Montecristo Original

  • Origin Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper Connecticut
  • Binder Dominican
  • Filler Dominican
  • Strength Medium

Montecristo is one of the most hallowed and recognized names in the world of premium cigars. The brand was created in Cuba in 1935, and the name for the brand was inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Legend has it this was a popular choice for the lectors in the factory to read to the torcedores on the factory floor. When the Cuban government nationalized the brand in 1960, the brand’s owners fled Cuba and eventually recreated the brand in the Dominican Republic for the American market. They skirted international trademark law by creating the brand for the US, as we still do not recognize Cuban trademarks here. This new Montecristo brand quickly established itself with US Consumers as a top tier cigar and continues to dominate the market today through a wealth of marks bearing the Montecristo name.

Montecristo Original is the brand that started American consumers’ love for post-Cuban embargo Dominican cigars. In 1960, many factory owners and torcedores fled Cuba’s new communist government and resettled in the DR. They quickly worked to establish new factories and build new versions of their storied brands for the USA. In La Romana, Dominican Republic, they quickly worked to present the legendary Cuban cigar in a smooth Dominican “exile” series that defies comparison to the Havanas. Using the finest Dominican filler and binder tobaccos along with a silky Connecticut shade wrapper, the blenders created an impeccable cigar with excellent construction. For over 50 years this blend has been a favorite of cigar smokers near and far. Tasting notes include flavors of earth, cream, and coffee along with hints of cedar and nuts.

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