Tatuaje and Padilla brands, which he makes for other clients, his gutsy cigars have always graced our Top 25 list. Now Garcia has landed his largest client yet: the Levins, owners of the Ashton brand. The Levins asked Garcia to create San Cristobal in his new Nicaraguan factory, and he responded with a fine, rich smoke a bit more tempered than the leathery powerhouses for which he has become famous. The brand hit the market in August, led by the huge Monumento, a visually striking 7 1/4-inch x 49-ring cigar with a slightly tapered head and a wrapper the color of semisweet chocolate. The performance is typical Garcia, with spicy notes of nutmeg balanced by sweet cherry
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 49
Length 7 1/4"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $10.75
Designation Top 25 of 2007 | Rank: 12
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2009 | Score: 88

Large and dark with a bluntly tapered head. Some meaty, leather flavors emerge on the first puffs before incense notes and some earth flavors linger on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 25, 2007 | Score: 93

This dark Churchill has a pointed, torpedo-like cap. The first draws load the palate with spice, nutmeg and cherry flavors. A very rich and balanced smoke.

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