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September 25, 2013

The Growth of Montecristo Cigars to the Release of the Monte

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One of the most iconic and popular cigar brands in the cigar market today, Montecristo, continues to create different and new masterpiece handmade, premium cigars such as the Monte.

On a sunny day in Cuba during the year 1935 a man named Alonso Menendez decided he wanted to make premium cigars, so he purchased the Particulares Factory.  Okay so maybe it wasn’t a sunny day, I don’t know for sure, but what I do know for sure is that after Menendez envisioned making premium cigars, he came out with arguably the most popular cigar brand on the market to this day; Montecristo.  A fun fact about the brand is that it was named after the famous novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.”  When this brand first got its start, it was thought of in the industry as a super premium blend due to the quality tobacco that was used in the making of these various sticks.  It didn’t take long for Alonso Menendez to see success, but the Cuban Revolution and the nationalization of the cigar industry in 1961 led to some big changes for the brand.  Initially they fled to the Canary Islands so that they could re-establish the brand, but they ran into trademark issues with Cuban tobacco, so they made another move to relocate their operation to the Dominican Republic.  There they opened a new factory where they essentially started from scratch and also decided that they would release the Montecristo cigars for the US market.

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Fast forward many years to today.  Altadis is now the owner, marketer and distributor of the Montecristo brand.  Over the years Altadis has continued to grow the brand by creating over 90 different sizes, wrappers and shapes of the traditional Montecristo cigar as well as create many different cigar lines branching off of the brand.  Altadis expanded the line with cigars such as the Epic as well as with several other unique, limited edition regional cigars with unique blends for Texas, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York.   The most recent extension of the brand is the Monte.  The Monte is actually the 3rd spin off of the brand.  The Monte was released at the  International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in July

Monte by Montecristo Cigars

Monte Cigars

The Monte cigars are handmade with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a double binder of Dominican Olor and Vintage Nicaraguan, and well-aged Dominican filler tobacco.  The double binder and well-aged Dominican filler in this stick makes the Monte an unforgettable cigar.  The Monte is the most robust cigar from Montecristo so far, offering the smoker a complex, spicy and flavorful smoking experience.  The Monte is available in three sizes, the Monte which is 6×60, the Jacopo No. 2 which is 6 1/8×54, and the Conde which is 5 1/2 x48.

The Monte is a distinguished smoke perfect for anyone’s humidor.  While the name my be short, don’t be fooled, because this stick packs a big punch.  The double binder used in the Monte creates a lot of complexity and depth throughout the entire smoke ensuring you have an unforgettable experience every time you light up one of these premium cigars.  The Monte is a bold smoke sure to be loved by many cigar connoisseurs, especially if you already know and love the cigars from the Montecristo line from Altadis.   The Monte cigars come packaged in eye-catching designed boxes containing 16 sticks per box.

Montecristo is one of the most iconic cigar brands on the cigar market.  The high quality reputation of Montecristo cigars makes them extremely popular and sought after by many cigar connoisseurs.  The ability for the brand to come out with so many different premium blends and flavors, like the Monte, is what keeps this cigar brand among the most popular cigars in the world.    These hand-crafted cigars are made in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera de Garcia factory and are available in a variety of premium blends, many of which are available at Gotham Cigars.

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