Casa de Montecristo stores around the country now have their own size of the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua line, a 4 1/2 x 52 petit robusto called the Exclusivo.

Like the other sizes in the line, it is a Nicaraguan puro. While the varietals have not been disclosed, the tobacco comes from AJ Fernandez’s farms. AJ Fernandez is also producing the line at the company’s San Lotano factory.

The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Exclusivo has an MSRP of $15 per cigar and is offered in 10-count boxes. The company has not yet disclosed production numbers, other than saying that limited quantities are being made available at launch, which happened on June 11.

“At Casa de Montecristo, we are continuously looking for ways to offer our adult clientele the highest quality premium products,” said Brad Winstead, ceo of Casa de Montecristo, via a press release. “The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Exclusivo is a perfect fit for our brand and we look forward to providing our guests with this exclusive size. We are honored to be able to offer cigar lovers something they can’t get anywhere else.”

The line debuted in November 2020 as a celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Montecristo brand, which was created in Cuba in 1935 by Alonso Menéndez, who was the majority owner of one of the largest factories in the country. It debuted in four sizes:

  • Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Demi (5 1/2 x 46)
  • Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Toro (6 x 54)
  • Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 (6 1/8 x 52)
  • Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Churchill (7 x 52)

In May 2022, the company added a fifth size, the 5 1/2 x 60 Espeso, which is priced at $18 per cigar.

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