Originating in Cuba in 1935 as a new brand from Menendez, Garcia y Cia., then the owners of the H. Upmann brand, the name is reported to have been inspired by Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel Le Comte de Monte Cristo. The cigars are all hand made and are medium in strength. The Dominican version of Cuba’s most widely smoked brand uses Dominican grown Cubano Piloto and Olor for the filler. The binder is Dominican grown Cubano Piloto. The natural wrapper is U.S. grown Connecticut Shade. The result is a medium to full-bodied cigar with a sweet aroma. Consolidated’s Tabacalera de Garcia factory in La Romana, Dominican Republic manufactured the Montecristo.
Just looking at the cigar you can see that it was rolled by expert hands. No soft spots, no hard spots, no glue on the wrapper, just a perfect looking cigar. An easy draw brings in earthy smoke with a slight creaminess to it. Some members of panel have burns on their fingers from smokin’ this one a little too close to the nub.
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