The 80th anniversary of the Montecristo marca was last year, but the cigar celebrating it has finally arrived at a limited number retailers.

Montecristo 80 Aniversario single

Retailers in London have announced that the Montecristo 80 Aniversaio is now available for purchase, with a 20-count box going for £759 and singles for £39.99 at C.Gars Ltd in London, approximately US$1,011 and $51, respectively. Another retailer in the city has them listed for £800 per box, approximately US$1,064.

There have also been reports of limited quantities arriving in Canada and Mexico as well.

The cigar was first shown off at the Festival del Habano XVII in February 2015, the Cuban cigar industry’s annual celebration. It’s a new size for the Habanos S.A. portfolio, measuring 6 1/2 (165mm) in length with a 55 ring gauge, a bit longer than the brand’s Double Edmundo size. The blend is designed to be stronger than a standard Montecristo, with all the tobacco coming from Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region of Pínar del Río.

Just 30,000 boxes of the Montecristo 80 Aniversario are being produced.

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